LIBRARIANS’ DIGITAL LITERACY: A PANACEA TO THE GROWTH OF DIGITIZED UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN DELTA STATE

Eniekebi, Ejiro Regina & Ukubeyinje, Sandra Ejiro
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Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 113-124. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

This study investigates the level of digital literacy of librarians, whether it is responsible for the slow growth of digital university libraries in Delta State, Nigeria. This study adopts a descriptive survey method. The questionnaire was used to elicit information from a sample of 225 (two hundred and twenty-five) drawn from a population of 255 university librarians in Delta State. The availability sampling technique was used to arrive at the sample of the study. Frequency counts, means, standard deviation and t-test were used for the data analysis. Findings show that digital literacy of librarians does not hinder the growth of digitized university libraries in the State. However, the librarians could not make use of digital cameras, scanners, digital imaging software amongst others. Lack of digital literacy courses in Library and Information Science curriculum in Nigerian Library Schools, inadequacy of fund, lack of basic computing skills, unavailability of digital library services, and lackadaisical attitude of head librarian towards the training and retraining of library staff are challenges plaguing the digital literacy level of librarians, and as such, could be responsible for the slow growth of digitized university libraries in Delta State. It was recommended that funds should be provided for the training and retraining of librarians on how to use digital library technologies to enhance effective service delivery.