Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

3-2021

Abstract

The study determined digital competencies needed by librarians and information professionals for knowledge management of 21st century university libraries in Borno State. Three research questions guided the study. This study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of the study comprised 59 registered librarians in university libraries in Borno State. The whole population was used for the study because the size is considered manageable by the researcher. The instrument for data collection is questionnaire. The rating scale was titled “Questionnaire on Digital Competencies for Knowledge Management” (QDCKM). The instrument was sub-divided into three clusters. The instrument was face validated by two experts, was trial tested among 10 library professionals in Ahmadu Bello University, which not part of the study but shares similar characteristics with the study area. Cronbach Alpha was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument. An overall co-efficient value of 0.72 was ascertained for the three clusters. In analyzing the data, mean standard deviation to answer the research questions. The finding revealed that information technology competencies, interpersonal competencies and leadership competencies are highly needed by librarians and information professionals for knowledge management of 21st century libraries in Borno State. Based on the findings, it was recommended amongst others that libraries and information Professionals in Borno State should pool their resources together to create an awareness of the concepts of knowledge management in libraries since library and information professionals have been in the business of discovery knowledge, collaborating and sharing knowledge, gathering, filtering and analyzing knowledge.

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