Library & Information Science – Course Modules


LIS 101  –      Libraries and Society                        

Roles of the library in society; its relationship with other information and communication systems; purposes and functions of various types of libraries; the library as an institution in modern Africa; communications; oral tradition, publishing and mass media in contemporary African society; the library as an institution for development; the library profession—science or art; professional responsibility and ethical issues in the profession; application of ICT in library services (Core – 2 units)

LIS 102    –      History of Libraries

Outline history of libraries; socio-economic, political, educational and intellectual factors influencing the development of libraries; evolution of Nigerian libraries from pre-colonial to post independence period; Islamic scholarship and growth of Arabic collections; forces in the emergence of modern libraries in Nigeria; development of Nigerian libraries by types; contributions of professional associations and regulatory bodies, international organisations and other external agencies. (Core – 2 units)

LIS 103    –       Library Visits and Orientation

Study visits to libraries, information centres, archives, museums, publishing houses, printing presses and allied organizations and institutions to acquaint students with the structure and management of the information profession. Practical demonstrations by personnel of institutions visited. Orientation on the nature and importance of library and information science and in basic library processes in the teaching laboratory. (Core – 2 units).

LIS 104     –      Introduction to Library Resources and Services

Characteristics and uses of different types of library materials: books, periodicals, government publications, grey literature, audiovisual materials, electronic sources; communication theory and library services; concept of reference services, evaluation of reference collections and services (Core – 3 units).           

 LIS 211    –      Collection Development

Concept of collection development; types of information materials; collection development process—community analysis; collection development policy; selection; acquisition; weeding, evaluation. Selection tools, criteria and methods; acquisition procedures and issues; application of ICT to selection and acquisition processes; censorship issues; evaluation of collections; challenges of collection development in Africa; use of on-line resources and digital technology in developing library collections. (Core – 2 units).

LIS 212    –      Organisation of Knowledge I

Types and format of catalogues; description and history of cataloguing and classification; theory and practice; cataloguing routines including descriptive cataloguing, using the AACR II, subject cataloguing and classification using Library of Congress and Sear’s List of subject headings, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification schemes.; online cataloguing and other applications of ICTs in cataloguing and classification (Core –2 units)

LIS 241  –      Introduction to Library Administration

History and concept of administration/management; management theories and their application to libraries; administrative patterns and organizational structure in Nigerian libraries; (Core – 3 units)

LIS 213     –      Technical Services in Libraries

Nature/scope of technical services in libraries and information centres; management aspects of the following technical operations: acquisition and collection development; cataloguing and classification, storage and preservation; special problems in the management of library technical services; automation of technical operations. ((Core – 2 units)

 LIS 222    –       Oral Traditions and Cultural Literature

Traditional information systems: nature, types, sources, strengths and limitations; concept of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and cultural resources; oral knowledge of the history and culture of a people; oral literature as source materials for research; preservation, storage and retrieval; role of libraries in collection, transcription and documentation; practical work/project in resource generation. (Elective – 2 Units)

 LIS 232    –      Introduction to Bibliography

Concept of bibliography; role of bibliography as a tool in organizing knowledge; types of bibliographies and their uses; steps in bibliographic compilation; criteria for evaluation; role of modern technology in bibliography; compilation of a bibliography on a selected subject/topic. (Core – 2units)

LIS 234    –      Information Users

Types of information users; identification of potential library users; assessment of information needs; a user’s information seeking behaviour patterns; user surveys and needs analysis management roles and responsibilities; management of the various resources of the library: personnel, funds, equipment, and collections; ICT management; use of library statistics, systems analysis, legislation, public relations. (Core – 2 units)

LIS 242  – Library Work with Children and Youth

Philosophy and objectives of library work with children and youth in an international and Nigerian context; overview of library services: public, school, informal; comparative philosophy, structure, and programmes; characteristics and needs of children and youth; appropriate resources and services for various age levels; libraries and reading development; literature for children and youth; information literacy and learning how to learn; resources for learning; resource production and use; practical application in schools and the Children’s Centre Library. (Elective – 2 units)

 LIS 243    –      Library and Information Services to Disadvantaged Communities

Definition and types of disadvantaged communities in Nigeria and Africa: rural, urban, barracks communities, refugees, isolated and excluded populations, prisoners, the physically challenged, etc.; Nigerian rural setting; urban disadvantaged communities; needs assessment; information sources and strategies for information service delivery; library and information programmes and resources repackaging; media for development; identification of and cooperation with other change agents. (Core – 2 units)

LIS 252    –      Computers and Data Processing

Practical course intended to equip students with basic computer skills and the fundamentals of data processing in the library context; demonstration and practice using application programmes, e.g. MS Word, Excel, Power Point, library software. (Core – 2 units)

LIS 311    –      Organisation of Knowledge II

Intensive practice in descriptive cataloguing; interpretation and application of AACRII in descriptive cataloguing; subject cataloguing; in- depth analysis of the structure of Sears’ List of Subject Headings and Library of Congress Subject Headings; demonstration and application of the DDC and LC in classification of library materials (book and non-book); application of ICT in cataloguing and classification with special emphasis on MARC and online catalogues; special problems in cataloguing and classification. (Core – 3 units).

LIS 331    –     Introduction to Information Science

Concept of information; definition of basic terminology; growth of knowledge, information needs and problems of bibliographic control, content analysis; indexing and abstracting; computers and information storage and retrieval. (Core – 2 units).

LIS 352     –      Library Practice and Internship (SIWES)

Intensive practical work carried out in the Children’s Centre Library under the supervision of the Department of Library and Information Science, followed by six months of supervised field experience in an approved library or information centre. (Core – 15 units)

 LIS 361   – Research Methods in Library and Information Science

Nature and purpose of research in library and information science; quantitative and qualitative research traditions; research design: experimental, survey, causal/comparative, historical, etc; the research process: planning stages, data collection and analysis, drawing conclusions and writing project reports; application to qualitative and quantitative research; basic statistical concepts and calculations of descriptive and inferential statistics; (Core – 3 units).

LIS 402   –     Contemporary Technology in Libraries

Advances in computer applications in libraries, telecommunications and related technologies and their application to libraries and information work, prospects for the use of these technologies in Africa. (Core – 2 units).

LIS 404    –      Publishing and Book Production

Nature of book publishing and trade in Africa (Nigeria); books for various categories of readers, the multi-national publishers; indigenous publishing; government and individuals as publishers; bookshops and bookselling; problems and marketing distribution. (Elective – 2 units).

LIS 412    –      Indexing and Abstracting

Concepts and methods of indexing and abstracting; types of indexes and abstracts; functions of indexes and abstracts as tools for information retrieval in libraries; Thesaurus construction; indexing and abstracting services including electronic databases; evaluation of indexes and abstracts; automation of indexing and abstracting processes. Practice in developing indexing and abstracting tools. (Core – 2 units).

LIS 414  –   Preservation and Conservation of Lbrary Materials

Care of library resources and equipment; history of papermaking; causes of and prevention of damage to paper; preservation processes and repairing of damage to library resources; special storage facilities. (Elective – 2 units)

 LIS 421    –      Audiovisual Librarianship

Concept of audiovisual and non-book media; development of audiovisual technologies and effects on library collections and services; range of audiovisual resources—traditional, electronic, digital—their distinctive features and use in library services; selection criteria; organization; preservation and handling; production and use; audiovisual management; setting up an audiovisual unit. Practice in production and cataloguing of audiovisual resources. (Core – 2 units)

 LIS 422    –     Government and Serial Publications

Meaning, nature, types and uses of government documents and serial publications. Acquisition, organization’ management, use and bibliographic control; formats; information resources, including ICTs and audio visual resources; publications of international organizations. Serials indexing and abstracting services; use of ICTs in serials, storage, access and use. (2 units)

LIS 423   –      Literature of African Studies

Objectives, history and development of African studies. Key titles in the development of the field and its component subjects; research and scholarship in African studies; African studies in contemporary world; role of ICTs in African studies; bibliographic sources and other reference material services for African studies. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 424    –      Children’s Literature

Psychology of children and adolescents as it relates to literature; history and development of children’s and young adult literature, survey of international classics and African/Nigerian writing for children and youth; oral literature, picture books, poetry, fantasy literature, realistic fiction, teenage novels, nonfiction literature for children and adolescents. (Elective – 2 units)

 LIS 425   –      Literature of Humanities and Social Sciences

Nature of humanities and social sciences; subjects of humanities and social sciences; structure of information materials in humanities and social sciences; patterns of literature use in humanities and social sciences; reference work in humanities and social sciences; bibliographic organization and control. (Elective – 2 units)

 LIS 427    –   Literature of Science and Technology

Character of science and technology and literature in these fields; science and technology disciplines; characteristics of scientific and technical literature; basic information sources; use of ICT for information search and retrieval in science and technology; reference work in science and technology; bibliographic organization and control. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 431    –      Reference and Information Services

Theory and organization of reference and information services; techniques of literature searching using traditional and digital resources; abstracting and indexing services; current awareness, SDI and translation services; extension services; reference and information services in different types of libraries; status of reference and information services in Nigerian libraries. (Core – 2 units)

LIS 441   –      National and Public Libraries

Concept, history, development, objectives and functions; organization, finance, staffing, clientele, collections and services. Major national libraries in the world. National and public libraries in Nigeria; role in national development. Interrelationship among national and public libraries in Nigeria. ICTs in national and public library services in Nigeria. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 442    –     Archives Administration and Records Management

Definition and development of archives; principles and techniques of organization of archives; principles and techniques of organization of archival materials; nature and handling of records, manuscripts etc; the National Archives of Nigeria: origins, development and services. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 443    –      Academic and Special Libraries

Role of libraries in academic institutions; government and control; organization; personnel; information resources; services; standards; development and problems of academic libraries in Nigeria; Nature and functions of special libraries; relations with parent institution; staffing; collections; services; special libraries in Nigeria;ICTs and their application in academic and special libraries. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 444   – Inter-library cooperation and information networks

Concepts, scope and types of inter-library cooperation; library and information networks; library consortia and resource sharing; interlibrary loans; status and problems of library cooperation in Nigeria and other countries; international efforts. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 445   –       School Libraries and Media Resource Centres

Functions of school libraries; evolution of media resource centres; standards; personnel; collections; services; development and problems of school libraries and media resource centres in Nigeria. (Elective – 2 units)

 LIS 446    –      Library and Information Service Policy

Meaning and objectives of national information polices (NIPs); factors in the formulation of NIPs; ICT as a critical factor in NIPs; structure and functions of a central body to coordinate library and information services; information policies of other countries and their relevance to Nigeria. (Elective – 2 units)

LIS 448   –   Library Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing of library and information services; promotional programming and management; public relations theory and practice in the library context; role of ICTs in library marketing and promotions.

(Elective – 2 units)

LIS 462    –       Project

Research on a topic of the student’s own choice approved by the Departmental Board and presentation of a formal report demonstrating the project’s contribution to knowledge. (Core – 4 units)


LIS 302    –       School Librarianship

The central position of school libraries in education; school libraries in Nigeria; school library requirements: facilities, material and human resources; selection and organization of library materials; role of the library in expanding learning resources, including e-resources, in promoting reading and developing information literacy. (2 units)


 LIS 0501         Introduction to Library and Information Science

Origin, history, definition, types and functions of libraries. Role of libraries in societies e.g. (ancient, modern, and African society), interrelationship of library and information centres with other systems (e.g. educational, economic and social systems). (2 units)

LIS 0503         Visits to Library and Information centres

Study visits to libraries, information centres, museums, etc to acquaint students with the structure and management of Library profession. Orientation in basic library processes in the teaching lab. (1 unit)

LIS 0511         Cataloguing and Classification I                

Parts of a book, types and formats of cataloging, history of cataloging and classification codes and filing rules, theory and practice of descriptive cataloguing using AAR2.   (2 units)

LIS 0512         Cataloguing and Classification II      

Preparation of the dictionary and classified catalogues. Subject cataloguing and classification using DDC, LC And Sear’s list of subject heading, UDC, facetted classification scheme, online cataloguing, etc. (1 unit)

LIS 0513         Basic Technical Services in Libraries

Management aspects of acquisition, book processing, cataloguing, circulation and control, binding, preservation of materials automation of technical operation, reprography. (2 units)

LIS 0515         Collection Development

Collection of collection development including selection, acquisition, weeding, censorship, evaluation, .ICT application in collection development, resource sharing (inter-library cooperation). (2 units)

 LIS 0522         Literature in Subject Areas

An overview of literature in subject areas such as African studies, science and technology, humanities and social sciences, including print, digital and oral information sources (i.e. indigenous knowledge). (2 units)

LIS 0542         Administration of Libraries

Basic administration of all types of libraries, personnel, funding, organization, budgeting etc. (2 units)

LIS 0551         Fundamentals of Library resources and services

Overview of library sources and services, characteristics and uses of different types of library materials, communication theories and library services, concepts of reference services, basic library services including technical readers preservation, circulation, acquisition, organization, reference, etc. (2 units).

LIS 0552         Media resources in Libraries

Characteristics and use of media resources in libraries including visual, aural, three dimensional and digital information sources, acquisition, classification, cataloguing, storage and preservation of media resources. (2 units)

LIS 0554         Reference and Information Services

Nature of reference and information sources and services, categories, characteristics, use of reference works. Reference and information services in different types of libraries. Status of reference and information services in Nigeria libraries. ICT in reference and information services. (2 units).

LIS 0561         Practice Librarianship

Practice in basic technical readers’ services in libraries. (2 units).

LIS 0570         Research Methods in Library and Information Science

Nature and purpose of research in library and information science, types of research: survey, history, documentary and experimental. (2 units)

LIS 0590        Project

Research on topical issues and presentation of a formal report. Project to be assessed for its practical relevance and extent to which it shows the student’s grasp of methodology in library and information science research. (4 units)