26 Jan 2017






Librarians: Caring Knowledge Managers



The Department of Library and Information Science was one of the foundation programmes mounted by the then Imo State University, Etiti in 1981. It was then known as Library Studies Unit and located in the School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. A pioneer staff of the University, B.O. Amaeshi was given the responsibility of developing the discipline as the Director of Library Studies.

The Department changed its official name from Library Studies to Library and Information Science in 2000/2001 session in response to changes in the profession. In 2001/2002 session, the university changed from the collegiate to Faculty system. Consequently the name of the department changed from Library and Information Science Unit to Department of library and Information Science in the MJC Echeruo Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (having been named after the first Vice-Chancellor, and a Professor of English, Prof. MJC Echeruo), with Professor B.O Amaeshi as the first Head of Department.

In 2005/2006 session, the Department introduced a Bachelor degree programme in Information Science, while the regular programme in Library and Information Science has an evening section.

In 1985, the Department graduated her first batch of Bachelor of Library studies (BLIS) students made up of 19 graduates. Till date more than 800 students have successfully completed their BLS degrees in the Department. In 2005/2006 session, the Department introduced a Bachelor’s degree programme in Information Science.

The Department in 1990 commenced a postgraduate programme for the award of Master of Library Science (MLS). In 2006 and 2008, the department admitted its first batches of students into the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (PGDLIS) and Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (Ph.D) programmes respectively. At present, more than a hundred students have so far been awarded the higher degrees of Library and Information Science.

At present, there are ten members of academic staff comprising 3 Professors, 2 Senior lecturers and 6 others.

The department has a Multi-media resource centre and a functional Library/Workroom stocked with books and tools for Cataloguing and classification. It also serves as laboratory for students and staff in carrying out practical sessions. The Departmental Library is administered by a Higher Library Officer.




The general case for librarians and information scientists tests on their important role in our modern educational system, the information needs of government, business, commerce and industry for planning and decision making. In our modern world of information to control the flow of information is to control progress in many fields of endeavour.

In Nigeria, there has since independence been an explosion in all levels of education, growth of universities in number and size, increases in colleges of technology, Advanced Teachers Colleges etc. and an increase in secondary and primary schools system and in the establishment of a National Library. There has been a growth in research institutes, business, commercial and financial houses. There is therefore, tremendous need for librarians and information scientists in the country.

There would appear to be no doubt in the wisdom of the founding fathers of this University in mounting Library and Information Science as a course in this University. There are good indications that we can develop here a major professional school of Library and Information Science which can exert a considerable impact on the educational, technological, economic and cultural progress of our people.


  1. To produce competent library and information professionals for all types of libraries.
  2. To inculcate in the students the right attitude and an understanding of the responsibilities and judgments necessary for success in library and information profession.
  3. To prepare students to understand the changing ideas and patterns of service and to encourage them towards to commitment for improvement.
  4. To equip the students with the basic methodology necessary for research in the library and information profession.
  5. To inculcate in students n awareness of the importance of library and information services in Nigeria and infuse in them a desire to produce these services.
  6. To identify through research the nature of the library and information needs of the university’s immediate environment as well as the larger Nigerian society.



Admission into the Department for a four programme is though the University Matriculation Examination (UME) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation board (JAMB). For candidates to be admitted into this department, they must possess any of the following:

  1. Five (5) credits in relevant subjects including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings obtained from any of the following: WASSCE, GCE, and NECO (ordinary level).
  2. At least merit or credit level pass in all subjects in the Teachers Grade 11 Certificate.
  • NECO can be combined with WASC or GCE to make up the required number of credit for admission.



Candidates for direct entry admission must possess either of the following at credit level obtained from any recognized institution of higher learning in Nigeria or overseas:

  1. Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Library and Information Science
  2. Diploma in Library and Information Science
  3. NCE in Library and Information Science

Programme Structure

  1. Period of formal studies in the University:

Formal studies take place in academic session broken down into two semesters with strict adherence to lecture time table and credit hours. There are fourteen (14) weeks of lectures in each semester.

2.Industrial Training:

Students are allowed to participate in the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). The Scheme lasts for six weeks after the second semester of the third year.

3.Planned Visits and Projects:

To gain practical experience, planned visits to Libraries, Information Centres, Archives, Information Communication Technology establishments, Publishing and Printing firms are organized for the students. Projects carried out by students include bibliography compilation, preparation of catalogue cards and production of abstracts and indexes.




The maximum period any student is allowed to complete a degree programme of the University shall be two (2) years additional to the normal minimum period.

Minimum Period                       Maximum Period

2 years programme                     4 years (8 semesters)

3 years programme                     5 years (10 semesters)

4 years programme                     6 years (12 semesters)



Names of Prominent Alumni of the Department

  1. Okee Okoro                                  University Librarian, IMSU
  2. Udo Nwokocha                            University Librarian, ABSU
  3. A.N Uhegbu                                    ABSU
  4. A.O Unagha                                    ABSU
  5. Desmond Oparaku                      Deputy Rector, Fed. Poly.Nekede
  6. Aki Onwuka                                   Airtel Communication, Nigeria
  7. Paul Oluikpe                                 Director, CBN
  8. Glory Agwu                                   Abia Poly Librarian
  9. Okey Asonye                                Director, Abia State Public Library Services
  10. Nkem Osuigwe                            Former State Librarian, Anambra State
  11. Chidi Nwosu                                 Book foundation
  12. Dr Pearl Akanwa                         HOD, LIS IMSU
  13. Nkechi Nwakezie                        Manager, Fidelity bank, Owerri
  14. Esther Okai                                  Proprietor, Beginners’ Basic Schools, Eziama Aba
  15. Oliver Ugocha                             HOD, LIS ABSU
  16. Charles Obichere                       PRO, Poly, Nekede