Extent Of Integration Of ICT In Public Library Services

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Extent Of Integration Of ICT In Public Library Services


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This study looks at the extent of integration of information and communication technology to public library services in Onitsha, Nnewi and Abagana divisional state library, Anambra state. The study sought to find out the various ICT facilities available in Anambra State public libraries, determine the extent to which ICTs are integrated into various public library operations and the hindrances to ICT integration in Anambra State libraries. The research is guided by four research questions and descriptive survey were used as the research design. Also, random sampling technique was used to select all the librarians in Onitsha, Nnewi and Abagana public libraries, which gives 6 librarians as sample size for the study. Statistically, simple mean method was used for data analysis. The study revealed that the available ICT facilities in Onishta, Nnewi and Abagana divisional state library were computer, electronic mails, photocopiers and printers. While ICT facilities such as internet facilities, video conferencing and networks were not available in the library.

The study further revealed that the extent of integration of ICT to public library services such as library management and administration, Processing of library materials, developing online resources, accessing online resources and Provision of regular library services to users were very low. In addition, from the findings, it was determined that some of the hindrances to ICT integration to public libraries in the state was due to poor infrastructural facilities, lack of ICT facilities, lack of/poor funding, inadequate technical skills and technophobia. Strategies such as training and retraining of library staff and revitalizing the concept of e-library and government monitoring of ICT policies were proffered.


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