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Publication date: 31 July 2007

Theodosia S.A. Adanu

The aim of the research was to find out if the work environment of professional librarians in the five state‐owned university libraries in Ghana encouraged continuing…

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Purpose

The aim of the research was to find out if the work environment of professional librarians in the five state‐owned university libraries in Ghana encouraged continuing professional development (CPD) and to discover who the librarians felt should be responsible for this.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was carried out among professional librarians in the five state‐owned university libraries in Ghana. The study was to find out if their work environment encouraged CPD. The study further investigated who the employees felt should be responsible for their CPD. The importance of a plan for effective CPD was also discussed. Finally, benefits of CPD to the individual professional were looked at. The survey method was used. The instruments for data collection were the questionnaire and interviews.

Findings

The study found that the library environment in the state‐owned universities was supportive to a large extent of CPD. The study revealed that the professional librarian's involvement in CPD was a shared responsibility of the library and the individual. Some benefits derived from CPD by the professional librarians were job advancement and updated skills leading to competence.

Originality/value

It is hoped that the study will encourage library management especially in universities to consider formulating and writing down CPD policies and also to adopt management styles that will make them “learning organisations.”

Details

Library Management, vol. 28 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 February 2005

A. Alemna and T. Adanu

Aims to summarise a study of the extent of use of the internet and its services at a library in Ghana.

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Purpose

Aims to summarise a study of the extent of use of the internet and its services at a library in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a descriptive summary. The study, which was undertaken within a one‐month period, was at the Balme Library, University of Ghana.

Findings

The findings indicate that among the services, e‐mail is the highest used, followed by the use for research. The least use of the internet was for e‐mail/browsing.

Originality/value

This is of interest to library and information management professionals, particularly those interested in information work in Africa.

Details

Library Hi Tech News, vol. 22 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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