Coping with the Challenges of the Digital World

Coping with the Challenges of the DigitalWorld: The Experience of Nigerian Female Academic Library and Information
Professionals (LIP)

By

Chinwe Anunobi, Scholastica Ukwoma & Ngozi Blessing Ukachi

In

New Review of Academic Librarianship       

     Abstract

In recent years, library and information services have developed
from the traditional print based services to technology driven systems
engendered by the adoption of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) in library operations and services. These
developments have brought about an increase in the responsibility
of Library and Information Professionals (LIP) in academic institutions
that are exposed to traditional and ICT driven operations
as well as research needed for career progression. Furthermore, in
some developing countries like Nigeria, female LIP socio-cultural
responsibilities differ from their male counterparts. Hence, female
LIPs are faced with issues of: coping with the migration to ICT driven
operations and services, career progression requirements, and other
socio-cultural expectations. This article seeks to determine the coping
strategies of female librarians to the challenges of the digital
world. A survey was carried out among all female academic LIPs
in southern Nigeria. The questionnaire was designed to elicit information
on the benefits as well as challenges emanating from
operations/services in the library, career progression and societal
expectations, in addition to their coping strategies. The outcome of
the research reveals the impact of technological progress on female
professionals in developing countries and the steps that could be
taken to help overcome these challenges

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2012.708005

Web 2.0 Use by Librarians in a State in Nigeria

By

Chinwe V. Anunobi, Andrew U. Ogbonna

http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/DCS/article/view/1921/1901

The survey was conducted with the focus to determine the awareness and use of Web 2.0 tools by librarians in Anambra state in Nigeria. Questionnaire was designed and distributed to all professional librarians in the state who are members of the Nigerian Library Association. Result shows a low awareness and use of Web2.0 tools by the librarians. Social networking sites are the mostly used among the various tools. Their use of the tools is dependent on the librarians’ place of work with the academic librarians using the tools more than others from other places of work. Most of the librarians use the tools for communication and profile publicity. Personality characteristics, computer expertise, motivation, lack of facilities and access restriction are among the impediments to the librarians’ use of Web 2.0 tools.

Keywords: Nigerian librarian, Web 2.0 use , librarian web 2.0, web2.0 awareness, challenge web 2.0 use , social networking sites librarian use, blogs librarian use

Citation Analysis of Postgraduate Students as a Measure of their Resource Preference

By

Chinwe V. Anunobi, Ifeyinwa Okoye and Ngozi James-Chima Citation Analysis of Postgraduate Students as a Measure of their Resource Preference

The study was designed to analyze citation of postgraduate masters’ theses produced between the year 2000 and

2008 in the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology of Federal University of Technology Owerri with a

view to determine their resource preference. It was undertaken as an update of similar study carried out in 2003 and

2004. Using checklist data contained thirty one (31) theses which were submitted in the University library between

the year 2000 and 2008 were collated and analyzed using tables, graph, frequency count and percentages. The

result revealed that: though the students cited monographs, journals , conference proceedings and; unpublished

theses/ dissertations , newspapers, technical reports and newsletters, journals are cited most. The mean number of

cited resources for each of the theses is 75.8 out of which 34.12% are journals hence, the students demonstrated

preference for journal to other resources for research; current resources were not used by students for research

since 53.23% of the resources cited were 20years older than the year the theses were produced; and the most

preferred journal for research by the students was the Journal of Animal Production. Other journals which the

students preferred for research included Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, Agronomy Journal and Journal

of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Most of the preferred journals which were available in the Library had their

subscription suspended before 1997. Recommendations were made based on the findings.

Web 2.0 Use by Librarians in a State in Nigeria

The survey was conducted with the focus to determine the awareness and use of Web 2.0 tools by librarians in
Anambra state in Nigeria. Questionnaire was designed and distributed to all professional librarians in the state who
are members of the Nigerian Library Association. Result shows a low awareness and use of Web2.0 tools by the
librarians. Social networking sites are the mostly used among the various tools. Their use of the tools is dependent on
the librarians’ place of work with the academic librarians using the tools more than others from other places of work.
Most of the librarians use the tools for communication and profile publicity. Personality characteristics, computer
expertise, motivation, lack of facilities and access restriction are among the impediments to the librarians’ use of
Web 2.0 tools.Web 2.0 Use by Librarians in a State in Nigeria