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Internet of Things in contemporary academic libraries: application and challenges

Magnus Osahon Igbinovia (University Library, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria)
Omorodion Okuonghae (University Library, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 24 August 2021

Issue publication date: 22 November 2021




Academic libraries are constantly adopting emerging technologies to deliver innovative services. A recent trend in technological innovation is the Internet of Things (IoT). Consequently, this study theoretically x-rayed the various ways in which IoT could be applied to academic libraries and the expected challenges associated with the adoption of the technology.


This study used the review method to examine the application of IoT in contemporary academic libraries.


This study explained the concept of IoT and went further to x-ray the application of IoTs in academic libraries as it affects critical aspects of the library operations, thereby justifying how IoT influences innovative service delivery. The peculiar challenges faced by academic libraries in developing countries were also discussed.


This study’s value is reflected in the need to examine IoT adoption in academic libraries from the perspective of both developing and developed countries, where for certain reasons, the diffusion of new technology is relatively slow.



Igbinovia, M.O. and Okuonghae, O. (2021), "Internet of Things in contemporary academic libraries: application and challenges", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 1-4.



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