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International Journal of Library Science
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ISSN (Print) 2168-488X - ISSN (Online) 2168-4901
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  • Physical Environment Quality and Utilization of Information Resources in
           Akwa Ibom State University Library

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 2Akwang Nse Emmanuel, Okon Itohowo HenryThis paper examines the influence of library physical environment on utilization of information resources in Akwa Ibom State University. It presents conceptual framework on the variables under studied. The sample size for the study was 390 respondents (comprising 280 final year students and 110 academic and non-academic staff) derived from 1948 population from the six (6) academic faculties in Akwa Ibom State University. The instrument used for data collection was a three-part researcher-developed questionnaire and the data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The descriptive statistics used were bar chart, frequency and simple percentage to answer the three (3) research questions developed in the study while the inferential statistics used was t-Test analysis to test the one (1) hypothesis. The research reveals that majority of respondents do not choose library as the preferred location for study and research due to certain factors like poor library design, limited space, poor organization of library resources, no aesthetics, no cafeteria, too noisy, etc. The result of the analysis shows that library physical environment has no significant influence on utilization of information resources in AKSU library. Further, the findings of this study have both theoretical as well as practical implications for library management, policy makers in the university. Recommendations based on the findings were also highlighted.
  • Developing the Reading Habits of Secondary School Students in Nigeria: The
           Way Forward

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 1Akande S. O., Oyedapo R. O.In recent times, lack of cultivating the habit of reading has been the concern of all stakeholders. The lack of enthusiasm of secondary school students for reading has contributed to many failures such as poor writing and limited understanding about what they are taught in class. This growing concern provides motivation for this study. Thus, this study seeks to discover and elucidate the various ways whereby secondary school students in Nigeria could develop the habits of reading amidst divergent distractions around them especially in the 21st century society as well as the roles of stakeholders towards enhancing the reading habits of students at the secondary school. The study concluded that the reading habits of secondary school students should be given rapt attention because of the imminent danger of losing reading habits in the era of information and communication technologies, where the use of social media sites is the order of the day. The study recommends that there must be a fixed time for reading a variety of reading materials that will appeal to students and that adopting different methods to arouse the interest of students could enhance their reading habits.
  • User Satisfaction Survey of Public Library: A Study of Liaquat Memorial
           Library, Karachi, Pakistan

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 1Rabia Aslam, Naveed E. SeherUsers are the significant component of any library. The identification and fulfillment of their needs and to meet their satisfaction are the objectives any library. Since the role of public libraries in rendering such goals is difficult to deny. This paper mainly focuses on the services provided by Liaquat Memorial library and satisfaction level of these services from user’s perspective. The study focuses to help the librarians, information managers and the management in identifying the potential users of library as well as their information needs. It also help in making it clear how to perform relevant duties and serving the best possible way to satisfy their ultimate users attaining their satisfaction level and by diminishing the unsatisfactory elements of library. The study thus designed a Descriptive Survey and applied random Sampling Technique over 300 users of library. The questionnaire was used as a tool to collect data, where 250 questionnaires were received from respondents. Descriptive statistical methods were used to analyze the data where tables with Frequencies and Percentages are represented along with. It was discovered by the study that the library is playing vital role at some extend but many areas need to be revised to meet the expectation and intellectual needs of society.
  • Awareness and Perception of Ethical Issues in Library Service Delivery by
           Librarians in the Polytechnic of Ibadan, Nigeria: A Phenomenographic Study

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 1Kathleen C. Phillips, Olawale Oyewole, Olaide AkinboService delivery which is at the core of the establishment of libraries all over the world should be guided by ethical principles so that patrons’ information needs can be effectively addressed without bias, fear and corruption. Thus, in as much as librarians have the professional responsibilities of providing effective and efficient library services, they must be guided by the ethics of the profession. This study therefore examined the awareness and perception of ethical issues in library service delivery by librarians in The Polytechnic of Ibadan, Nigeria. The study was phenomenographic in nature and 5 professional librarians were interviewed. The qualitative data from the interview were analysed in line with conventional qualitative data analysis procedures. Results showed that there was a high level of awareness of the ethical issues by the librarians. Their responses also revealed a favourable response indicating that ethical issues should be taken seriously. The prominent inhibiting factor that could affect the librarians from upholding code of ethics was conflict of interest. It was recommended that the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria with the collaboration of the Nigerian Library Association should conduct periodic capacity building training for librarians on how to handle ethical dilemmas.
  • Delegation of Responsibilities: A Leadership Tool for Subordinates’
           Competence Development in Selected Academic Libraries in Nigeria

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 4Bamidele Olawale, Awoyemi Olubunmi O.Delegation of responsibilities constitutes a very important ingredient of good leadership in academic libraries and is critical to competence development of junior and upcoming librarians; however, experience has shown that many leaders are unwilling to delegate responsibilities for a number of reasons. This research work is designed to investigate delegation of responsibilities as a tool for competence development of subordinates in selected academic libraries. The study adopted a survey research method and utilise questionnaire to generate data. Out of the forty (40) copies of questionnaire distributed, only thirty three (33) copies (82.5%) were returned with valid responses. The use of frequency count and percentages method of data analysis was adopted for the research work. Findings revealed that delegation of responsibilities is a vital tool for developing, equipping and motivating subordinates with positive effects on subordinates’ job performance. The study also showed that lack of confidence in subordinates, low level of skills and bureaucracy were some of the challenges to delegation of responsibilities in the surveyed libraries. However, it was recommended that academic libraries should promote a culture and climate where leaders are ready and willing to build the capacity, confidence and competence of junior librarians and library officers which will ultimately translate to higher productivity of the library as a whole.
  • Approaches to Innovation and Transformation in Library and Information
           Science Education (Lise) in Nigeria

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 3Akwang Nse EmmanuelThis paper discusses the concepts of innovation and transformation in relation to Library and Information Science Education (LISE). It also presents an overview of the history and current status of LISE in Nigeria. Different approaches to be adopted by LIS schools to ensure innovations and transformation in the training of information professionals are discussed. The paper reveals some challenges associated with LISE in Nigeria. These include lack of autonomy, lack of collaboration among LIS schools and other relevant departments. Others are inadequate and incompetent LIS teachers, and differences in LIS programme structure. It is advocated that the philosophy, goals and objectives of the programme; curriculum adopted and adapted; teaching methodology, state of infrastructural facilities are the cardinal points driving innovation and transformation in the profession. In conclusion, the paper notes that LIS schools in Nigeria and everywhere need to adopt relevant innovation and transformation approaches to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and competences needed to function effectively in any information environment. This paper recommends among others, the standardization of LIS curriculum, provision of technology-driven facilities, training and re-training of LIS teachers.
  • Oncology Research Outcome by King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health
           Sciences, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; A Bibliometric Appraisal

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 3Ikram Ul Haq, Khalid S. Al Fouzan, Zameer BaladiBibliometric studies have been carried out to assess the research productivity in the different field of knowledge. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plays a leading role in the field of medical research in all Arab States. There are 64 universities and degree awarding institutions in KSA, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) established in 2005. The aim of this study to assess the oncology research outcome having an authorship affiliated with KSAU-HS, its teaching hospitals, and King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre (KAIMRC) published during the inception of the university to Dec 2015. Data retrieved from Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) web of science, InCiteTM Database of Thomson Reuters, which produced the list of 775 research documents published in 346 different journals, out of these 45 articles are written on the subject of oncology in 19 different journals. Majority of articles (91.11%) are written in collaborative efforts. In 33 (73.33%) publications, the principal author belongs to KSAU-HS, its associated hospital and research center. Almost half of the research papers (55.55%) are written in collaboration with researchers at other universities/hospitals and organizations. This study is only based on the bibliography produced by ISI’s Web of Science database. The articles produced by KSAU-HS may be more than this number. The data was analyzed by using MS-Excel 2010.
  • e-Library Use and Information Behaviour of Undergraduate Law Students in
           Delta State University, Oleh

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 3Emo Okpidi UrhiboThe information behaviour of undergraduate law students was studied using a descriptive survey design with the aid of a self-structured, validated and reliable questionnaire as a tool for data collection. The population of the study consist of all undergraduates law students in the Delta State University Faculty of Law Oleh Campus, Nigeria where a sample of 315 students were randomly selected from all levels of study. A reliability coefficient of 0.78 using the Cronbach Alpha (α) was obtained. Results from the study revealed that the main purpose of the use of e-library Internet includes research, retrieval of legal information and to gain access to online law database. The range of the extent of use was from moderate to large and this was done most of the time. Google, Internet archive and database, and Yahoo were the most preferred information search strategies. The most influential factors to the use of the e-library Internet were the personal ownership of e-gadgets and non-availability of online learning/discussion for legal art. Lack of information literacy, ICT facility operational skills and impatience due to slow network connectivity were the most important constraints encountered by e-library users. The tested hypotheses showed that there was a positive relationship amongst frequency, extent and factors influencing use of Internet and a negative relationship for constraints with aforementioned factors which may have contributed to a reduction in use extent. Four percent influence of the constraints on the use of the e-library Internet resource was recorded. Recommendations were put forward also following findings.
  • Awareness and Use of Online Information Sources among University of Ibadan

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 2Otulugbu DumebiThe internet has helped in the amassing of a large amount of information for consumption in varied fields of endeavor. This has brought about increasing ease in the search for and use of information in academic, social, political and other spheres of life. However, despite the increasing simplicity in the accessing of information, there are indications that some students do not fully utilize information sources. Thus, this study investigates the awareness and use of online information sources among university of Ibadan undergraduate students. Copies of questionnaires were administered on 300 students on purposive sampling basis. Findings show that 97.9% of the students were generally aware of online information sources but very few of the students were aware of the individual online sources that are made available in the university. In addition, very few of the students were satisfied with the available online information sources. This study suggests that university libraries should effectively create awareness about the various online resources that available for students’ usage. The findings of this study will be useful to academic institutions in the same terrain like the University of Ibadan. Also, librarians and academic scholars will find this study useful in the effective creation of awareness of online information sources among university students.
  • Computer Efficacy as Determinant of Undergraduates’ Information
           Communication Technology Competence in State-Owned Universities in the
           South-West, Nigeria

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2017Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 6, Number 2Francis Adesoji Fabunmi, Olubunmi Olawumi AwoyemiThe study examined computer efficacy as determinant of information communication Technology Competence in the South-West, Nigeria. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. Five State-owned Universities (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, Lagos State University, Lagos State, Nigeria, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria and Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria) were purposively selected. Three departments; English, Geography and Biochemistry, were randomly selected from the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences respectively. The stratified sampling technique was used to select 1798 respondents among 200 level to 400 level students from the selected departments. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection; out of one thousand, seven hundred and ninety eight (1798) copies of questionnaire distributed to the students in the three selected departments, one thousand, five hundred and twenty nine (85%) were returned with valid responses.The data collected were subjected to Cronbach Coefficient Alpha to determine its reliability (∝ = 0.94). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Pearson product moment correlation at 0.05 level of significance. The results indicated that majority of the undergraduates (=52.33) had the highest level of computer efficacy; Biochemistry Undergraduates had the highest ICT Competence (=32.28) than Geography and English Undergraduates. Computer Efficacy (r = 0.63) had significant relationship with ICT competence. The study recommended the need to promote computer efficacy and ICT competence among undergraduates.
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