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Professional competence and attitudes of library personnel towards digital services in selected university libraries in Nigeria

Abiodun Daniel Atanda (Department of Communication and General Studies, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Kehinde Abayomi Owolabi (Nimbe Adedipe Library, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Chukwuemeka Peter Ugbala (Department of Communication and General Studies, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 22 February 2021

Issue publication date: 11 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the professional competence and attitude of library personnel towards digital services in selected university libraries in Nigeria. Despite the evolution of digital technologies in university libraries, as well as massive investment and research on digital libraries particularly in developed countries, it has been observed that many university libraries in Nigeria are still relatively reliant on traditional library services which no longer serve and satisfy the twenty-first-century users’ needs.

Design/methodology/approach

The population of the study comprised all the 196 library personnel from the 5 purposively selected university libraries in Nigeria. The total enumeration sampling method was adopted; while the questionnaire was the main instrument for data collection.

Findings

The findings of the study revealed that internet service was the most available digital service in libraries. It further revealed that most of the library personnel have requisite proficiency skills in basic computer operations. However, inadequate power supply was the major problem affecting digital services in the university libraries.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited to a specific geographical area and selected university libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria. Accordingly, further studies need to be carried out on the same or similar subject matter, in other states or regions in Nigeria.

Practical implications

The need for library personnel to acquire relevant information and communication technology skills and develop a positive attitude that will enable them to render effective digital library services in the university libraries. Apart from this, university libraries should also strive to train users on how to access digital services in the libraries.

Originality/value

This study is novel, in the sense that it is the first of its kind to examine the professional competence and attitude of library personnel towards digital services in university libraries in Nigeria. The paper reported the necessary skills that library staffs need to demonstrate to effectively use various digital resources in the libraries to meet the information needs of their users.

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Citation

Atanda, A.D., Owolabi, K.A. and Ugbala, C.P. (2021), "Professional competence and attitudes of library personnel towards digital services in selected university libraries in Nigeria", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 209-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-08-2020-0076

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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