European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Digitisation of Information Materials in Academic Libraries in Nigeria: A Case Study of University of Cross River State Library, Calabar, Cross River State
Author Name :
Ekanem B. E. Eyo, Catherine O. Elemi
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
Job performance of library personnel is one of the essential requirements for achievement of library goals and objectives in public universities. Information materials in academic libraries are acquired, processed, stored, preserved and digitised for effective and efficient service delivery and for posterity. This study was carried out to investigate digitisation of information materials in academic libraries in Nigeria: A case study of University of Cross River State Library Calabar, Cross River State. The survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consists of 55 library personnel, notably librarians and para-professionals working in University of Cross River State library, Calabar, Cross River State. A total enumeration was adopted as the sampling technique. The instrument used to collect data for analysis was questionnaire. The research instrument was validated, to consider its suitability for the study. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics such as frequency counts, simple percentage, mean and standard deviation. The hypothesis was tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings showed that University libraries are confronted with enormous challenges such as funding, unpreparedness to implement digitisation in the library, lack of automation of library/services, lack of technical personnel with expertise, erratic power supply, lack of digitisation equipment, lack of regular training/retraining of library personnel, among others. The strategies to digitise the university library include: adequate funding by government, preparedness to digitise the library, acquisition of adequate digitisation equipment, employment of qualified technical personnel with expertise, etcetera. The paper recommended among others that library management should take cognisance of these challenges to improve and sustain digitisation of information materials for effective service delivery in University of Cross River State library Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
Keywords :
Academic libraries, Challenges, Digitisation of information materials, University of Cross River State library Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

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