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Digital Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Role of Libraries

Ifijeh, Goodluck and Iwu-James, Juliana and Adebayo, Oyeronke (2016) Digital Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Role of Libraries. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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Sustainable development has been defined as the development that meets the social, economic and technological needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To attain sustainable development, the roles of information and digital literacy cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, adult illiteracy rate in Nigeria stands at 56.9%, while 95% of Nigerians do not own a personal computer (PC). Considering that opportunities and access to information and communication technologies (which are key drivers of sustainable development) are predicated on literacy, the Nigerian situation is very disturbing. In this paper, we examine the concept of digital inclusion and its role in sustainable development. An assessment of the situation in Nigeria reveals that libraries at different levels have critical roles to play in surmounting the challenges of digital inclusion in the country. The paper concludes with a way forward for libraries and key actors in the Nigerian polity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Development, Digital Inclusion, Nigeria, Libraries, Digital Literacy.
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 12:43

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