Towards Enhancing National Security in Nigeria: The Roles of Library

Lazarus C. Njoku and Eucharia Ken-Agbiriogu
Keywords: National security, Roles of libraries
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2020 2(1), 60-70. Published: September 11, 2020


Abstract

The study investigated the role of the library on national security in Nigeria. It was carried out to identify the extent the library can contribute to national security effectiveness through information sharing, information provision, and public education. This is because if the problem of insecurity must reduce in our society, all the stakeholders, including the library has positive roles to play. The study highlighted the strategies adopted by the library in promoting national security. They include: Moral boosting strategy, selective dissemination of peace information/ education strategy, transformation and change strategy, peace and reconciliation strategy, social integration strategy, national development strategy, and free access to information resources strategy. Based on the these, it was recommended that security agencies should be as a matter of deliberate government policy, work closely with the library in the war against insecurity; library should design a blueprint for security consciousness; and rural libraries/mobile libraries should be more functional to distribute literacy materials to help rural dwellers be better information sensitive in this information driven society.