Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
AWARENESS AND APPLICATION OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AMONG LIBRARIANS FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-SOUTH, NIGERIA
The study examined the level of Awareness and application of blockchain technology among librarians for effective service delivery in University Libraries in South-South, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. 643 Librarians in 10 federal and state-owned universities in South-South Nigeria made up the population of the study. 495 librarians were sampled using multistage sampling technique. Online questionnaire was used for data collection, which was shared via the state WhatsApp group. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The findings showed that, majority of librarians studied have low level of awareness of blockchain technology. The extent of application of blockchain technology for library service delivery was very low. The major challenges affecting the awareness and application of blockchain technology for library service delivery are inadequate awareness of the technology and how it can be applied in the library, inadequate technological infrastructures in the university libraries, inadequate knowledge of blockchain technology as well as erratic internet connectivity in the university libraries. The study recommended that, awareness of blockchain technology should be created among librarians through in-house training or sponsorship to national or international conferences and workshops. The university library management should acquire adequate technological infrastructures into the university libraries, most especially stable internet connectivity should be provided around the university library among others.