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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Media News in Nigeria: The Role of Libraries and Library Associations in Information Dissemination

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Year:
2020
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
COVID-19, Libraries, Social Media, Information Dissemination, Library Association, Nigeria
Authors:
  • Ladan, Abubakar
  • Haruna, Bala
  • Madu, Augustine Uzoma
Journal:
IJIRES
Volume:
7
Number:
2
Pages:
125-133
Month:
March
ISSN:
2349-5219
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Abstract:
The outbreak of corona virus, known as Covid-19 by the world health organisation has thrown the global community into fear and anxiety. While the developed countries are test-running their techno-medical prowess in effort to develop drugs and measures to curtail much spread. The non-developed countries like Nigeria have found the pandemic a herculean task to contend with due to poor advancement in technology and information management. This study highlighted information poverty as a resulted of dependence on social media as information source which has left the country managing and circulation fake news. Fake news and conspiracy theories, population and hunger, religion, doctor to patient ration, social gathering ignorance have provided challenges to the fight against the pandemic. The libraries and library associations have been earmarked as vital towards genuine information provision and dissemination. The study concludes that Nigeria should rise to fight the pandemic since most countries of the world are affected too.

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