The Role of Academic Libraries towards the Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals: The Nigerian Perspective

Omorodion Okuonghae & Magnus Osahon Igbinovia

Abstract


The study investigated how academic libraries can enhance the actualization of the United Nations’ developmental agenda in Nigeria, in a bid to make the world a better place for all.  To this end, three (3) pertinent research objectives were generated to guide the conduct of the study which translated into the questions for the study. The survey type of the descriptive research design was adopted for a population of 270 librarians from 18 academic libraries across the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Total enumeration was adopted as sampling technique, while questionnaire was used to collect data. Out of the 270 copies of questionnaire distributed, 202 were retrieved and found useable, constituting 75% response rate. The descriptive statistics was used in analyzing the data for the study. The study showed that academic libraries contribute to the actualization of the sustainable development goals in Nigeria by providing conducive learning space and information resources to users. On ways academic libraries can foster attainment of SDGs, the study revealed that these libraries should engage in collaboration that supports information dissemination and strive to bridge the information needs of government and non-governmental institutions. Moreover, the study found that the major challenges of academic libraries in the provision of information services for the attainment of SDGs are poor networking among libraries and library professionals and inadequate/irregular training of library staff. Thus, recommendations were made in view of the challenges discovered and the study’s objectives.


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