Okuonghae, O., Achugbue, E., & Ogbomo, M.O (2017). Librarians' Use of Social Media for Informal Scientific Communication in University Libraries in South-south Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-Journal)
This study investigated the use of social media for informal scientific communication among librarians in university libraries in South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria. The descriptive survey method was used for the study. The population of the study was 284 librarians in university libraries in South-South Nigeria. 284 copies of questionnaire were administered for this study. In response, 202 copies were retrieved and found useable, thereby indicating a response rate of 71%. The data was analysed using mean and frequencies. The hypothesis was testes using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient r. The findings indicated that librarians use social media tools such as Facebook, Whatsapp, twitter, blogs and LinkedIn for the purposes of informal scientific communication. The study also revealed that the extent to which librarians use social media for informal scientific communication is low as there are numerous challenges that hinders the effective usage of social media for informal scientific communication by librarians in university libraries in South-south, Nigeria. The study revealed that there exist a significant relationship between use of social media and informal scientific communication among librarians in university libraries in South-South Nigeria. The study recommends that university librarians and other library administrators should sensitize their library staff on the benefits of using social media for informal scientific communication. Librarians should cultivate the habit of using modern technologies (such as computers, social media tools) for information sharing and dissemination because it is relatively cheaper and allows for wider participation. The study also recommends that libraries should train staff periodically on the use of the different social media in carrying out library services as this will also enhance librarians use social media for the purposes of scientific communication among professional colleagues.