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Publication date: 3 July 2007

Stephen Osahon Uwaifo

The paper seeks to examine age and exposure to computers as determinants of librarians’ attitudes towards library automation in Nigerian universities.

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to examine age and exposure to computers as determinants of librarians’ attitudes towards library automation in Nigerian universities.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses a survey approach to determine the attitudes of academic librarians in Nigeria.

Findings

The investigation shows that an overwhelming majority of the librarians registered a high and positive attitude towards library automation. However, the two variables of interest to this study were found not to influence the librarians’ attitudes towards library automation. Also, several university libraries in Nigeria are yet to be automated due to some identified impediments like: financial constraints, shortage of IT personnel, irregular electric power supply, poor communication facilities, and absence of a national policy on information technology.

Practical implications

Generally librarians, system administrators, university authorities, IT researchers, and the National Universities Commission of Nigeria will find this paper useful. It enlightens them about the librarians’ positive attitudes towards library automation, poor state of automation in the libraries, as well as the lack of relationship between attitude of librarians and the two variables of interest to this study.

Originality/value

The paper offers new insights in the area of IT use by academic librarians in Nigeria. This study differs from others because it established that, even though the librarians registered a positive attitude towards library automation, their age and exposure to computers do not determine such an attitude.

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Library Review, vol. 56 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 February 2006

Stephen Osahon Uwaifo and Anthonia Chukwudumebi Kabadi

The study aims to examine the role of information technology in Local Government Administration in Delta State, using Aniocha North and Aniocha South Local Government…

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Purpose

The study aims to examine the role of information technology in Local Government Administration in Delta State, using Aniocha North and Aniocha South Local Government Areas as the case study.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey approach was used to learn what was actually happening in local government practices.

Findings

IT contributes enormous value to the workings and operations of local government offices and when costs, leadership and management are indicative of such needs, it would be in the best interest of local governments to invest in such a launch.

Research limitations/implications

Economic feasibility and training and development of the human resource function would make enormous differences in the way local governments conduct their work in Delta State, Nigeria.

Practical implications

Local governments like libraries are great potential for IT applications and to build databases of information to be retained and recalled over time.

Originality/value

Applied the imperativeness of information technology practices to see how local practices could be improved for efficiency, quality control and ease of use.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 23 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Stephen Osahon Uwaifo and Gracious Chukwunweike Omede

To improve ICT processes and basic IT education of information professionals.

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Purpose

To improve ICT processes and basic IT education of information professionals.

Design/methodology/approach

The study population comprised 55 respondents from seven higher institutions in the South‐South Geo‐Political Zone of Nigeria.

Findings

Quick and easy access to information is facilitated by information and communication technologies. The essence of the training programme is to enable the participants to make effective use of ICT. There are problems inherent in an intense programme such as this where participants probably had difficulty absorbing information before moving on to the next module or course. An ambitious project this was but intensity may have been overwhelming.

Research limitations/implications

Many things contribute to the success of the programme as well as to the weaknesses. Surveying participants helps to revise the programme for subsequent training and make improvements.

Originality/value

Training is badly needed and this kind of experience confirms and justifies the need. This write‐up builds on the logistics more than the curriculum content and that too contributes to the success and limitations of such a programme.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 15 February 2008

Stephen Osahon Uwaifo

The paper seeks to examine the health risks faced when using computer‐based systems by library staff in Nigerian libraries.

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to examine the health risks faced when using computer‐based systems by library staff in Nigerian libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses a survey research approach to carry out this investigation.

Findings

The investigation reveals that the perceived health risk does not predict perceived ease of use of computer‐based libraries. Even though a wide range of health hazards were identified in the libraries, the level of availability of ergonomic programmes to tackle them was low.

Practical implications

In general, librarians, university authorities, IT policy formulators and systems administrators should find this paper useful, as it educates them about the fact that perceived health risk does not significantly deter people from using information systems. This is due to the enormous benefits arising from the use of IT when compared with the manual systems.

Originality/value

The study offers new insights in the area of IT use by librarians in Nigerian universities. That the study found that prevailing health risks do not significantly deter people from using information systems means that it differs from other studies.

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Program, vol. 42 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 August 2004

Stephen Osahon Uwaifo

The paper takes a look at Management use of Records in Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The importance of records and records management programmes was given…

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The paper takes a look at Management use of Records in Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The importance of records and records management programmes was given. Other issues that were investigated include: the components of records management in operation, maintenance and use of records, storage and security of records for effective use, records disposition schedule, and the strength and qualification of the records management personnel. The paper concludes that the management staff of Delta State University, Abraka, see records as indispensable tools in planning, decision making and implementation. Over the years, the authorities of the University have therefore created, maintained and used numerous records. Certain problems which hamper the effective use of records by management in the University were identified as: lack of clear‐cut records management standard, inadequate professional records management personnel, non‐availability of automatic security/protection system and erratic electric power supply. In order to eradicate or overcome these setbacks, the researcher has made some far‐reaching recommendations.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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