African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais <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><strong>Submit a manuscript for publication at&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/submissions">Online Submissions</a></p> en-US Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the journal. onyanob@gmail.com (Prof Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha) onyanob@gmail.com (Prof OB Onyancha - Editor-in-Chief) Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:05:48 +0000 OJS 3.1.2.4 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Expectations of academics from the 21st century academic library https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204044 <p>The study investigated the needs and expectations of academics from two academic libraries. To explore this broad question, the study sought to determine the scholarly communication, research data management, collaboration, teaching and learning, and new pedagogical needs and expectations of academics. The study also identified the social web tools used by academics for maintaining their research. The literature review is anchored in the study’s objectives. A quantitative approach that deployed a web-based questionnaire is adopted. Data was collected from a combined sample of 227 academics and the response rate was 60%. The findings reinforce established studies by highlighting that academics expect their libraries to provide scholarly communication support, online information literacy sessions, teaching and learning support, and co-hosting workshops, co-teaching information literacy, co-deploying new technologies and co-publishing. In spite of these expectations, the Zimbabwean academic library is yet to fulfil its expected role of providing the necessary services and resources to academics. It is recommended that academic libraries in Zimbabwe find the means to address the demands made by academics. Further research should compare the views of both academics and the academic library.</p> Rangarirai Moira Mabweazara, Sandy Zinn Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204044 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Influence of awareness and utilisation of agricultural information on the livelihood of plantain farmers in Ikenne Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria. https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204045 <p>The influence of awareness and utilisation of agricultural information on livelihoods was investigated among 250 plantain farmers who were purposively selected in three communities in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria. It was found that the plantain farmers had a high level of awareness of many of the listed information sources. The utilisation of agricultural information improved their livelihood. There was a significant combined influence of awareness and utilisation of agricultural information on the livelihood of the plantain farmers. It was suggested that efforts should be made to increase the plantain farmers’ awareness of agricultural information through the listed information sources so as to improve their livelihoods.</p> Obinna Nwokike Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204045 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Supervision practices in library and information science postgraduate research in Nigeria and South Africa https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204057 <p>In this study, supervision practices in library and information science departments in Nigeria and South Africa were examined. The sample framework consisted of master’s dissertations and doctoral theses, completed from 2009 to 2015, which were available in the Directory of Open Access Repositories. Qualitative content analysis was used to generate the data used for the study. The data was presented in tables. The main findings showed that the majority of the theses and dissertations were sole-supervised. Co-supervision was more prevalent in dissertations than in theses. The major subject areas of the co-supervised theses and dissertations were information sources/studies and user services; while the major subject areas for sole supervised theses and dissertations were user services, records/knowledge management and information sources/studies. A few master’s degree holders worked together as cosupervisors, but most co-supervision involved collaboration between professors and doctorate holders. In contrast to sole supervision, cosupervision is recommended because it provides an opportunity to share knowledge and learn by doing while enhancing the learning and research experience of students.</p> Scholastica Chizoma Ukwoma, Patrick Ngulube Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204057 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Determinants of motivation and job satisfaction of information technology artisans in Lagos, Nigeria https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204058 <p>This study was designed to investigate how the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory explains the rapid growth in IT artisanship in an IT cluster in Lagos Nigeria. Data was collected from 250 artisans in locations in Lagos in Nigeria using a questionnaire. The Maslow’s variables predicted different motivation and job satisfaction variables differently just as do the demographic and social characteristics of the respondents. Despite the poor economic conditions in Nigeria, many IT artisans are located on basic needs, but majority are concentrated on safety need matters. Despite a further large number of respondents in the low socioeconomic threshold, self-esteem constructs predicted job satisfaction, except the wish to remain in the profession and perception about the future in the job; mastery of the job, a sense of achievement and a feeling of belonging to a high social class were related to adequacy of income. This study does not uphold Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory because the needs of the artisans do not manifest in any linear fashion –from the lowest to the highest as they would occur in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The retention in the job and the satisfaction expressed by the artisans are definitely as a result of other factors, and not the conventional hierarchy of needs. This result shows that the IT clusters have great promises of committed and dedicated human resources whose labours would support emergence of an innovation hub.</p> Williams Ezinwa Nwagwu Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204058 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Perceptions of librarians and library and information science educators towards collaboration and promotion of information literacy in Nigeria https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204047 <p>This study investigated the perceptions of librarians and library and information science (LIS) educators towards collaboration and promotion of information literacy (IL) in Nigeria. The study adopted the descriptive survey and used questionnaire as the instrument for data collection. The simple random sampling technique was used to select five state universities teaching LIS in Nigeria. The population of the study consisted of 103 librarians and LIS educators. Data were analysed with percentage and mean. The study found that the perception of the concept of IL is high and librarians and LIS educators share a similar opinion on the core skills that students should have from IL. There is evidence of positive perception and willingness to collaborate on IL between both groups although some differences were identified in the areas where librarians and LIS educators are willing to collaborate. Perceived challenges such as inadequacy of facilities to teach IL, reluctance in having IL in the curriculum and an unfounded fear of unwillingness to collaborate from both librarians and LIS educators were also identified.</p> Violet E. Ikolo Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204047 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Research partnerships that count in sub saharan africa’s research output and impact https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204048 <p>The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from their research collaboration with other countries, with special focus on countries outside Africa. Data was obtained from the Web of Science’s (WoS) citation databases using the country name in a search query CU=Country Name and limiting the search to research articles published between 2000 and 2019. The VOSviewer was used to map the country collaborations in the five sub-Saharan African countries, which were selected for the study, namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. The findings reveal that the number of collaborating countries has not only increased since 2000 but also that the intensity of collaboration among countries has tremendously grown over time. The USA and England contribute the most to the five countries’ research performances and therefore constitute the core country contributors. The collaborators’ contribution to the five countries is close to being proportional but greatly differs in terms of percentage share across the five countries. The greatest beneficiary of regional (hereinafter used to refer to ‘Africa’ or ‘African’) and international collaboration is Kenya, followed by Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The collaboration among researchers from different countries is likely to intensify as many governments and funders place more emphasis on research collaboration. Given the current increased interest in university rankings, institutions in sub-Saharan Africa are likely to encourage their researchers to engage in collaborative research that benefits the institutions the greatest.</p> Omwoyo Bosire Onyacha Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204048 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Knowledge and skills requirements of National University of Lesotho librarians in meeting information needs of humanities undergraduate students in the digital age https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204049 <p>Digital age has transformed higher education and this has affected the roles of academic libraries as well. The digital age, in the context of this study, refers to an era where information management services such as organisation, management, retrieval, and transfer of information are done primarily by using computers and other technology devices. In this era, contemporary technologies such as social media, the Internet and other technology tools have become the driving forces in the dissemination and communication of information (Schmidt and Cohen, 2013; Tella, Akande and Bamidele, 2018). Academic librarians are under pressure since they need to embrace and adapt to technological changes in order to meet users’ needs. This study was conducted to ascertain the knowledge and skills requirements of librarians in the digital era academic library environment, in the context of Lesotho, using the case study of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). Convergent parallel mixed methods approach within a pragmativist paradigm and case study design informed the methodology. The target population included NUL librarians and humanities undergraduate students. Data were collected via face-to-face semi-structured interviews with librarians and a structured questionnaire for students. The study concludes that a blend of disciplinary, generic and personal competencies is required for librarians to meet the library related information needs in the current digital age.</p> Pontso Nkuebe, Jaya Raju Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajlais/article/view/204049 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0000