Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

4-2020

Abstract

Purpose: the study investigates attitude of librarians’ towards provision of corporate social responsibility initiatives in state university libraries in south Nigeria. Design/methodology: The descriptive survey research method was adopted with research instruments structured using four-point Likert rating scale and used in generating data for the study. A total of 79 questionnaires were administered to librarians working in six (6) state universities in south-east and south-south Nigeria. A total of sixty-five (65) were retrieved. Descriptive statistics were used with the aid of Statistical Product Services Solution (SPSS) in analyzing the data. Findings: It was revealed that librarians have positive attitude towards the provision of CSR initiatives. Creation of CSR Unit, formulation of formal CSR policy and partnering with NGOs and others were identified as strategies through which CSR initiatives can be institutionalized. Demand for additional knowledge beyond the expertise of library practice is seen as a major challenge. Conclusion: Librarians are aware of the various CSR initiatives that can be provided in the university environment. Implication of findings: Library managers must show commitment towards the design and provision of CSR initiatives and they should be ready to partner with non-governmental organization (NGOs) and other relevant agencies. Originality/value: This paper has opened a new horizon for exploration within the domain of library setting as it relates to relationship with the host communities and parent institutions. This calls for more studies in the areas of corporate social responsibility in librarianship.

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