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Facilitating conditions and institutional repository sustainability by librarians in public university libraries in Nigeria

Ugwunwa Esse (University Library, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria and Department of Information Resource Management, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria)
Yacob- Haliso (Department of Information Resources Management, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 15 December 2023

Issue publication date: 13 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the facilitating conditions (FCs) and how these FC affect institutional repository (IR) sustainability practices in public universities in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey research design was adopted in this study. The study population comprised 542 librarians from public universities that have IRs across Nigeria. A sample size of 230 librarians was determined using Taro Yamane’s formula. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select the respondents in three stages, which were purposive, stratified and purposive sampling. A structured, validated questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential (simple and multiple regression) statistics at a 5% level of significance.

Findings

The result revealed that the availability of FCs (ßeta = 0.459, t(211) = 7.719, p = 0.000) has a positive and significant influence on IR sustainability in public university libraries in Nigeria. The F-test (1, 223) value of 59.582 shows that there is sufficient evidence to substantiate the model’s usefulness in explaining IR sustainability. The R2 (0.211) indicates that 21.1% of the variation in IR sustainability is explained by the availability of FCs in public university libraries in Nigeria. The finding suggests that the availability of FCs is a vital predictor of IR sustainability in public university libraries in Nigeria. The result also depicts that out of the eight parameters that measure the availability of FCs, it was current awareness of IR that had a positive and significant influence on IR sustainability.

Originality/value

This study concluded that ICT skills and FCs are contributory factors to IR sustainability practices by librarians in public university libraries in Nigeria. It was recommended that university administrators formulate policies that promote the sustainability of IR and provide adequate funds to support IR sustainability. Furthermore, the library management in public university libraries in Nigeria should drive content recruitment and create awareness of the IRs among students and faculty to ensure continued use.

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Citation

Esse, U. and Haliso, Y.-. (2024), "Facilitating conditions and institutional repository sustainability by librarians in public university libraries in Nigeria", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 4-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-05-2023-0035

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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