https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/issue/feed African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 2021-11-23T17:20:01+00:00 Prof Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha onyanob@gmail.com Open Journal Systems <p><em>African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science</em> is established mainly to provide a forum for librarians, archivists, documentalists, information scientists and other information related professionals in Africa to report their research findings but with emphasis on African setting. The Journal is refereed by distinguished scholars. Emphasis is on empirical research; however, manuscripts of high quality on theoretical aspects of the three information related disciplines will be considered for publication.</p> <p>Please read the <a title="Author Guidelines" href="https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/about/submissions">Author Guidelines</a> to ensure that your manuscript meets ALL the requirements before you can proceed to submit your manuscsript.</p> <p><strong>Submit a manuscript for publication at&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/submissions">Online Submissions</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217799 Copyright Literacy among Nigerian Librarians: A Survey of Copyright Awareness, Attitudes, and Abilities 2021-11-23T11:19:24+00:00 Amrollah Shamsi shamsiamrollah@gmail.com Raju N. Vasantha shamsiamrollah@gmail.com Brady D. Lund shamsiamrollah@gmail.com Oluwole O. Durodolu shamsiamrollah@gmail.com <p>As copyright issues become increasingly prominent in the Internet age, librarians must have a high-level of knowledge in order to ensure that copyright laws are followed, and patrons are aware of potential violations. This study examines the awareness of and attitudes towards copyright policy and practices among professional librarians in Nigeria. A 27-item survey distributed in early 2021 to 110 library professionals received 85&nbsp; responses. Threefourths of participants indicated that they had a moderate or extremely good awareness of copyright, though competency in&nbsp; specific aspects of copyright varied greatly (e.g., 90% were familiar with national copyright laws, but only 14% with the concept of “copyleft”).&nbsp; Responses were mixed as to whether the libraries at which librarians were employed had a specific copyright policy in place or aligned with national copyright legislation. Based on the findings of this survey, suggestions for improving copyright education and practices in libraries.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217801 Kenya’s Research Excellence as Indexed in the Web of Science: An Informetrics’ Perspective 2021-11-23T14:29:37+00:00 Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha onyanob@unisa.ac.za Naomi Mwai onyanob@unisa.ac.za Tom Kwanya onyanob@unisa.ac.za <p>Research excellence (RE) is a relatively new concept which has been gaining traction among scholars, government agencies and funders. No universally accepted definition of RE exists. In this paper, however, it is perceived as the sustained conceptualisation, design, execution and dissemination of optimal volumes of high quality research products which contribute effectively to societal wellbeing. The concept of research excellence is just emerging in Kenya. Indeed, the literature reviewed in this paper reveals that the perception, measurement, and reporting of research excellence in Kenya is largely unknown. Therefore, this paper seeks to unravel these issues as a means of promoting research excellence in the country. The study anchoring this paper assessed the top papers produced in Kenya to gauge the country’s RE. Data were obtained from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection databases, the Essential Science Indicators and the Journal Citation Reports. Specifically,&nbsp; the paper explores the trend and volume of the highly cited and hot papers as the percentage share of Kenya’s total research publications; identifies the journals and assessed the quality of the journals in which Kenya’s highly cited and hot papers are published; examines the subject content and research field yielding the most highly cited and hot research papers in Kenya; determines the extent of research collaboration in the highly cited and hot papers; and benchmarks Kenya’s performance in the top papers against the rest of Africa. The study reveals an increase in the publication of the top papers, largely in the form of journal articles; a heavy co-authorship of the papers; a favourable performance by Kenya when compared to the rest of the African countries; and the publication of the country’s top papers in prestigious international journals. Kenya’s RE is&nbsp; partly dependent on the dissemination of its research in high impact factor journals. In addition, the country’s RE is heavily dependent on the performance of science fields such as internal medicine, environmental sciences and ecology, and public health and agriculture.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217803 Adoption and Use of Web Technologies by Librarians in Open Distance e-Learning at the University in South Africa 2021-11-23T12:09:03+00:00 Aaron Mphekeletzi Tshikoshi willieezi@yahoo.com Williams Ezinwa Nwagwu willieezi@yahoo.com <p>Web technologies are now adopted by libraries worldwide to facilitate information services. The objective of this study was to examine how subject librarians’ use web technologies to support students in an online, distance and elearning university in South Africa. Data was collected from 68 of the 135 participants who were administered with an online questionnaire, and analysed to generate information about web technology adopter categories and examine the types of the web technologies used by the librarians. Technical support and network issues top the challenges the librarians encountered. The librarians recognise the pertinence of web technologies in their services but their performance is hampered by technology, administrative and environmental factors. There is need to practically examine the meaning and nature of library technical support in the library, and extent of performance of existing library technical support services based on the opinion and experiences of UNISA librarians.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217804 Towards a Framework to Optimise Social Media Usage in Academic Libraries in Ghana: An Empirical Study 2021-11-23T12:22:36+00:00 Monica Mensah momensah@ug.edu.gh <p>This paper sought to propose a framework that may help academic libraries in Ghana to optimise the use of social media in their endeavour to provide library services as well as access to library resources. Using the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) as its theoretical lens, this study employed a crosssectional survey whereby quantitative data was collected from a total of six-hundred and five respondents through the use of a questionnaire. Statistical analyses were carried out using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) and the structural equation model (SEM) analysis to analyse data. The study sought for the following data, which informed the development and constituted&nbsp; the components of the framework: types and extent of social media commonly used in the libraries, UTAUT variables and respondents’&nbsp; demographics that significantly influence adoption and use of social media; and strategies and policies that necessitate the successful adoption and usage of social media. The framework offers a deep understanding regarding the aforementioned aspects as well as provides a basis for further research on the utilisation of social media in academic libraries in not only Ghana but worldwide.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217807 Information Behaviour on Loan Procurement by Textile Traders in Nigeria 2021-11-23T12:32:08+00:00 Janet O. Adekannbi janet.adekannbi@gmail.com Ekundayo Oluchi Akuma janet.adekannbi@gmail.com <p>This study is an exploratory research which examined textile traders’ information behaviour on loan procurement. The study adopted the qualitative approach. Purposive and snowballing techniques were used in selecting 35 traders who were major players in the market and data were collected through face-to-face interviews. Data collected were analysed thematically. Findings showed that information on loans with low interest rates was the most frequent information need and face-to-face communication with information sources was most preferred when seeking&nbsp;&nbsp; information on loan procurement. The most patronised loan source were the cooperative societies, while microfinance banks were the least.&nbsp; Challenges to loan procurement included disinformation from loan sources and risk of falling victims to fraudulent transactions. Limited patronage of microfinance institutions indicates the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to review the activities of these institutions and ensure that they re meeting their objectives especially since they were specifically set up to cater for the financial needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises<br>(MSMEs).</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217809 Continuing Professional Development and Institutional Support for Academic Librarians in Botswana 2021-11-23T12:44:02+00:00 Neo Patricia Mooko mookonp@ub.ac.bw Neo Patricia Mooko mookonp@ub.ac.bw Olugbade Oladokun mookonp@ub.ac.bw <p>Among other benefits, continuing professional development (CPD) is an adventure to keep current with developments in the profession and be&nbsp; reskilled for challenges that may rear up in&nbsp; the industry. The objectives of the study were to ascertain the kinds of CPD activities that academic librarians in Botswana are involved in; examine different ways in which academic institutions support CPD activities; investigate the perceived&nbsp; impact of CPD activities and challenges faced by the academic librarians in their endeavor to keep abreast with developments in the profession. A&nbsp; survey design with a questionnaire was used to assess continuing professional development (CPD) and institutional support amongst academic&nbsp; librarians in both public and private tertiary institutions in Botswana. A total of 188 copies of the questionnaire were distributed, 116 copies were&nbsp; returned. Responses point to an environment with minimal management support for CPD. The findings revealed that academic librarians mainly participate in conferences (52.9%), workshops and in-house training. There is very limited external training. A total of 43 (37%) respondents stated&nbsp; that their employers support them in terms of ‘paid time to attend’ to attend training or conferences. This means that respondents are paid their&nbsp; usual salary while attending training. Twenty-nine (25%) respondents stated that they received support in terms of travel expenses being paid by&nbsp; the employer. Whilst librarians decry a lack of mentoring and funding for CPD, management is of the view that the staff did not make the best use of CPD opportunities availed to them. The paper provide some useful recommendations.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/217812 Determinants of Reading Habits for Serials Publications by Undergraduate Students in Bayero University Library, Nigeria 2021-11-23T12:53:01+00:00 Muhammad Kabiru Usman mkusman.lib@buk.edu.ng Musa Abdu Auyo mkusman.lib@buk.edu.ng <p>This study on the determinants of the reading habits of undergraduate students for serials publications in Bayero University Library employed&nbsp; cross-sectional survey design to ascertain the reading habits of 297 undergraduate students of Bayero University. Using simple random sampling technique, the study comprised 185(62.3%) males and 113(37.7%) females, predominantly in levels 300 and 200. The study revealed that the reading habit of undergraduate students for serials publications was predominantly inclined towards leisure than academic purposes such as examinations, research and class assignments. Furthermore, undergraduates mostly read serials publications occasionally and their most read serials publications comprise bulletins, newspapers, magazines and journals. Chi-square test empirically indicated that information literacy skills is a determinant factor&nbsp; for the reading habit of undergraduates towards serials publications. Specifically library services and access were determinants of reading&nbsp; habits for serials publications by undergraduate students.. Conversely, library facilities and availability were not determinants of reading habits for serials publications by undergraduate students. The challenges facing the reading habits of undergraduates towards serials publicatiosn include inadequate literacy skills on access, retrieval and use of serials publications, inadequate awareness about available serials in the library and erratic Internet services or facility for accessing serials publications online. To improve the preference of undergraduates towards more academically&nbsp; inclined reading of serials publications, the library should evolve marketing strategies aimed at promoting the relevance of serials for learning in&nbsp; terms of writing assignments, term papers, articles and conducting research.</p> 2021-11-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)