Lobbying and advocacy for improved library development and services in Anambra State, Nigeria

Lobbying and advocacy for improved library development and services in Anambra State, Nigeria

Author: 
Ngozi P. Osuchukwu, Cyprain C. Anyadiegwu, Ebere A. Eneh and Adaeze N. Nzewi
Abstract: 

This study examined the issues of lobbying and advocacy for improved library development and services in Anambra state, Nigeria. It investigated the involvement of the librarians and their willingness to be trained on the strategies of lobbying and advocacy. It also identified the challenges that affect lobbying and advocacy. The descriptive survey research design was adopted using designed questionnaire for data collection. The members of Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State Chapter working in the library schools and other libraries in the state constituted the population of the study. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts and mean. The study found total non-involvement of librarians in lobbying program, although, some librarians are engaged in advocacy activities. They also indicated their willingness for capacity building. Also revealed was the identification of infrastructure, budget allocation, positive legislation for library development and services as the areas that should be on priority list. It was found out among other things that time, expenses, fatigue, impede effective lobbying and advocacy. The study recommended that Nigerian Library Association should engage all sectors of libraries in articulating the best practices and areas that need immediate lobbying and advocacy.

Paper No: 
074