Determinants of the quality of research outputs by librarians in selected university libraries in south east Nigeria

  • Josephine C. Igbokwe
  • Oyemike Victor Benson
  • Fidelia Ngozi Enem
Keywords: Research Quality, Librarians’, University Libraries, South-East, Editors’ Competency, Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to examine the determinants of the quality of research outputs by librarians in university libraries from the south east of Nigeria. The survey design was adopted for the study. The population comprises librarians from 6 universities in south east. Total enumeration technique was used to cover all librarians for the study. The questionnaire was used for data collection. A total of one hundred and nine (109) copies of questionnaires were distributed to librarians in the selected library with a return rate of 69.7%. The study used descriptive statistics in analyzing data generated for the study. The result revealed that the librarians’ research skills, editors’ level of editorial competency and mentor mentee relationships of librarians are all determining factor in relation to the quality of research outputs by librarians. There is a dire need for library associations and heads of university libraries to organize seminars / workshops on research methods, this would help librarians to acquire the necessary skills required for quality research output. Also, editors in library and information science journals should come under one umbrella to enable them share their editorial experiences with other editors. The study has provided empirical evidence in research skills, editors’ competency / areas of specialization and mentor-mentee relationship as determining factor for quality of research outputs by librarians.

Keywords: Research Quality, Librarians’, University Libraries, South-East, Editors’ Competency, Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Published
2019-07-25
Section
Articles

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