Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

Spring 4-27-2021

Abstract

Employee commitment is considered an important factor in determining the continuing existence of any organization. However, the discourse on whether employee commitment is a derivative of the individual characteristics has remained resolute with limited empirical evidence in the education sector especially with reference to librarianship. This study, therefore, assessed the organizational commitment (affective, continuance, and normative) based on employees’ demographic profiles (age, gender, marital status, and years of experience) in public university libraries in South-South, Nigeria. A cross-sectional survey research design was adopted for this study. Validated and reliable copies of a questionnaire were used to gather data from four hundred library personnel in sixteen public university libraries in South-South, Nigeria. The IBM SPSS version 21 was used to conduct the statistical analysis. The result from the descriptive analysis indicated a high level of library personnel commitment (mean = 3.50), while result from the t-test and one-way ANOVA test indicated that there were no significant differences in the library personnel affective, continuance, and normative commitment based on gender, age, marital status and years of experience. However, there was a significant difference in the affective commitment of library personnel based on their years of experience. This study, therefore, concludes that years of work experience in the organization have an impact on the affective attachment of the library personnel to the organization. It is there recommended among others that management should pay attention to policies geared towards improving employee commitment to the organization.

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