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Title: Library Professionals and Social Network Sites: Use, Relevance and Challenges from University Libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria
Authors: Idiegbeyan-Ose, Jerome
Ifijeh, Goodluck
Segun-Adeniran, Chidi D.
Fagbohun, Michael
Esse, Ugwunwa C.
Keywords: Library professionals
social network sites
university libraries
library users
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: DESIDOC
Citation: Idiegbeyan-Ose, Jerome and Ifijeh, Goodluck and Segun-Adeniran, Chidi D. and Fagbohun, Michael and Esse, Ugwunwa C. (2016) Library Professionals and Social Network Sites: Use, Relevance and Challenges from University Libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria. Journal of Library & Information Technology, 36 (6). pp. 417-423.
Abstract: The use of social network sites among library professionals in university libraries in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria is investigated. The study population consisted of seventy-eight librarians in four universities in the state. Questionnaires (which was the instrument for data collection) were administered to the entire population, out of which 55 (representing 70.5 % response rate) were filled, returned and analysed for the study. The study revealed that library professionals do make use of SNS. The most frequently visited SNS was Linkedln (58.2 %). The respondents also indicated that they visited SNS for the purpose of connecting and collaborating with friends and colleagues, carrying out current awareness and reference services to library users, etc. Majority of the respondents (94.5 %) in the study further revealed that the greatest challenge to the use of social network sites was lack of social media skills. The first hypothesis tested in the study indicated that there was moderate positive significant relationship between device used for internet access and use of social network sites (r=.408**, N= 55, p<.002.). The second hypothesis revealed that there was no significant relationship between gender and use of SNS (r = 0 .157, N=55, p >.05). The study was concluded with recommendations that library professionals should undergo training in social media skills.
URI: 10.14429/djlit.36.6.10406
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