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Cyber security in university libraries and implication for library and information science education in Nigeria

Magnus Osahon Igbinovia (University Library, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria)
Bolanle Clifford Ishola (Department of Library and Information Science, Federal Polytechnic Ede, Ede, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 9 May 2023

Issue publication date: 26 July 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Technological expansion and adoption in university libraries have precipitated cybercrimes and the need to equip library personnel with the required knowledge to combat this menace. Consequently, this study aims to examine cyber security in university libraries and its implication for Library and Information Science education.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted descriptive research design, while questionnaire and interview were used to elicit data from library personnel and heads of library schools, respectively. A total of 134 responses were elicited through structured questionnaire (administered online due to the closure of universities) while six heads of library schools were interviewed, one from each of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

Findings

The data from the questionnaire which were descriptively analysed revealed that the perceived knowledge of cyber security among the librarians was moderately low. Also, the university libraries were exposed to various cyber threats, with cyber security/guideline been one of the critical measures to combat cybercrime. Also, the result showed that librarians displayed high level of adherence to cyber ethics. However, the disposition of library management towards cyber security issues was revealed to be the main challenge to the deployment of cyber security in university libraries, follow by poor password management. Majority of the librarians possess basic knowledge of cyber security, though with serious interest to learn more about it. They were not taught cyber security in library school and they indicated enthusiasm to learn about it. The result of the interview with heads of library schools showed majority of these schools do not offer cyber security course due to dearth in skilled manpower.

Originality/value

The study presents cybercrime as a menace, if not tackled, would affect the university libraries’ sustainability as information institution, compromising their ability to deliver quality services.

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Citation

Igbinovia, M.O. and Ishola, B.C. (2023), "Cyber security in university libraries and implication for library and information science education in Nigeria", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 248-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-11-2022-0089

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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