Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Librarians’ Digital Literacy Skills and Services Delivery in Academic Libraries in Taraba State, Nigeria: A Correlation
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The study correlated the digital literacy skills of librarians in academic libraries in Taraba State, Nigeria and their services delivery. The correlational design was adopted in studying 112 librarians drawn from 11 academic libraries in Taraba State. A researcher-made questionnaire was used for data collection. 112 copies of the questionnaire were administered but 109 were retrieved. Data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The single null hypothesis was tested at 0.05 level of significance using the linear regression. Consequently, the strength of relationship between variables was decided using the Creswell correlational ranking and results presented in frequency tables. Findings of the study shows that digital literacy skills possessed by the librarians was low as they were only skilful in using the Internet to search and communicate information, conduct website evaluation and use Boolean logic, among other skills. However, numerous services were provided. Furthermore, result showed a correlational value of 0.17 and hypothesis yielded a p-value of 0.08. This shows that there is a positive very low and insignificant relationship between digital literacy of librarians and services delivery in academic libraries in Taraba State, Nigeria. Based on the result of insignificant relationship between the digital literacy skills of librarians and services delivery, the study recommends that library authorities should intensify efforts in creating the understanding of digital literacy skills, their essence and application to enable the librarians to acquire more of the skills as well as apply them in the discharge of their duties, among other things.