Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Digital Libraries and Skill Acquisition Training Among Rural Communities for Poverty Alleviation in Rivers State, Nigeria
This study explores the extent of contribution of digital libraries to poverty alleviation of rural communities through skill acquisition training in Rivers State. The study was guided by one research question and a null hypothesis. The descriptive survey research was adopted. The sample size of 236 was drawn from the population of 2,355 registered learners from 12 registered vocational education centres using the convenience sampling technique. Data collecting instrument was the researchers’ structured questionnaire which was face validated by three experts. A reliability coefficient value of 0.83 was obtained using the Pearsons Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. Data were analysed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research question. The one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. Findings among others showed that digital libraries have highly contributed in the alleviation of poverty among rural communities through skill acquisition training. Based on these findings, recommendations were made.