Emerging Technologies as a Panacea for Sustainable Provision of Library Services in Nigeria

Emerging Technologies as a Panacea for Sustainable Provision of Library Services in Nigeria

Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5964-5.ch001
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The sustainability of library services is the contemporary trend within the library global ecosystem in which emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, gamification, augmented reality, etc. are amply harnessed. These technologies have been adopted and are being used for the sustainable provision of library services in developed countries. But in a developing country like Nigeria, there are myriads challenges that are mitigating its adoption and use. The chapter discussed the sustainable library service delivery process driven by emerging technologies and situated the five laws of library science within the discourse to show its relevance in this era. The study revealed a lacuna that librarians are not evolving at the desirable pace of infusing emerging technologies into the nitty-gritty of service delivery. Therefore, the study recommends a change in disposition to these technologies, which are enablers and not a threat to librarians.
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Emerging Technologies (Emts) In Contemporary Libraries

Contemporary times have witnessed an influx of EMTs that are redefining the social landscape of service delivery of which the library is not an exception. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4thIR) ushered in emerging technological trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Library Book Vending Machine (LBVM), Social Media Technologies (SMTs), Mobile Technologies, Big Data, Data Visualization, Blockchain Technology (BCT), Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR), etc. for sustainable service delivery across the globe to a varying degree.

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