Application of ICT in Teaching Information Organization in Nigerian Library Schools for Sustainable Development: A Comparative Study (Published)
This study investigated the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching of Information Organization in Nigerian Library schools for sustainable development. It was a comparative study of library schools in Nigeria. Four objectives and four research questions were formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey design was employed in the study and questionnaire was used to gather data from postgraduate students in the Nigerian library schools. The findings from the study revealed that there is not enough time allocated to the teaching of Information organisation in Nigerian Library Schools. All the ICT facilities listed in the study : CD-ROM, interactive white board, projectors, DDC Online, Online LCSH, internet and computers are not used in the teaching of Information Organisation in Nigerian Library Schools. Factors that militate against the use of ICT in teaching of Information Organisation were identified as funding, lack of internet subscription, poor power supply and non-availability of the ICT resources in the library schools. It was recommended that more credit hours should be allocated for the study of Information Organisation and all the needed ICT facilities should be provided in the library schools.
Evaluation of Cataloguing and Classification Competencies of Librarians in Nigerian Academic Libraries (Published)
A cross-sectional study of 84 cataloguers from 20 academic libraries across the geopolitical zones of Nigeria were randomly selected for the study. Their cataloguing and classification competencies; available cataloguing tools and the problems encountered were evaluated. A 32-item structured questionnaire under three sections was administered to the selected cataloguers. The mean value calculated for competencies in cataloguing and classifications skills is 3.3. “Finding it convenient to make good judgments in handling gray areas” had the least variable score of 2.6. The mean value for the cataloguing tools commonly used is 3.4. “Web Dewey and/or printed Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)” has the least score of 2.2. “No training opportunity for continuous professional development” has the highest score of 3.8. Current cataloguing tools should be provided nationwide and also training opportunities that will help these librarians keep abreast of changing cataloguing rules for effective service delivery in Nigerian academic libraries.