Impact and roles of libraries in national development: A case of Bingham University academic staff
A nation is said to have attained national development when its citizen reaches the highest possible standard of living. The key role of education towards the attainment of national development has made qualitative education a key component of the Seven-Point Agenda of sustainable economy. This in turn requires Libraries to improve our educational system, agriculture, health sector and tourism... The realization of the enormous power of information has made Libraries and information resource centres inevitably present in many sectors of the nations development. The level and quality of library participation in a populace such; as education, agricultural activities, tourism, health and commercial activities are paramount contributory factors to the level of national development in Nigeria. This research evaluated the impact and roles of libraries to national development. . The target population of this study comprises the Academic Staff of Bingham University. Sixty (60) questionnaires were distributed fifty (50) was returned In the course of the research, the researchers were able to find out that library plays a vital role in the development of a nation, a comprehensive national library and information policy for the country be established, more ways should be employed to generate internal revenue in the Library.. It is therefore important that Libraries be given stake holder roles for the Nigeria‟s national development. This paper looks at various types of libraries and their basic functions and roles in national development.
Key Words: Libraries, functions, roles, National, Development