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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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  • The Skills and Knowledge Gap that Inhibit Effective Use of the Amlib
           Library Management Software at Egerton University Library, Njoro – Kenya

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 2Philip K. Muchiri, Lucy Wathika, Jason GithekoMembers of staffs are the main assets of an organization who propel its growth. Success in the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in an organization is dependent on staff capacity to effectively use the new technology. Organizations sometimes procure IT equipments, with little regard to staff capability to use them. Library staff are disadvantaged due to insufficient training that makes them unfamiliar with the new interfaces, and hence prone to make errors while using the software. This research revealed that lack of skills and knowledge on the use of the Amlib software contributes to human errors. Recommendations are provided that mitigates on the systems’ user skills and knowledge deficiency.
  • Information Technology as an Accelerator of Innovative Transformation of
           the Nigerian Economy

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 2Oluwabunmi OgunleyeThis paper is on Information technology as an accelerator of innovative transformation of the Nigerian economy. The study adopted a quantitative research design using secondary data gotten from Central Bank of Nigeria, Knoema and Statista from 2000-2014 and made use of SPSS software to perform data analysis while graphs were drawn using Microsoft Excel and Eviews 9.0. The findings of the study shows that IT import, inflation, exchange rate and Per Capita Income significantly jointly influenced the economy of Nigeria [(R2 = .866; F (4,12) = 12.931; p < .001)] which implies that IT import, inflation, exchange rate and Per Capita Income jointly accounted for about 86.6% of the variance observable in economy of Nigeria. In conclusion, information Technology positively impacts the economy of a nation and as such government of Nigeria at all levels should invest more in Information Technology so as to ensure a sustainable economic growth and development.
  • Influence of Gender Differences on Usage Patterns of Electronic
           Information Sources among Undergraduates of Selected Universities in
           Southwest, Nigeria

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 2Olawale Bamidele, Olubukola AdekanmbiThis research work investigated the influence of gender differences on usage patterns of electronic information sources among undergraduates in Nigeria. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population was made up of randomly selected undergraduate students of Ekiti State University (EKSU) and University of Ibadan (UI). Data were generated through the use of questionnaire designed to elicit responses from respondents and analysed using descriptive statistics method of frequency counts and percentages. However, out of five hundred (500) copies of questionnaire administered, four hundred and twenty one (421) were returned which represents 84.2% response rate for the study. Findings revealed that there is no basis for gender differentiation in the use of electronic information sources as gender gap in electronic resources usage appeared negligible. However, it was recommended that university libraries in Nigeria should continue to give equal opportunities to both sexes in term of training and orientation on the use of e-resources among other recommendations.
  • Sources of Information on Reproductive Health among Teenage Girls in
           Kaptembwo, Nakuru County, Kenya

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 1Janet Chepkoech, Marie Khanyanji Khayesi, James Onyango OgolaThe study aimed at establishing the sources of information on reproductive health among teenage girls in Kaptembwo, Nakuru County, Kenya. Data was collected from a sample of 127 teenage girls aged between 13-19. Purposive sampling technique was used. The results obtained from Kaptembwo showed that, five (5) different sources were identified as the ones that provide the teenagers in Kaptembwo with reproductive health information. Majority of the teenage girls reported that they received their information on reproductive health from their peers. The study concludes that sources have been found to be interacting with access and use of reproductive health information among teenage girls. Some information sources get more used than others depending on reliability in providing potential reproductive health information. The preferred source for information depends on the type of information to be delivered, the overriding principle being the source must be authoritative in that type of information.
  • Environmental-Friendly Customer Relation Approaches to Resolving Low
           Patronage in Academic Libraries: Perspective and Preferences of

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 1Williams T. Saibakumo, Flora Orewa, Lawrence O. NwosePurpose: Customer relation (CR) services in universities libraries are not as productive as expected especially with the advent of technology in Nigeria. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine levels of impact of some newly adoptable and available CR approaches that could possibly facilitate students’ patronage in academic libraries in Nigeria in this technology age from the opinion of students. Methodology: The descriptive survey design was adopted using 320 randomly selected student-users of academic library. A semi self-structured and interview-based constructed questionnaire was used. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used to draw inferences, interpret data and discuss the perspectives of the students. Findings: Time, space, lack of manpower and low levels of satisfactions were observed in the academic libraries to pose a threat to its patronage by students while the use of social media platform, creation of dynamic interactive websites, extension of library open hours, hybridization of the traditional library, e-library and internet, the use of rapid response feedback system and e-mailing services for student inquiry and queries can resolve the low patronage experienced by academic libraries in the technology age. There is the possibility of reaching out to a larger population of student patrons through the provision of a call centre, an interactive dynamic and remote access to library repository. Creating or increasing awareness on services offered in the libraries, marketing products and services can potentially attract more patronage from other users and co-operate bodies by 3%. Research Limitation: The paper sourced information from the immediate environment of the authors which is a single state and its findings and discussion are addressed within the confines of the scope covered, thus cannot be used to generalise in terms of conclusions for other areas uncovered. Social/Practical Implications: Considering the adoption of these new approaches will productively improve academic library performance and patronage where students are the dominant patrons. Originality: The paper x-rays the perspective of student users of academic libraries in Delta State on certain new approaches that have been advocated for by some librarians and tried to ascertain the extent to which this can be of use to them.
  • Influence of Self-Efficacy on E-Resource Utilisation by Undergraduates in
           Three Nigerian Universities

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2019Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 8, Number 1Oyedapo R. O., Shabi I. N., Awominure A. J.The advent of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has greatly revolutionalised the way undergraduates’ access and utilise information resources in academic libraries. Consequently, academic libraries stock their collection with both print and electronic resources. A lot of funds go into the provision of e-library resources in Nigerian universities, e-resources are underutilised by undergraduates. This study set out to investigate the influence of self-efficacy on e-resource utilisation by undergraduates in three Nigerian universities. Questionnaire was the data collection instrument for the study. Three federal universities were selected for the study. Of the 300 copies of questionnaire administered, 261 were duly filled and analysed giving a response rate of 87%. The study revealed that undergraduates in federal universities possessed a high level of self-efficacy. In rank order, the self-efficacy levels of respondents in the selected institutions were, University of Port Harcourt 89(34.1%), University of Ibadan 80(30.7%) and Obafemi Awolowo University 72(27.6%). The study also revealed that undergraduates’ level of e-library resources utilisation was low. The study established a statistically significant relationship between self-efficacy and e-library utilization, a statistically significant difference in e-library utilisation of the undergraduates in the three selected universities. No significant gender difference in e-library resources utilisation of the undergraduates was found. Libraries should embark on aggressive awareness campaign of e-library resources to enhance utilisation.
  • Information Literacy Skills among Library and Information Science
           Postgraduate Students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 2Odede IsraelThis study assessed information literacy skills of library and information science postgraduate students at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The quantitative approach was employed to solicit information from the postgraduate students. Data collected were analysed using statistical tools such as frequency count and simple percentage. A total of 34 postgraduate students admitted for the 2016/2017 academic year participated in the study. The study found that the postgraduate students are information literate as all items got more than half affirmative responses except for their ability to create content in blogs, YouTube, and personal webpages for different audiences. The study therefore, advocate the urgent need to improve postgraduate students’ publishing literacy skills to enable them possess the needed skills to format and publish research and ideas in textual and multimedia formats as well as to be able to create content in blogs, YouTube, and personal webpages for different audiences.
  • Gamification in Sales Effectiveness Activity

    • Abstract: Publication year: 2018Source: International Journal of Library Science, Volume 7, Number 2Ricardo Pateiro MarcãoAlthough the measurement of organizational performance is the focus of top management of different organizations, it does not always fix control of established goals. It is necessary to create mechanisms for capturing the high income of employees, so that, by keeping them motivated, living with their active activity adds value to the organization. However, in the annual results statement, it is only a performance of the trading effectiveness that is mirrored, a pair of business generated by this organizational silo. For this reason, a literature review brings together the descriptions of studies carried out, there are no criteria for the use of the gamification concept for a return on capital invested in different business activities, according to a different author’s perspective.
  • 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.
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