ICT SKILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND SERVICE DELIVERYBY LIBRARIANS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA

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ABSTRACT

Service delivery is the primary function of any university library. The cumbersome nature and the inadequacies of traditional library services have prompted university libraries to adopt social media in library service delivery. Observations have shown that globally, many university libraries have embraced the use of social media in their library services. However, the pace of integrating the use of social media in library by librarians in Nigerian University libraries is slow. Could this low usage be attributed to lack of ICT skills to incorporate social media use?  Therefore, this study investigated the influence of ICT skills and social media use on library service delivery by librarians in the Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria.

The survey research design was adopted for the study. The population was made up of 126 librarians from Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria. Total enumeration sampling technique was used to cover all the librarians from five out of the six Federal Universities. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire. The Cronbach’s alpha reliability coefficient for ICT skills was 0.93, Social media was 0.83 and library service delivery was 0.73. A response rate of 95.4% was obtained. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

Findings showed that librarians were skilled in ICT. It was also shown that the extent of use of social media tools for library services was generally low. Findings also revealed that the most popular social media tool used was Facebook, followed by WhatsApp, You-tube and Instant Message (IM). It was also revealed that librarians made a very low use of Pintrest, Flickr and Podcast. Erratic power supply, poor internet access, and inadequate ICT facilities were some of the constraints in the use of social media. Significant relationships between ICT skills and library services (r = 0.677, p < .05) and Social media and Library services (r = 0.415, p < .05) were found. The two variables jointly influenced librarians’ library services which accounted for 98% variance in the dependent variable (R2 = .98, F (1,56) = 56, p < .05). It was found that ICT Skills positively influenced Library services (β = .256) as well as Social Media Use (β = .163)

The study concluded that majority of the librarians were skilled in nearly all the ICT skills. However, the use of Social Media by librarians in library services proved to be very low. The study recommended that awareness in the use of social media should be created for effective library services. Also, the library management in conjunction with the management of these Universities should create an enabling environment for the training of librarians on web technology (Web. 2.0), provide adequate internet access points and tackle erratic power supply. These could motivate the librarians in using social media tools which, in turn, would lead to the enhancement of library services.

Keywords:  ICT skills, Social media use, Library services, Librarians, Federal universities

Word Count:  468

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Content                                                                                                        Page

Title Page                                                                                     i

Certification                                                                                         ii

Dedication                                                                                iii

Acknowledgements                                                                         iv

Abstract                                                                                               v

Table of Contents                                                                         vi

List of Tables                                                                                ix

List of Figures   x

Appendix    xi

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1   Background to the Study                                                       1

1.2   Statement of the Problem                                    6

1.3   Objective of the Study                                                7

1.4   Research Questions                                                8

1.5   Hypotheses                                                        8

1.6   Scope of the Study                                                            8

1.7   Significance of the Study

91.8   Operational Definition of Terms                 10

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF LITERATURE                                            

2.0   Introduction                11

2.1   The Concept of ICTs and ICT Skills of Librarians in University libraries                     11

2.2 Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Skills and Service Delivery by Librarians in University Libraries  16

2.3   Service Delivery by Librarians in Libraries           21

2.4   The Concept of Social Media                 24

2.5   Social Media Use in University Libraries                  26

Content                                                                                          Page

2.7   Social Media Use and Service Delivery in University Libraries 29

2.8   Challenges Associated with Service Delivery in University Libraries 35

2.9   Theoretical Framework                                                                               37   

2.9.1 Diffusion of Information Theory  37

2.9.2 Customer Service Theory   38

2.9.3 Technology Acceptance Model      38

2.10 Conceptual Model 40

2.11 Appraisal of Literature 41

CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY

3.0   Introduction                                                                              43

3.1   Research Design                                                                    43

3.2   Population 43

3.3   Sample size and sampling technique                               44

3.4   Instrumentation                                                 44

3.5   Validity and reliability of Questionnaire        45

3.6   Data Collection Procedure                            46

3.7   Method of Data Collection 46

3.8   Ethical Consideration                                  46

CHAPTER FOUR: DATAANALYSIS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS

4.0   Introduction                    47

4.1   Background Information of Respondents      48

4.2   Analysis of Research Questions                              49

4.3   Testing of Hypothesis                   57

4.4   Discussion of Findings        60

Content                                                                        Page

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.0   Introduction                                                                   64

5.1   Summary                                                                           64

5.2   Conclusion                                                     65

5.3   Recommendations                                                      66

5.4   Contribution to Knowledge                                                     66

5.5   Limitation of the Study                                            67

5.6   Suggestion for Further Studies                               67

 References                                                           69

 Appendix 1                                   82

 Appendix II                                                            83

LIST OF TABLES

Table                                        Page

3.1    List of Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria 44

4. 1 Background Information of Respondents      48

4.2   Level of ICT Skills of librarians in Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria      50

4.3   Frequency of use of Social Media      53

4.4 Services That Librarians In Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria Provide Using Social Media.                                              55

4.5   Challenges faced by Librarians in Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria            56

4.6   Relationship between ICT Skills and services by librarians    58

4.7   Relationship between social media use and services by librarians 58

4.8   Multiple regression analysis showing the influence of ICT skills and Social Media use on Services by Librarians                       60

LIST OF FIGURES

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2.1   Technology Acceptance model Technology Acceptance model   39

2.2    Conceptual Model of ICT Skills, Social Media Use and Services by Librarians 40

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1       Background to the Study

University libraries support the university community by delivering services to meet the teaching, research and learning needs of staff and students. They play a key role in the educational system of their parent institutions by providing a variety of services to a wide range of users in the academic environment. University libraries acquire, process, manage and disseminate information resources through which their parent institutions conduct research and produce high-level manpower (Nnadozie & Onah, 2016). They provide access to information resources in diverse formats to users. They provide timely and relevant information in support of teaching and research needs of their parent institutions. The university library is a repository of information resources. These resources are the traditional information resources which include books, journals, maps, encyclopedia, dictionaries, newspapers and periodicals. Some of the services provided are reference services, technical services, current awareness services, selective dissemination of information, lending services, bibliographic services, reprographic services, inter-library loan services, indexing and abstracting services. These services are provided to keep their patrons abreast of the latest developments in their disciplines.

Edewor, Okite-Amughoro, Osuchukwu, and Egrejena (2016) opined that libraries are veritable information providers rendering strategic services. According to them, libraries are finding new ways of serving users effectively. Library services, before the advent of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), were essentially delivered manually and the library materials were primarily in print format. These services were only available during the open hours only. The staff, students and other users had no option but to use the library in the open hours. These libraries depend highly on print resources and manual interlibrary loan system.  Most times, the information resources available in the library are inadequate to meet the information that is needed by the patrons. Many of the services that were delivered by the librarians fall short of the roles librarians play as information providers.

The scenario is different in many libraries around the world today as ICTs have affected delivery of information service. ICTs have had tremendous impact on almost every sphere of activity including the services provided by librarians in university libraries. The emergence of ICTs and the accessibility of information resources online have transformed the services that university libraries provide to their patrons.

With the introduction of ICTs, a lot of library services are delivered digitally. Kemdarne (2013) defined (ICT) as the combination of telecommunication and computer technology to facilitate transmission, collection, processing, interpretation and distribution of information.  ICTs are the applications of modern technologies to the collection and dissemination of information. The application of ICTs in university libraries has enabled timely and rapid and timely access to information. The introduction of ICTs has significantly affected almost all library functions. ICTs have brought tremendous changes to information service delivery. Librarians in university libraries have realized the importance of ICTs in facilitating service delivery. Information and Communication Technologies are used in library services such as acquisition processes, circulation services, reference services, serials management, cataloguing and classification. ICTs help libraries in providing broad access to a variety of information resources and provide a way to improve teaching and research in universities. New web-based services like virtual reference services, online reservation services, online-public access catalogue (OPAC), news clipping  scanning services and Internet services are some of  the newly introduced services using ICT applications to respond  adequately to the changing information seeking pattern of library users (Akande, 2014).

Information and communication technologies which are used interchangeably with Information Technology are useful in this information era. The use of ICTs in the library is tremendous, ranging from routine duties such as users’ registration to more complex ones such as cataloguing and digital institutional repositories (Gakibayo, Ikoja-Odongo&Okello-Obura, 2013).Globally, several university libraries are employing information and communication technologies to improve the delivery of their information services to their patrons. They use these technologies to enhance the traditional library service delivery.  For university libraries to be relevant in this information age and as their services are now focusing on Information Technology, librarians need to acquire Information and Communication Technology skills to enhance the delivery of their duties. These skills include basic computer operating skills, use of electronic mail, posting messages to sites, and creating blogs among others.  Librarians cannot fully exploit ICTs if they lack these basic skills.

However, one of the challenges facing library services in university libraries in Nigeria is the unwillingness of the librarians to incorporate ICT in terms of knowledge and skills to implement the modern library services (Ojedokun &Ayoka, 2015).Studies have shown that ICT skills of librarians in Nigerian universities are inadequate. Nkamnebe, Okeke, Udem, and Nkamnebe(2015), in their study found out that librarians were weakly skilled in information and communication technologies. Ojiegbe(2010) notes that many library staff in academic institutions rely only on the manual ways of rendering library services and do not bother acquiring competencies to incorporate the fast-growing technological trends in the profession. Okon and Ogbodo (2014) also pointed out that that one of the factors that hinders ICTs adoption by librarians in university libraries in Nigeria is low ICT skills. Ekoja (2007) states that ICT skills of librarians in Nigerian university libraries are inadequate. According to him, many librarians are unable to use ICTs even when ICT facilities are available. He opines that this poses a serious setback to service delivery.

There is no doubt that the traditional library and information services need improvement as a result of their limits and inadequacies. As a result of this, university libraries are incorporating new technologies such as social media in order to remain relevant in their universities and to meet the information needs of their patrons. Use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, RSS feeds, YouTube, etc. in the delivery of library and information services has become necessary for the survival of university libraries.   Facebook is used for communication between librarians and their patrons. Library patrons can communicate with librarians for enquiries. They also receive information on their enquiries. Facebook is used for sharing of information and marketing library services. It is also used to forge collaboration among librarians; this helps them to know one another more. It is also used to search online public access catalogs (OPACs).

Twitters allows library patrons to be kept updated on the activities of the libraries, new information resources received, and provide announcements on conferences and seminars. Twitter is popularly used to broadcast information about the library, promotion of library and its services. It is an effective tool for disseminating information about the libraries.  Rich site summary (RSS) is used by librarians to provide current awareness services to their patrons. Updates on library services, events exhibition can also be accessed by subscribing to RSS. You tube is used to share video conferences, workshops and library events. Blogs provide links to the library catalogues, marketing library and information services. Instant messaging (IM) is used to enhance reference service delivery processes. It allows immediate response to inquiries from library patrons. 

Web technologies such as social media are becoming popular in the delivery of library services. Social media are web-enabled interactive tools which make room for communication among people. Social media enable the creation, sharing and exchange of information and ideas. They are new forms of communication and their uses cut across people from all walks of life. Social media tools such as Facebook, Blog, and Twitter allow individuals and organizations to actively engage in communication process not only as information receivers but also as message generators. They are online platforms designed to facilitate information sharing and exchanges of views. Social media are gradually being used in libraries all over the world. By using social media, libraries can connect to their patrons outside the physical buildings and build relationships with them. They enable communication among libraries and their users thereby serving as an opportunity for information dissemination and the marketing of new services. Social media are used for marketing of library products and services, announce news and for fund raising. Instant messaging (IM) is used to enhance reference service delivery processes. It allows immediate response to inquiries from library patrons.

Akporhonor and Olise (2015) stated that social media are tools that librarians can use for library services in order to maintain their relevance in this century. They added that social media are new media for effective promotion of library and information services in the technological era. Social media have become a global phenomenon with websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn reporting number of users in millions (Atulomah & Onuoha, 2011). Online social networks (OSNs) which are used interchangeably with social media are used in university libraries mainly to provide timely and relevant information, market services and information resources to patrons. By reading blogs, group posting, and messages,  the librarian  becomes an active  member who is able to anticipate and advise users  as need arises ( Ebele & Oghenetegar, 2014). Social Media are new technology offering new options for African academic librarians in their research support role (Owusu-Ansah,  Goutshi, Mutibwa & Ukwoma,2015). Social media are communication platforms through the Internet that enable social relations. Social media such as Facebook, Blog, and Twitter allow individuals and organizations to actively engage in communication process not only as information receivers but also as message generators. They are online platforms designed to facilitate information sharing and exchanges of views.

Libraries could connect to their patrons outside the physical buildings and build relationships with them using social media. They are platforms that enable communication among libraries and their users thereby serving as an opportunity for information dissemination.  They are used as tools by librarians and other information professionals to reach their patrons irrespective of their locations. They are platforms to share information, promote and market new services. Many organisations are applying social media to improve their services and interact with their clients. Social media have become tools used in university libraries to market their services and provide information resources to patrons. Olajide and Alao (2016) opined that the latest ideology of libraries all over the world to take library services to users and not necessarily users coming to physical libraries necessitate the need for academic libraries to incorporate social media. According to them, social media are the most versatile tools for collaboration, communication, and creativity.University libraries in developed countries have taken the lead in embracing diverse social media tools to provide quality services to their users.  Librarians in South Africa used Web 2.0 tools more often than the librarians in university libraries in Nigeria. ( Baro,   Ebiagbe,  Godfrey, 2013).

The low usage might be as a result of lack of skills to incorporate social media in library and information services. Librarians need skills in order to adopt social media to provide better services and continue their role as information professionals. These skills include ability to create   pages, groups, and profiles. Abilities to navigate, browse within sites, upload messages, download messages, forward messages are also vital. The extent to which librarians in federal universities in Nigeria possess these skills is not known. Also studies have shown that librarians in Nigeria were not using frequently social media tools like their counterpart in other countries (Baro, Ebiagbe &Godfrey, 2013, Omeluzor &Bamidele, 2014) and that they lacked web 2.0 technologies skills (Gani, Whong, Esew, Barua & Kasa, 2015). It is against this backdrop that this study investigates ICT skills, social media use and service delivery by librarians in federal universities in South- West, Nigeria.

Federal Universities in South-West, Nigeria are public institutions of higher learning established by the Federal Government. They contribute extensively to the political, individual and cultural growth of the country by offering academic programmes in various fields of knowledge. These universities like other universities in the country   have   learning, teaching,   and research as   their primary functions. They have libraries saddled with the task of ensuring the delivery of information services to staff,   students   and others   in   the university community. These libraries play a crucial role in satisfying the information needs of the university community and assisting in locating current information resources and materials. They are charged with the task of acquiring, storing, organizing and disseminating information.  They provide information materials required to support the learning, teaching, and researchneeds of their universities. University libraries, however, do not exist in isolation and must to a reasonable extent reflect the society. While manual methods of information delivery were fully accepted in the past, advancement in technological in this age demands that libraries embrace the use of ICTs in service delivery.

1.2       Statement of the Problem

Service delivery from inception has been the bedrock of libraries’ existence since libraries are established for the sole purpose of providing information services. University libraries in Nigeria provide wide range of services such as reference services; inter library loan, selective dissemination of information service, current awareness service, and indexing and abstracting services. Many of these services are delivered manually and the delivery of these services through traditional means has been cumbersome and time-wasting. Traditional library services restrict users to the available resources available within the library collections only.  Moreover, access to information is limited to print resources and this places the patrons at disadvantage with limited information resources. There is no doubt that the traditional library and information services need improvement as a result of its limitations and inadequacies.  There is need for re-designing the services to meet the demands of their users and remain relevant and retain their place as information providers in this technology age. Theinadequacies of traditional library services prompted university libraries to adopt information and communication technologies in library services.

Advancement in ICT has brought changes in the way libraries operate thereby demanding new skills from librarians to provide services relevant to the needs of today’s users who have the option of either visiting the library physically or virtually. The virtual nature of today’s libraries, however, demands that librarians are not only skilled in the use of ICTs but are also knowledgeable in the use of social media tools for information dissemination among users. However, studies have shown that librarians in university libraries in Nigeria are not willing to integrate ICT in terms of abilities to adopt the contemporary library services.   Although literature suggests that libraries in developed countries have embraced the use of social media in service delivery, the pace of application of modern technologies such as social media in university libraries in developing countries particularly Nigeria is slow.  One of the probable reasons for this might be lack of knowledge and skills involved in the use of social media. The literature also shows there are no empirical studies correlating ICT skills and social media use for service delivery by librarians in federal university libraries in South-West, Nigeria. This study, therefore, investigated the relationship between ICT skills, social media use and services by librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria.

1.3 Objective of the Study

The general objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between ICT skills, social media use and libraryservices of librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria. The specific objectives are to:

  1. determine the level of ICT skills of librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria,
  2. find out the frequency of use of social media for service delivery by librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria,
  3. find out  the extent  that librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria deliver  services using social media,
  4. determine the relationship between ICT skillsand service delivery by librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria,
  5. ascertain the relationship between social media use and service delivery by librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria,
  6. examine the influence of ICT skills and social media use on service delivery by librarians in South-West, Nigeria and
  7. find out the challenges librarians in federal universities in South-West, Nigeria face when using social media to provide services.
ICT SKILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND SERVICE DELIVERYBY LIBRARIANS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA