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Professional development in private university libraries in Ghana

Patience Emefa Dzandza (Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana)
Harry Akussah (Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana School of Information and Communication Studies, Legon, Ghana)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 13 August 2018



There has been a significant change in the provision of library services due to the application of technology to every aspect of library services. This has posed a major challenge to library staff as they need to be abreast with current technologies and their application to library services. One means by which a librarian can overcome this challenge is through professional development (PD) programs. The purpose of this paper is to determine PD opportunities in private university libraries in Ghana.


A cross-sectional survey of 61 staff and interviews with 20 heads of libraries was conducted to collect data from 25 private universities in Ghana.


The study revealed that not all library staff in the private universities were allowed to attend PD programs. None of the private universities studied had a policy on PD and only three institutions made budgetary allocation to PD programs. Majority of the private universities did not have in-house PD programs and there were no means of knowledge sharing in most of the libraries studied.


In this paper, the researchers identified the major challenges encountered by library staff in private universities in Ghana and propose that librarians should see PD as a part of their own responsibility while, libraries should have a PD policy and make budgetary allocation toward PD.



Dzandza, P.E. and Akussah, H. (2018), "Professional development in private university libraries in Ghana", Library Management, Vol. 39 No. 6-7, pp. 488-502.



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