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IJSTR >> Volume 4 - Issue 8, August 2015 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

Website: http://www.ijstr.org

ISSN 2277-8616



Digital Literacy Skills Among Librarians In University Libraries In The 21st Century In Edo And Delta States, Nigeria

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AUTHOR(S)

Emiri, Ogochukwu T.

 

KEYWORDS

Index Terms: Digital Literacy Skills, Librarians, University Libraries, 21st Century, Edo and Delta States, Nigeria

 

ABSTRACT

Abstract: Libraries all over the world have been faced with the evolving technological advancement, globalization, and digitization of information. These have led to library automation, digital and virtual libraries. This paper discussed the contemporary digital literacy skills (DLS) among librarians in university libraries the 21st century in Edo and Delta States of Southern Nigeria. The study was guided by six objectives and research questions and one hypothesis. The design of the study is descriptive survey and the population consists of all librarians from university libraries in the aforementioned states in Nigeria. The instrument used to generate data is the questionnaire and the date generated was analyzed using simple percentages and frequency count for research questions and SPSS version 14.0. The findings show that electronic mailing, social networking, use of PDAs, mobile phones and internet surfing are the major DLS amongst librarians. It was also discovered that librarians acquired DLS through colleague’s assistance, trial and error, IT programmes and formal education while librarian’s level of use of DLS is low amongst other findings. Researcher recommends that management of university libraries should provide training for librarians so as to help update their knowledge in application of digital skills and digital skill competence should be giving more attention during recruitment of librarians amongst others.

 

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