Adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in academic libraries

Okon E. Ani (Library Department, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria)
Jacob E. Esin (Library Department, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria)
Nkoyo Edem (Library Department, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the extent of adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in university libraries in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

Postal survey was the instrument used for data collection. Almost 60 per cent of the University Librarians out of the 29 university libraries surveyed completed their questionnaires.

Findings

The results of the survey show that only six university libraries are fully “computerized”, nine are “about to be computerized”; seven of the surveyed libraries have installed local area networks, five have online public access catalogue and only four libraries provide internet service. The major obstacles that influence effective adoption of ICT in university libraries are inadequate funds and the poor state of electricity in Nigeria.

Practical implications

The federal government should increase the present level of funding of Nigerian university to improve the library development fund, which is the major source of funding available to university libraries. The poor state of electricity in Nigeria should also be improved by the federal government for sustainable adoption of ICT by university libraries.

Originality/value

The paper proposes that computer networking of university libraries is feasible and recommends the development of the Nigerian university libraries network and academic libraries network.

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Citation

Ani, O., Esin, J. and Edem, N. (2005), "Adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in academic libraries", The Electronic Library, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 701-708. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470510635782

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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