AINA, Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo

Born December 20, 1950
Prof.

OLATOKUNBO

Lenrie

1. PhD Library Studies, Ibadan, 1986.
2. M.Phil. Information Science, City University, London 1980.
3. Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship, Ibadan, 1976.
4. B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry, Lagos (Second Class Lower Division) 1974.

Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina is the National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria and a Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He was a practising librarian at the University of Ibadan Library, 1976-1978. Professor Aina is the Pioneer Editor-in -Chief of the African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, the only library and information science journal in Africa covered by the World acclaimed Web of Science. His research interests span through all areas of library and information science. This speaks of his versatility and grip of his chosen profession. He has given numerous invited talks and tutorials at national and international levels and he is a consultant to institutions and companies of which technical reports submitted have greatly impacted and improved services they render. Professor Aina has served as external examiner in over 30 African universities. He has served on the Accreditation Panel of National Universities Commission (NUC) to different universities in Nigeria. Professor L. O. Aina is the Pioneer Editor-in -Chief of the African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, the only library and information science journal in Africa covered by the World acclaimed Web of Science. His research interests span through all areas of library and information science. This speaks of his versatility and grip of his chosen profession. He has given numerous invited talks and tutorials at national and international levels and he is a consultant to institutions and companies of which technical reports submitted have greatly impacted and improved services they render. Professor Aina has authored co-authored (10) books on library and information science, which are adjudged as invaluable information materials for students and library educators all over the world. One of such books is entitled “Library and Information Science Text for Africa (2004), which is used by library and information science schools throughout Africa. He is also an expert in curriculum development in librarianship and information science. Between 1982 -2016 he has been involved in designing of curricula for universities. Some of such efforts are: Involvement in the design of Master of Information Science Programme at University of Ibadan (1983-1885), involvement in the design of Master and Doctorate Degrees in Library and Information Programme at the University of Botswana (1993-1997), served as a resource person in the development of curriculum of diploma, bachelor and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in library studies at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa (1995) and involvement in the design of master’s and doctoral programmes in Information Technology in Federal University of Technology, Minna in 2008 and the design of Bachelors of Library and Information Science; Master of Library and Information Science; and Doctoral degree programe in of Library and Information Science; at the University of Ilorin (2008 to 2013). Professor Aina currently supervises eight doctoral students at the University of Ilorin and eleven Masters students at Africa Regional Centre for Information Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Prof. Aina has published 60 journal articles and attended over 66 conferences, seminars and workshops in 27 countries (Botswana, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Professor Aina is a member of seventeen (17) professional associations. His passion and desire for the Nation, Nigeria is to see that library services flourish to meet the needs of both young and old and that the citizenry imbibe good reading culture. He also wishes that emerging technologies which make access to information are deployed, embraced and utilized by libraries to enhance service delivery.
Gender: Male
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Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 3
Profession Librarian , Academia , Author
Working Experience Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria , National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria , University of Botswana, 1989-2007; , Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria 2008;

National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria; Professor, Library and Information Science, University of Ilorin, 2008-;

Previous Appointments:

– Librarian, University of Ibadan Library, 1976-1978;

– Professor, University of Ibadan, 1978-1989;

– Professor, University of Botswana, 1989-2007;

– Professor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria 2008;

– Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, 2009-2013;

– Member, Governing Board of the National Library of Nigeria, 2010-2011;

– President, Nigerian Library Association, 2010-2012;

– Visiting Professor, Africa Regional Centre for Information Science, University of Ibadan.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

– Member, American Library Association;
– Fellow, Nigerian Library association (FNLA);
– Member, Institute of Information Scientists (M.I.Inf.Sc.)

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: University of Lagos, Lagos State, 1970-1974; University of Ibadan, Oyo State, 1975-1976; The City University, London, UK, 1979-1980; University of Ibadan, Oyo State, 1981-1985.
Tertiary
N/A

1. Member of the Institute of Information Scientists (M.I.Inf.Sc.)
2. Fellow of the Nigerian Library association (FNLA)
3. Member American Library Association

PUBLICATIONS:

– AINA, L. O.: Factors Affecting Development of Librarianship in Nigeria.International Library Review. (UK) Vol. 11, No 1, 57-67, 1979;
– ALABI, G .A and AINA, L. O. : Government Documents Usage in an Academic Library. Government Publications Review. (USA) Vol.7A, 333- 336, 1980;
– AINA, L. O.: The Use of SPSS for Bibliometric Study in Nigeria. Program (UK) Vol.16, No.1, 35 -38, 1982;
– AINA, L. O., Access to Scientific and Technological Information in Nigeria. Nigerian Libraries. Vol. 19, Nos.1- 3, 35 – 42, 1983;
– AINA, L. O.: Characteristics of the Literature of Scientific Research in Nigeria. 1900 – 1975. Nigerian Library and Information Science Review Vol. 1, No. 2, 127 – 135, 1983;
– AINA, L. O. : Dewey Decimal Classification. Edition 19 and Administrative Changes in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Library and Information Studies. Vol. 1, No.2, 81 -89, 1983;
– AINA, L. O. : Citation Characteristics of Literature Used by Agriculturists in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Library and Information Studies Vol. 1, No.1, 93 – 100, 1983;
– AINA, L. O. : The Use of Librarians and Other Information Related Professionals in the Dissemination of Agricultural Information to Farmers in Nigeria. Nigerian Library and Information Science Review. Vol.3, No.2, 49 -53, 1985;
– AINA, L. O.: Agricultural Information Provision in Nigeria. Information Development (UK) Vol 2, No.4, 242 -244, 1986;
– AINA, L .O. : Availability of Periodical Titles Cited in the Literature of Nigeria’s Scientific Research in Nigerian Libraries. Nigerian Libraries Vol. 21, No.1, 23 -28, 1985;
– AINA, L .O.: Information Needs and Information Seeking Involvement of Farmers in Six Rural Communities in Nigeria. International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists. Quarterly Bulletin. (USA) Vol. 30, No. 2, 35 -40, 1985;
– AINA, L .O.: Sources of Information Used by Agricultural Extension Workers in Ibadan, Area, Nigeria. Library Waves, (Nigeria) Vol.1, No.1, 69 -78, 1986;
– AINA, L. O.: Newspaper as a Tool in Educational Research in Nigeria. INSPEL (Germany) Vol.21, No.3, 163-167, 1987;
– AINA, L .O.: Grey Literature and Agricultural Research in Nigeria. International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists. Quarterly Bulletin, (USA) Vol.32, No. 1, 47-50, 1987;
– AINA, L. O.: Documentation and Information for Industrial Development.Nigerian Library and Information Science Review, Vol. 5, Nos. 1 & 2, 54 -67, 1987;
– AINA, L. O.: Researchers Attitude to Newspaper Index in Nigeria. International Library Movement, (India) Vol. 11, No 1, 35-38, 1988;
– AINA, L. O. : The Use of Government Documents by Researchers in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Extension in Nigeria. A. Research Note. Government Publications Review, (USA) Vol. 15, 61-64, 1988;
– AINA, L. O.: Information Needs of Agricultural Extension Workers in Nigeria. Annals of Library Science and Education, (India) Vol 36 (1-2) 28-35, 1989;
– AINA, L. O.: The Use of Patent Literature by Nigerian Scientists. INSPEL (Germany ) Vol.23, No.3, 164-169, 1989;
– AINA, L. O.: Education and Training of Librarians for the Provision of Agricultural Information Work in Africa. International Association of AgriculturalLibrarians and Documentalists. Quarterly Bulletin, (USA) Vol. 34, No. 1, 23-26, 1989;
– AINA, L. O.: Continuing Education Programmes and the Role of Library Schools in English Speaking Africa. Education and Training (UK) Vol. 6, No.2, 43-52, 1989;
– AINA, L. O.: Bibliographic Control of the Literature of Science and Technology in Nigeria International Library Review, (UK) Vol. 21, No.2, 223-229, 1989;
– AINA, L. O.: Informing African Farmers: Some Obstacles to Information Flow. Information Development (UK) Vol. 6, No. 4, 201-203, 1990;
– AINA, L. O.: Information for Successful Agriculture. Third World Libraries, (USA) Vol.2, No.1, 49 – 53, 1991;
– AINA, L. O.: The Curriculum and Characteristics of Information Personnel Trainees at the Middle Level in Africa. International Library Review,(UK) Vol.23, No.4, 357-364, 1991;
– AINA, L. O.: Directions of the Information Professions in Africa as Reflected in the Literature. International Library Review, (UK) Vol.23, No.4, 365-380, 1991;
– AINA, L. O.: Access to Development Literature in Botswana. Information Development, (UK) Vol.8, No.2, 104-108, 1992;
– AINA, L. O.: Education and Training for Information Technology in Africa. INSPEL (Germany), Vol.27, No.4, 242 –250, 1993;
– AINA, L. O.: The Challenges of the Emerging Market and the Education and Training of Information Professionals in Africa. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, (UK) Vol. 25, No. 4, 197 -201, 1993;
– AINA, L. O. et. al. Symposium : Libraries and Government Decision Making. Third World Libraries, (USA) Vol 4, No. 1, 11- 16, 1993;
– AINA, L. O.: The Periodical Literature of Librarianship in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis of Author Characteristics of Local and Foreign based Journals. Leading Libraries and Information Centres, (Nigeria) Vol.1, No.2, 1-7, 1993;
– AINA, L. O. and MOAHI, Kgomotso : Agricultural Information Services and the Potential of Electronic Networks in Africa. FID News Bulletin, (Netherlands) Vol.44, No. 11, 268 -271, 1994;
– AINA, L. O.: The Challenges of Training New Information Worker for Africa. Librarian Career Development, (UK) Vol.2, No.2, 13 – 17, 1994;
– AINA, L. O.: The Characteristics of Anglophone Library and Information Science Educators in Africa. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, (USA) Vol.35, No. 2, 98 -108, 1994;
– AINA, L. O. and MABAWONKU, I. M.: Managing Scholarly Journal in Africa: A Success Story. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science,Nigeria) Vol.6 (2) 63-83, 1996;
– AINA, L. O.: Continuing Education Programmes Among Library and Information Science Educators in Anglophone Africa. International Information and Library Review, (UK) Vol.28 (1) 23-29, 1996;
– AINA, L. O. and MABAWONKU, I. M.: The Literature of the Information Profession in Anglophone Africa: Characteristics, Trends and Future Directions. Journal of Information Science, (UK) Vol. 25 (2) 321-326, 1997;
– MOOKO, N .P. and L. O. AINA: The Use of Government Publications: The Case of Social Scientists at the University of Botswana. Journal of Government Information, (USA) Vol.25 (4) 359-364, 1998;
– AINA, L. O. and. MABAWONKU, I. M.: Manuscripts Submitted for Publication in the Information Profession in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Characteristics of Rejected and Accepted Papers. Journal of Documentation, (UK) Vol. 54 (2) 250- 255, 1998;
– AINA, L.O. and MOOKO N. P.:Research and Publication Patterns in Library and Information Science Research in Africa. Information Development (UK) Vol. 15 (2) 114-119, 1999;
– AINA, L.O.: The Problems of Tertiary Publishing in Africa and Implications for the Training and Education of Library and Information Professionals. Library Review, (UK) Vol.20 (8) 399-402. 16,1999;
– AINA, L.O. and MOAHI, K.: Librarians and the Emerging Information Market in Botswana. Library Management, (UK) Vol.20 (8) 420-424, 1999;
– AINA, L.O. and MOAHI, K.: Employers’ Perceptions of the Graduate and a Curriculum of a Library School in Botswana, Libri, (Denmark) Vol.49 (3) 175-179, 1999;
– AINA, L.O. and MOAHI, K.: Tracer Study of the Botswana Library School Graduates. Education for Information, (Netherlands) Vol.17 (3) 215-244, 1999;
– DULLE, F.W. and AINA, L.O.: Meeting the Information Needs of Small Scale Dairy Farmers. International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists. Quarterly Bulletin, ( USA) Vol. 44 (3/4) 173-176, 1999;
– AINA, L.O.: Grey Literature and Library and Information Studies: A Global Perspective. International Journal of Grey Literature, (USA) Vol. 1(4) 179- 182, 2000;
– CHIKONZO, A.C and AINA, L.O.: Information Needs and Sources of Information used by Veterinary Students at the University of Zimbabwe. International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists. Quarterly Bulletin, (USA) Vol. 46, Nos. (1 &2) 24- 28, 2001;
– CHIKONZO, A.C and AINA, L.O.: The Information Environment of Veterinary Researchers at the University of Zimbabwe. International Information and Library Review. (UK) Vol. 33 (1) 97-111, 2001;
– AINA, L.O. and SEREMA, B.C.: British Influence on the Education of Librarians in Anglophone Africa. African Research and Documentation: Journal of the Standing Conference of Library Materials in Africa (UK) No. 86: 39-44, 2001;
– AINA, L.O.: African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science as a Resource Base for Library and Information Science Research in Africa. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, (Nigeria) Vol. 12 (2) 167-176, 2002;
– AINA, L. O.: Authors, Journals and Scholarly Communication in Library and Information Science: The Missing Links in Nigeria. .African Research and Documentation: Journal of the Standing Conference of Library Materials in Africa (UK).91: 59-67, 2003;
– AINA, L. O.: Towards an Ideal Library and Information Studies (LIS) Curriculum for Africa: Some Preliminary Thoughts. Education for Information, (Netherlands) Vol.23(3)165-185, 2005;
– Mabawonku, Iyabo and Aina L. O. (2005) Characteristics of Library and Information Science Journals Published in West Africa. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, Vol. 71 (3) 275-281, 2005;
– Mooko, N. P. and Aina, L.O.: Information Environment of Artisans in Botswana. Libri (Denmark) Vol. 57 (1) 27-34, 2007;
– Aina, L.O.: Library and Information Services Support for Distance Education Programme in African Universities: Proposals for Future Developments, Nigeria Libraries, 2008;
– Oladokun, O.S. and Aina, L.O.: Library and Information Needs and Barriers to the Use of Information Sources by Continuing Education Students at the University of Botswana. Information Development, (UK) 25 (1) 43- 50, 2009;

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