Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Summer 2-28-2019


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the information and communication technology (ICT) skills as determinants of utilization of Institutional Repositories (IRs) by lecturers in Covenant University (CU) and the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Nigeria. The research method employed stratified random sampling and the sample size was 94 lecturers from the Covenant University and 285 lecturers from University of Ilorin. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. The results from the paper revealed that there is higher utilization of institutional repository provisions among lecturers in CU and this is because many of them possess ICT skills. However, there is low utilization of IR resources in UNILORIN because ICT skills among their lecturers are low. The study concludes that lecturers in universities should acquire adequate ICT skills because ICT skills can facilitate the utilization of IR provisions. The paper will encourage Academic Libraries to step up their efforts in sensitizing and enlightening university lecturers on the need to acquire ICT skills. Academic Libraries, in addition to the other services they provide, will organize regular training for lecturers through seminars, workshops, conferences, refresher courses on ICT skills’ acquisition