The Use of Electronic Library Resources in Nigerian Universities: A Review of the Literature

The Use of Electronic Library Resources in Nigerian Universities: A Review of the Literature

Shaibu Adona Sadiku (Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria), Abdulwahab Olarenwaju Issa (University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria) and Mohammed Kpakiko Mohammed (Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/IJLIS.2019070103

Abstract

A number of studies have focused on the use of e-libraries, drawing numerous conclusions about the use and challenges facing e-libraries. This article therefore presents a review of the literature on the use of e-libraries in universities with a particular interest in Nigerian institutions. The article examines the concepts and the antecedents of electronic libraries. The review shows that a number of approaches have been used to assess the use of e-libraries, and that computer self-efficacy has an impact on the performance while technological innovation, by extension, enhances the satisfactory use of electronic library systems. In addition, the review underscores the fact that there are few studies that pay attention to the satisfactory usage of electronic libraries in Nigerian universities. The article thus concludes by restating the important roles those e-libraries play in information service delivery. Recommendations for further studies on the mode and modalities with which effective training is conducted especially in the area of information search skills are made.
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Antecedents Of The Electronic Library

The concept of the electronic library dates back to the publication of foreseer scientists, Vannevar Bush and J.C.R. Licklider identified and pursued the goal of advanced technologies toward knowledge sharing as a fundamental means for advancement (Candela, Castalli & Pagano, 2011). While Bush in 1945 created a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and was mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility, Licklider in 1965 realized that computers were getting to be powerful enough to support the type of automated library systems that Bush had described. He wrote on how a computer could provide an automated library with concurrent remote use by divergent users through access to a common database. Research and development activity on e-library use started in the early 1990s, with the internet explosion, which had created unique potential for the discovery and delivery of human knowledge. This has unlocked the idea that electronic collections can be made available to diverse users over a common platform. This means that the e-library is crucial for the academic and research progress of stakeholders as well as the teaching, learning and research role of the institutions they represent.

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