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Abstract

Librarians’ ICT Attitude and Library policy as Correlates for the Utilization of ICT based Library Consortium in University libraries in North Central Nigeria

ABSTRACT

The study investigated librarians’ ICT attitude and the strength and direction of relationship between librarians’ ICT attitude, library policy and the utilization of ICT based library consortium in University Libraries in North Central, Nigeria. The study was guided by three research purposes and research questions with two hypotheses. Related literature reviewed was conducted. The study adopted correlation research design, with a population of 210 respondents drawn from the study area and it is made up of six States with twelve public universities. The research used five point Likert scale Questionnaire, which was validated by three experts, two in Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and one in the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The reliability of the instrument was established through internal consistency method of reliability. The reliability test conducted on 10 librarians at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka showed an overall co-efficient of internal consistency of r=0.96. The study adopted statistical mean and Pearson Product Moment Correlation to analyze the research questions and test the hypothesis and findings of the study showed that there is significant relationship between librarians’ ICT attitude, library policy and the utilization of ICT based Library consortium in the university libraries in North Central, Nigeria. Detail of the findings showed that librarians’ ICT attitude is positive with an overall mean score of X̄=4.27; the relationship between librarians’ attitude and the utilization of library consortium is a strong positive relation (r=0.48); the relationship between library policy and librarians’ attitude towards the utilization of ICT based library consortium is a weak positive relation (r=0.26). The two hypothesis tested were rejected. Based on the findings of the study some recommendation was made.

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