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The use of library software in Nigerian University Libraries and challenges

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 29 April 2014




The study aimed to look at the library software in use in Nigerian university libraries, and the challenges and frustrations experienced in their automation projects.


The study adopts a descriptive survey method and covers university libraries in Nigeria. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 32 university libraries in Nigeria.


The study revealed that university libraries in Nigeria widely use library software such as KOHA, SLAM and VIRTUA for their library operations. Challenges such as lack of skilled manpower, lack of fund, absence of modern systems (computers) and erratic power supply were identified as the major problems university libraries in Nigeria encountered while using library software. Librarians recommended the use of KOHA, SLAM or VIRTUA library software for use by university libraries that are in search for library software to use.


The findings of this study will provide useful information to librarians and library administrators in Nigeria and other developing countries who want to automate their library operations.



Hudron Kari, K. and Emmanuel Baro, E. (2014), "The use of library software in Nigerian University Libraries and challenges", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 15-20.



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