Technostress: Effects and Measures Among Librarians in University Libraries in Nigeria

Technostress: Effects and Measures Among Librarians in University Libraries in Nigeria

Owajeme Justice Ofua (Delta State University, Nigeria) and Tiemo Aghwotu Pereware (Niger Delta University Library, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jdls.2011100103
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Abstract

This study examines technostress, its effects, and measures taken to avoid it among librarians at university libraries in Nigeria. The descriptive survey design was adopted and 5 (five) university libraries in Edo and Delta States were used for the study. The sample size for the study was 79, using the purposive sampling technique, a questionnaire was the main instrument used for data collection, and simple percentage and Chi square were used to analyze the data collected. The authors found that technostress could be avoided by librarians, by taking the following measures: purchasing user friendly interface software, regular staff training on ICTs, and developing positive attitude toward technology, and so forth.
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Technostress In Libraries

While technostress is well documented in libraries the world seems unaware of library work as computer related (Clute, 1998). Interestingly, Poole and Emmett (2001) explain that the 1994 job rated almanac ranked librarianship among the 25 least stressful occupations, thereby reinforcing a publicly held image that library work is not a technological field. However, in the process of adapting to the increasingly complex technologies, more users and staff have been experiencing physical and emotional stress (Saunders, 1999).

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