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Assessment of Library Automation by the Staff in Some Selected First Generation University Libraries in Nigeria
A. Adetunji
Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: The role of libraries have change from that of collection development and organization of library materials to an information support personnel and an access point to relevant and timely resources. Application of computer to library services has changed library roles and operations with the last decade in Nigeria. This study, therefore assessed the attitudes of sectional heads and library staff to the use of information technologies in first generation university libraries in south-western Nigeria. The selected universities were Kenneth Dike library (K.D.L ), University of Ibadan; Hezekiah Oluwasanmi library (H.O.L ), Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife and the University library (ULAG) , University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. The library staffs were categorized into three groups; professional, paraprofessional and junior staff, one-stage random sampling was used to sample 50% of the respondents in each category. In all, 80 respondents were chosen and structured questionnaires were used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics was used for analysis. The study revealed the level of automation of each library. None of them is fully automated, though most of the library staff in the three universities had some basic knowledge about information technologies but only few can practically work with the facilities. At ULAG, CD rom was rarely used while computers were made available for use occasionally; e-mail services were used regularly. At HOL, computer were used regularly while CD rom and fax machine were been used occasionally. On-line public access catalogue, computer and fax machine were used regularly at KDL, while CD-rom database and electronic-mail (e-mail) services were occasionally used. It should be noted that most library staff in 3 university libraries rarely used library database searching. Lack of fund for proper maintenance and adequate IT training of library staff were major problems of the use of information technology. In conclusion, information technology usage should be made compulsory for every library staff so that all will be involved at every aspect for more efficiency and a positive change of attitude in the library. There should also be more resource sharing and co-operative lending services among these university libraries.
Revisiting the Catalogue Cards in University Libraries in Nigeria  [PDF]
Obiozor-Ekeze Roseline Nkechi
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.53023
Abstract: The card catalogues are neglected in the university libraries in Nigeria because of the introduction of OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) which is rarely seen in most of university libraries. After conducting a research on the usefulness of card catalogues, the researcher observes that users of the libraries still appreciate the card catalogues in the libraries because they help them to know the collections of the library.
An Investigation on Integrated Library Systems (ILS) in Use in University Libraries in Osun State, Nigeria
John O. Oyekale
Open Access Library Journal (OALib Journal) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1104915
This study investigates Integrated Library Systems (ILS) in use in university libraries in Osun State, Nigeria. It is a descriptive survey. All National Univer-sities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria accredited universities in Osun State were selected for the study. Structured interviews (personal and telephonic) and ob-servations were the main tools used to collect data for the study. Four (4) re-search questions were formulated for the study. Simple frequencies and per-centages were used to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study in-dicated 70 of the surveyed libraries have been automated. 90% of the automated libraries adopted KOHA Integrated Library System while 10% adopted VIRTUAL. 14.28% libraries have been fully automated while 85.71% libraries are at advance stage of automation. The study also revealed reasons for which libraries adopted a particular integrated library system to include: comprehensive functionality; library standards compliant; popularity among libraries in Nigeria; technical feasibility and support; web-based interfaces; freedom to change support company or its vendor; being an open source, and upgradability. It recommends that libraries should cooperate together to share resources and experiences to overcome libraries' financial and skills limitations.
The introduction of library automation in the National and University Library and Slovene public libraries
Stanislav Bahor
Knji?nica : Revija za Podro?je Bibliotekarstva in Informacijske Znanosti , 2005,
Abstract: In a series of articles on library automation, this is the first one describing and analyzing the introduction of library automation in the National and University Library in Ljubljana and in other Slovene public libraries from the outset to 1977. It discusses the process of creating the professional basis, which enabled the subsequent application of new technologies in public library services in Slovenia, and describes the terms and conditions in which the first attempts of implementation of computer systems were carried out. It especially underlines the importance of a very high level of professional awareness of the Slovene librarians. They promoted consistent consideration of the international professional standards and trends in library automation field in spite of the unfavourable economic situation in the country of that time, when the restrictions in the allocation of funds also limited the possibilities for the development of the Slovene librarianship. Therefore, it was very significant to make the best use of all disposable resources - also very moderate potentials of new information technology - even though only a very limited number of the Slovene librarians had the access.
The State of ICT in University Libraries in South Eastern Nigeria
CV Anunobi, O Nwakwuo
Samaru Journal of Information Studies , 2008,
Abstract: The work surveyed eight university libraries in southeastern Nigeria to determine their state of ICT application including the availability of the hardware, software, e-resources and their challenges. A tenitem questionnaire was designed and distributed to the surveyed libraries. Most of the libraries have above average ICT literate professional staff but very low ICT literate non professional. The first computers acquired were used for document processing and till date most of the libraries have not advanced into other uses. Many of the Libraries especially the state funded have no Internet, or LAN workstation but each of the library can boast of standalone computers. Library software, network operating systems and LAN are conspicuously absent in most of the libraries. Though a few of the libraries subscribe to online electronic resources such as EBSCOhost, Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) , Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), Online Access to Research in the Environment and The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL), most of their electronic resources are predominately on CD-ROM. They face series of challenges including poor funding ; unskilled manpower ; ignorance of the location / availability of ICT and its application; ICT avert of library and university management and infrastructural problems. Recommendations were made based on the findings. Samaru Journal of Information Studies Vol. 8 (1) 2008: pp. 35-43
Influence of Spatial Comfort and Environmental Workplace Ergonomics on Job Satisfaction of Librarians in the Federal and State University Libraries in Southern Nigeria
Chinyere N. Ikonne, Haliso Yacob
Open Access Library Journal (OALib Journal) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1100814
Abstract: This study examined the influence of spatial comfort and environmental workplace ergonomics on the job satisfaction of librarians in the federal and state university libraries in Southern Nigeria. The study adopted the survey research design. The total enumeration technique was used to survey the 500 librarians from the 37 federal and state universities libraries in Southern Nigeria. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data collected. The findings revealed that there was a positive relationship between ergonomics (spatial comfort and environmental workplace factors) and job satisfaction. It was recommended that ergonomic measures be introduced and implemented in the design of spatial comfort and environmental workplace factors in the libraries for a greater job satisfaction of the library workforce in Nigerian University libraries.
Customer Retention Strategies for Information Services Delivery in University Libraries in North Western States of Nigeria
L Umar
Samaru Journal of Information Studies , 2011,
Abstract: Customer retention is critical to the long term survival and growth of any library and information centers. This paper discusses customer retention strategies for information service delivery in University Libraries in North Western States of Nigeria. Survey research method was used and questionnaire was the instrument for data collection. Library staff in the relevant divisions and units constitute the population of the study. The study identified among other things that the use of soft and low voice, friendliness to library users and regular outreach were the customer attraction strategies used by University libraries studied while provision of adequate reading facilities, friendliness and courtesy and beautification of environment were some of the customer retention strategies used by the university libraries studied. Also, it was concluded that the low level of use of University libraries and the ever growing apathy among customers on the choice of Internet cafes over libraries would be gone if university libraries institute customer attraction and retention programmes. Therefore, the need for intensified efforts at attracting and retaining customers by university libraries via the provision of quality information resources and services, recruitment of qualified library staff, and regular needs assessment and communication have been recommended.
Influence of Information Literacy Skills on Postgraduate Students’ Use of Electronic Resources in Private University Libraries in South-West, Nigeria  [PDF]
Pauline Oghenekaro Adeniran, Uloma Doris Onuoha
Communications and Network (CN) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/cn.2018.104014
Abstract: The introduction of new technologies has had a significant influence on teaching, learning and research activities in universities. This has offered university libraries opportunities to provide information resources in a variety of formats. This study investigated the influence of information literacy skills on postgraduate students’ use of electronic resources in private university libraries in Nigeria. The study adopted the survey research design. The study population comprised 2805 postgraduate students in five private universities offering postgraduate programmes in South-West, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used in the selection process. A purposive selection of four faculties from each of the five universities was carried out. Proportionate sampling technique was used to select the sample size of 550 postgraduate students as the respondents for the study. Findings revealed that there was a significant positive correlation between information literacy skills and use of electronic resources (r = 0.28, p < 0.05). The study concluded that the utilization of electronic resources promoted access to current information among postgraduate students in the selected private universities in South-West, Nigeria. The study recommended that the management of private university libraries should ensure a continuous provision of electronic resources with adequate information communication technology tools to facilitate their use.
Communication Media for Information Service Delivery in University Libraries in North Western States of Nigeria
L Umar, Z Mohammed
Information Manager (The) , 2009,
Abstract: Communication media are essential apparatus for developing profitable customer relationship in every organization. This paper investigates the communication media used for information service delivery in university libraries in North Western States of Nigeria. The concept of communication, communications media and the need for communication with customers were highlighted. Survey method was used and library staff comprising professionals and paraprofessionals was the subject of the study. The study found that personal contacts, complaint boxes, notice boards and news bulletin were the popular type of media used for communication with customers in Kashim Ibrahim Library, A.B.U., Zaria, Bayero University Library, Kano and Abdullahi Fodiyo University Library, Sokoto. It was also revealed that there is significant difference in the types of media used for communication with the customers in the selected university libraries in North Western States of Nigeria. It was concluded that the low level of utilization of information resources and services in the university libraries could be attributed to their reluctance to communicate their messages via appropriate media to their teaming customers. The introduction of a course unit entitled Communications in Library and Information work is highly advocated.
Impact of Organisational and Psychological Factors on the Job Performance of Personnel in Private University Libraries in South-South Nigeria
Lilofa Osamiefan Ogiamien, Roland Izuagbe
Open Access Library Journal (OALib Journal) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1102419
Abstract: The study examined organisational and psychological factors as correlates of job performance of personnel in private university libraries. Descriptive research design was adopted in the study. The total population of the study comprised of 83 respondents in the 8 private universities in South-South Nigeria. Since the population was small, total enumeration sampling technique was employed. The instrument adopted for the collection of data was the questionnaire. The questionnaire was structured based on 4-point Likert scale of Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. Of the 83 copies of questionnaires administered, 73 (94.0%) were found valid for analysis. The data collected were used to test the eight null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the study showed that organisational factors (organisational culture and organisational commitment) are stronger corrolates of job performance among personnel in private university libraries in South-South Nigeria than psychological factors (work motivation and self-esteem).
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