LEVERAGING EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICE IN NIGERIA
Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Bichi CLN
Emerging technologies (ET) for library services abound. Emerging technology comprise of technological tools that facilitate user services, instruction, library management and technical services. The emergence of these technologies has provided libraries across the globe great opportunities to enhance provision of library and information services to their users. Many libraries particularly of the developed countries have been providing library and information services through the use of ET such as computer, RFID and communication technologies. Public libraries in Nigeria should not be an exception in embracing and utilizing these technologies in order to serve their users in a more efficient and effective ways. Through the review of available literature, this paper seeks to identify various types of ET for libraries and their uses in public library services. It also explores Public libraries in Nigeria, opportunities for adoption and the challenges public libraries are likely to face towards the utilization of ET. The paper concludes with some vital recommendations.