This study aims to validate a proposed conceptual model for the implementation of sustainable institutional repositories (IRs) in Nigeria.
A quantitative approach shaped the survey research design. This study used structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis to evaluate the proposed model. The population of the study comprises 117 librarians, information technology staff and researchers knowledgeable about IR implementation status across 14 public universities in Nigeria. The data was collected using an online survey. The Smart-PLS v3.3 software was used to facilitate the analysis.
The findings indicate that the nine identified factors of the IR sustainability model have a significant influence on the implementation of sustainable IRs. This signified that the model has adequately depicted the relationship between the implementation of sustainable IRs and the identified factors.
This study provides an integrated synthesis of factors that influence the implementation of sustainable IRs. This study also presents the first-ever empirically validated model for sustainable IRs. The findings of this study addressed the challenge of implementing sustainable IRs and institutionalized the idea of IRs’ sustainability assessment.
Adam, U.A. and Kaur, K. (2023), "Empirical validation of IR sustainability model: leveraging on a PLS-SEM approach", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 74-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-02-2022-0014
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