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Title:The challenges of a modern tertiary education system: paradigm shifts for educators and information professionals in sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Adeogun, MargaretISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:higher education
teaching methods
Abstract:The 21st century ushered in a new world order whereby the workplace is asking for graduates who have acquired a strong intellectual framework for accessing information to create new things effectively. This calls for pedagogic restructuring in higher education and in particular the adoption of resource-based teaching and learning systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The changing education landscape and the different formats in which resources are prepackaged have also ushered in new roles for academic librarians who are now actively involved in helping library users to acquire information literacy skills. The high illiteracy level and the low enrolment in tertiary education across sub-Saharan Africa are a hindrance to the acquisition of information literacy skills. Academic librarians are the chief instructors in information instructional programmes and serve as consultants on information issues and problems. Information professionals need to provide instructions on research methods and other areas that deal with incorporating information and communications technologies (ICTs) into learning. Teaching staff and librarians should engage collaboratively in the redesign and implementation of the instructional system in tertiary education. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]