Dr Okwilagwe O.A


Dr. Andrew Oshiotse Okwilagwe

POSITION: Associate Professor

Department: Library, Archival and Information Studies

 Faculty: Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:   Publishing Studies.

Email: [email protected]

Phone number: +2348023519154



Focus of My Research

The thrust of my research is on the methods and processes of using the Publishing industry and the services of the information professionals in facilitating rapid and sustainable socio-economic development in Nigeria. In this regard, my effort has been to hone new perspectives on the synergy between Publishing (Book publishing, Bibliotherapy and Copyright) and national socio-economic development. Thus, my researches thematically span Publishing and the related discipline of Library and Information Science as follows: Book Publishing: (Items on my C.V: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41). These researches sought to establish the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of publishing as an academic and a professional discipline. The researches highlight the cultural, social, economic and technological imperatives that influence the development of Book Publishing training programmes and professional practices based on local and global perspectives. These researches formed the basis for the development and establishment of the postgraduate degree programme in Publishing and Copyright Studies in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. It is the lead postgraduate programme in Africa. The researches enrich the teaching, learning and practice of publishing as an academic and professional discipline. Bibliotherapy: (Items on my C.V: 5, 27, 34). These researches are on bibliotherapy which is the use of books to bring about value system development and reorientation in a society. In this regard, my research effort attempted to carve a niche in cross-disciplinary application of psychological principles and methodological research constructs for the understanding of book therapy (bibliotherapy). These researches have opened new vistas for postgraduate researches at the master and doctorate degree levels. These are the first series of studies in bibliotherapy in the Nigeria University System. Copyright (Intellectual Property Regulation).Within the discipline of publishing, my research effort has attempted to provide theoretical and empirical evidence that can lead to new ways and methods of developing and administering the copyright law in Nigeria. The items in my C.V that indicate my researches in this area are: 6, 19, 23, 31, 32, 36. These researches provide insight on how the copyright law can be applied for the benefit of the authors, publishers and the general public for socio-economic development of Nigeria. Library, Archival and Information Studies (Items on my C.V: 3, 7, 14, 17, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 35, 36, 42). These items present my research effort in the discipline of Library, Archival and Information Science. The researches indicate the relevance of information as a vital resource of value for individual and organisational decision-making; therefore a core factor in development planning and the implementation of strategies for organisational effectiveness. These studies indicate the context and nexus of library and information services and their impact factor on the development of the society. These researches are significant because they indicate that the influence of library and information services is made possible on the platform of effective communication at individual and organizational levels; drawing attention to information systems development from users' perspectives and orientation. In my modest effort, I have attempted to carve a niche in cross disciplinary application of information as a vital resource in publishing (book publishing, bibliotherapy and copyright); and highlight the basis and the core professional values inherent in the operations of the Library, Archival and Information Science based organisations either as academic or information services rendering organisations with the mandate of developing the human society through information processing, dissemination and utilization.


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