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ICT skills of library personnel in a changing digital library environment: A study of academic libraries in Oyo State, Nigeria.

SO Akande

Abstract


The survey examined ICT skills of library personnel working in academic libraries in Oyo state vis –a- vis level of competence and methods of acquisition. It also considered whether the personnel’s ICT skills competence is related to their method of ICT skills acquisition. The sample used consists of 155 professional and para - professional library personnel working in government – owned tertiary institutions in Oyo state. A questionnaire tagged ICTSQ with a Cronbach alpha measure of 0.91 wa s used to collect data. Two research questions were raised and one hypothesis was formulated for the study. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts, percentages, mean scores and standard deviation. Inferential stat istics of Pearson correlation was used to analyse data for the hypothesis. The result showed that library personnel have acquired basic ICT skills for using the Internet, computer and e mail. However, they lacked skills for using advanced web - based ICT p ackages for web page design, troubleshooting and project management. Moreover, there was no significant relationship found between the ICT skills level and methods of ICT skills acquisition(r= -.165,P>0.05). The study made recommendations based on the findings of the study.

Key Words: ICT, skills, Libr ary, Personnel, Digital, Environment.




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