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Metaverse academic library: would it be patronized?

Adebowale Jeremy Adetayo (Department of Library and Information Science, Adeleke University, Ede, Nigeria)
Sowemimo Ronke Adekunmisi (University Library, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Nigeria)
Blessing Damilola Abata-Ebire (Department of Library and Information Science, Federal Polytechnic Ede, Ede, Nigeria)
Adedokun Adedayo Adekunmisi (Department of Library and Information Science, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 2 March 2023

Issue publication date: 28 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine if students would patronize metaverse academic library (MAL) if it becomes available in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a descriptive survey research design. The population was made up of 1,037 undergraduate in Adeleke University. Descriptive statistic was used to analyse data.

Findings

Findings indicated most students have never used virtual reality (VR) equipment, they are eager to use MAL for virtual academic research, library user education, accessing circulation services, reading serials and contacting reference librarians. The study concluded that MAL would be patronised by students if it is made available and therefore recommends that greater effort be made to make VR gear accessible and cheap for developing nations such as Nigeria.

Originality/value

The study is novel as it contributes to scarce research on MAL.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest: None.

Funding: There was no funding for this research.

Citation

Adetayo, A.J., Adekunmisi, S.R., Abata-Ebire, B.D. and Adekunmisi, A.A. (2023), "Metaverse academic library: would it be patronized?", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 229-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-04-2022-0036

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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