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Winter 1-3-2021


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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of cataloguers’ motivation on their job performances in public university libraries in South East Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted both descriptive and correlational research design. This study was carried out in the South-East zone of Nigeria. It comprises Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. This area was chosen for the study in view of the fact that the region is well acclaimed as having educational advantage in Nigeria. The population of this study is 157, comprises all the catalogue librarians (professionals and paraprofessionals) who are either previously or currently in the cataloguing section, and employed in the 10 public university libraries in the South-East Nigeria. All the librarians were studied. The study employed three instruments to elicit data from the respondents. The questionnaires entitled: “Cataloguers’ Job Performance Questionnaire” (CJPQ) and “Cataloguers’ Motivation Questionnaire (CMQ). The Cataloguers’ Job Performance Questionnaire (CJPQ) was adopted from Williams and Anderson (1991), and Halim and Sefer (2013) Task Performance Scales. A total of 22 items was used to measure the job performance of the respondents. The questions were further subdivided into three factions: Cataloguers’ Effectiveness; Cataloguers’ Efficiency; and Cataloguers’ Leaning and Improvement. The Cataloguers’ Motivation Questionnaire (CMQ) was adapted from Halim and Sefer (2013) motivation scale and modified by the researcher. A total of 18 items was used to measure the motivation of the respondents. Data obtained from the study were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Percentages, mean and bar chart were used to analyze data.

Findings – The findings of the study among others reveals that cataloguers were more “efficient” in their job performance, followed by their “effectiveness” to their job performance, and then their “learning and improvement”. It was agreed that the cataloguers felt well motivated, while the relationship between cataloguers’ motivation and their job performance is moderate and positive.

Originality/ Value – The stereotyped and routine nature of cataloguing and classification tasks call for established staff motivation strategies for cataloguers, if their job performances must be improved on. There might have been resources dealing with how to improve cataloguers’ job performance especially through motivation; but little might have delved into the component elements of efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement. This study will raise important issues that relate to nature of job performances, ascertaining cataloguers’ motivation, and determining the relationship between cataloguers’ motivation and their job performances.