Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Human Resource Development Practices in Academic Libraries in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria
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This study examined human resource development practices in academic libraries in non-university tertiary institutions in Imo State, Nigeria. Four research questions and four hypotheses guided the study. A descriptive survey design was used for the study. A census study technique was adopted to cover the entire population of one hundred and fifty-two (152) library staff in the four public tertiary institutions in Imo State. A rating scale titled “Human Resource Development Practices Rating Scale (HRDPRS) was used to collect data for the study. A reliability index was established using Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) and it was (r) 0.82. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation statistics to answer the research questions posed, while the null hypotheses were tested using one sample z-test (i.e. z-test of difference between sample and population means) at 0.05 level of significance. The finding of the study showed that the academic libraries provided peer group and informal programmes which are designed for the development of the newly employed and less experienced library staff by the experimental staff. The finding also revealed that the extent of practice of the continuing education programmes for human resource development in academic libraries in tertiary institutions in Imo State, Nigeria is significantly high. Finally, it was revealed that factors such as inadequate funding, management attitude towards human resource development, inadequate ICT facilities among others are the major impediments to human resource development practices in academic libraries in tertiary institutions in Imo State, Nigeria. Finally, the researchers recommended that academic library managements should be provided with funds to enable them to make proper planning and execution of all staff development programmes in the library.