Information Space for Nigerian Rural Dwellers: Roles of Public Libraries
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This paper examines the information needs of rural dwellers in Nigeria and the roles played by public libraries to make sure that these needs are met using the instrumentality of information and communications technology. Rural dwellers in Nigeria are predominantly farmers. Nigeria cannot afford the neglect of her rural communities if United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable developments are to be met. Literature on information needs of rural dwellers and their use of information technology were reviewed. Literature was also reviewed on the roles of libraries in meeting the information needs of rural dwellers. A model was developed on how public libraries can collaborate with other stakeholders to provide an information space that will meet the information needs of rural dwellers. The model took cognisance of use of mobile devices by the rural dwellers. Recommendations are made on how the implementation of the model can be sustained.