This study aims to investigate the extent of adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in university libraries in Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/10.1108/02640470510635782Download as .RIS
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