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Use of electronic resources by law academics: a case study from the University of Namibia

Anna Leonard (Library Department, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
Nampa Meameno Hamutumwa (Library Department, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
Chiku Mnubi-Mchombu (Department of Human Rights and Documentation Centre, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 28 January 2020

Issue publication date: 4 June 2020



The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of e-resources by the Faculty of Law’s academic staff at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM’s) main campus. The study aimed to determine their level of awareness of electronic resources (e-resources) available to them, how useful and effective they found these e-resources, and the challenges they face in accessing them.


A convenient sampling technique was used to select a sample of 12 law academics from the population of 17. The study used both qualitative and quantitative research methods using questionnaires and a semi-structured interview guide.


Findings revealed that the majority of the law academics were aware of the e-resources subscribed by UNAM’s library, although some were not aware of the newly subscribed international law databases. The findings further revealed that the academics used e-resources for research, publications and teaching purposes, but irregular training, bandwidth problems and limited searching skills hindered their use of e-resources.

Practical implications

Findings could be used to inform future collection-development decisions, realignment of information-literacy training and promotion and marketing of library services.


This study has made a significant contribution in the understanding the use of electronic legal resources by law academics at UNAM. The findings and recommendations could also benefit similar academic institutions in developing countries like Namibia.



This study was conducted without external funding or financial assistance. Therefore, there is no conflict of interest.


Leonard, A., Hamutumwa, N.M. and Mnubi-Mchombu, C. (2020), "Use of electronic resources by law academics: a case study from the University of Namibia", Collection and Curation, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 57-68.



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