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Involvement of Library Professional Associations in Development of Primary School Libraries in South East Nigeria

M. N. Ngwuchukwu and V. W. Dike

Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society

This study is on the involvement of library professional associations in the development of primary school libraries. The aim is to examine the factors and successes in South East Nigeria. The population of this study comprises all the library professional associations in South East Nigeria. It uses structured interview and document analysis schedule to generate data. The twenty key players in the professional associations purposively sampled participated in the study. Data are presented using the thematic order of reporting, which provides the themes for the content analysis. It indicates that professional associations were very active in the development of primary school libraries in the 1980’s to early 1990’s. The activities that were in place were awareness campaigns, training of teacher librarians, placing of jingles, lobbying of government and collaboration with other agencies. These activities helped in school library development, but dwindled from 1990 as a result of creation of new States, retirement of key players in the associations from civil service. It concludes that selfless and dedicated efforts on the part of professionals is believed to have the power to rekindle the development of primary school libraries in South East Nigeria