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Sci-Afric Journal of Educational Research and Learning Techniques

Sci-Afric Journal of Educational Research and Learning Techniques

Vol. 5(1), pp. 161-168, July 2017


Full Length Research Paper

Relevance of Ranganathan’s Laws of Library Science to Academic Libraries in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Era


*1Awoyemi Olubunmi Olawumi and 2Ogunwande O.O

*1Senior Librarian (Law), Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
2Law Librarian, Osun State University, Osun State, Nigeria

Corresponding Author: awoyemiolubunmi@gmail.com


Accepted July 4th, 2017



The study examined relevance of Ranganathan’s laws of library science to academic libraries in the Information and Communication Technologies era. The paper discussed the five laws of library science propounded by the father of library science in India, S.R Ranganathan in 1931, detailing the principles of operating a library science. The paper further examined academic libraries in the ICTs era and the relevance of these laws to academic libraries in the ICT era. The study concluded that, although, Ranganathan conceived these laws nearly a century ago, the laws made a fundamental contribution to the development of Library and Information Science because they are relevant in relation to the past, present day developments as well as future developments; they are very much applicable in the present electronic and digital era. The laws have been useful in academic libraries because they have made an impact on the growth and development of the libraries.

Keywords: Ranganathan’s Law, Academic Libraries, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).


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