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Publication date: 27 March 2023

Bolaji David Oladokun, Abayomi Kehinde Owolabi, Modupe Aduke Aboyade, Humphrey Igwechi Wiche and Wahab Akanmu Aboyade

Libraries may become obsolete in the 21st century unless they begin to harness new technology and improve information and service delivery. This paper aims to examine the…

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Abstract

Purpose

Libraries may become obsolete in the 21st century unless they begin to harness new technology and improve information and service delivery. This paper aims to examine the emergence of robotic technologies with its implications to academic libraries in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

The research, which was conducted on a desk, examined how the adoption of robotic technologies may affect library services and operations.

Findings

It is believed that robot adoption in libraries can enhance library services and give users with reliable information that can foster growth and development in the information age.

Originality/value

This paper is the original idea from the authors and does not reflect on any copyrighted materials. The paper recommended that academic libraries should collaborate with their parent institutions or organisations to create a strategy plan for cutting-edge technology, such as robots; federal and state governments should strengthen their alliances with robot vendors to take advantage of direct support; and open communication between library management boards and librarians should be encouraged, particularly when it comes to the acceptance and use of robots in libraries.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 40 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 14 March 2022

Kehinde Abayomi Owolabi, Nancy C. Okorie, Oladimeji Eyitayo Yemi-Peters, Solomon Olusegun Oyetola, Taofeek Olatunde Bello and Bolaji David Oladokun

The purpose of the article is to investigate readiness of academic librarians toward the use of robotic technologies in Nigerian university libraries. The article provides further…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the article is to investigate readiness of academic librarians toward the use of robotic technologies in Nigerian university libraries. The article provides further insights on the following areas: •What are the levels of readiness of university libraries in Nigeria towards robotic technologies in terms of digital infrastructure, policy framework and human development for the adoption and use of robotics in the libraries? •What services are available in the university libraries that can be handled by robotic technologies? •Are academic librarians aware of the potential benefits of robotics in library operations? •What are the potential challenges that university libraries may face in the adoption and use of robotic technologies?

Design/methodology/approach

The study is a survey research anchored on positivism paradigm. The questionnaire was used as data collection instrument. Furthermore, 100 academic librarians were selected from the ten purposively selected ten universities. Snowballing sample technique was used to select ten academic librarians from each of the university libraries.

Findings

The findings of the study revealed that the readiness of university libraries in Nigeria towards the adoption and use of robotic technologies in Nigeria is nothing to write home about. It indicates that university libraries in the country are not ready to adopt the use of this technology despite the high benefits they have to offer in library operations.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of the study lay on the fact that very few librarians from each of the selected university libraries were selected; and at the same time, it covers only ten university libraries in the country.

Originality/value

The study is very important to university library management on the necessary steps that need to be taken for the effective adoption of robotic technologies. This research can be a guide to them. In addition, the empirical analysis of the study contributes to social informatics development in Nigeria.

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Library Management, vol. 43 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Article
Publication date: 22 February 2021

Abiodun Daniel Atanda, Kehinde Abayomi Owolabi and Chukwuemeka Peter Ugbala

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…

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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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Digital Library Perspectives, vol. 37 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2059-5816

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