Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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The study investigated the development of creative spaces in libraries: a case study of Abia State University Library. This study was guided by three specific objectives and three research questions. The design of the study is a descriptive survey, and the population is comprised of 20 librarians from Abia State University Library. Census sampling technique was used to collect the data. The instrument used to generate data for the study is a questionnaire tagged ‘’Development of Creative Spaces in Libraries Questionnaire (DCSLQ), and the data generated was analyzed using the mean. The findings show that in the development of creative spaces, library personnel need certain skills, and when skills are strategically approached, there can be significant growth in the ability to participate and collaborate. In addition, it was found that the skills needed are leadership skills, interpersonal relationships, technological skills, problem solving skills, and knowledge of intervention skills. Some of the challenges are a lack of willingness among librarians to adopt innovative strategies in libraries and a lack of trained personnel to handle the creative spaces. It was recommended, amongst others, that the infrastructure and facilities for creative spaces should be maintained, hence providing an enabling environment for skill acquisition, interaction, and knowledge development.