Academic Librarians’ Readiness towards Resource Sharing Activities among the Federal Polytechnic Libraries in Northern States in Nigeria


Authors : Dr. Ibrahim Idi Ahmad

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8434794

Abstract : This paper assessed the Academic Librarians Readiness towards Resource Sharing activities among the Federal Polytechnic Libraries in Northern States in Nigeria Three (3) objectives and research questions were formulated. Literatures were reviewed on concept of resource sharing activities in Libraries, types of resource sharing activities in libraries, readiness of librarians towards resources sharing activities and challenges associated with resources sharing activities in libraries. Cross sectional survey design was used to collect data from the respondents. A sample of 107 respondents were selected from the population consisted of all Academic Librarians in Federal Polytechnics in Northern Nigeria. The findings indicated that the academic librarians under study generally participate in inter-library loaning, exchange of personnel, and sharing bibliographical data to share resources. However, they do not engage in maintenance of union catalogue, cooperative reference resource sharing, cooperative acquisition and the academic librarians under study believed that their libraries have the necessary resources and infrastructure to provide high-quality resources and deal with challenges that may arise during resource sharing. It was concluded that that the academic librarians have certain level of reediness and the findings suggest that while there is some level of participation in resource sharing among academic librarians in federal polytechnic libraries in northern Nigeria, there are also need to increase their willingness for the activities. Among others, it was recommended that academic librarians explore and adopt other types of resource sharing activities, such as cooperative acquisition building and technology sharing. This could help to improve access to resources and services, reduce duplication of efforts and costs, and foster collaboration among polytechnic libraries in the region.

This paper assessed the Academic Librarians Readiness towards Resource Sharing activities among the Federal Polytechnic Libraries in Northern States in Nigeria Three (3) objectives and research questions were formulated. Literatures were reviewed on concept of resource sharing activities in Libraries, types of resource sharing activities in libraries, readiness of librarians towards resources sharing activities and challenges associated with resources sharing activities in libraries. Cross sectional survey design was used to collect data from the respondents. A sample of 107 respondents were selected from the population consisted of all Academic Librarians in Federal Polytechnics in Northern Nigeria. The findings indicated that the academic librarians under study generally participate in inter-library loaning, exchange of personnel, and sharing bibliographical data to share resources. However, they do not engage in maintenance of union catalogue, cooperative reference resource sharing, cooperative acquisition and the academic librarians under study believed that their libraries have the necessary resources and infrastructure to provide high-quality resources and deal with challenges that may arise during resource sharing. It was concluded that that the academic librarians have certain level of reediness and the findings suggest that while there is some level of participation in resource sharing among academic librarians in federal polytechnic libraries in northern Nigeria, there are also need to increase their willingness for the activities. Among others, it was recommended that academic librarians explore and adopt other types of resource sharing activities, such as cooperative acquisition building and technology sharing. This could help to improve access to resources and services, reduce duplication of efforts and costs, and foster collaboration among polytechnic libraries in the region.

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