Information and Communication Technology Training and Job Performances of Library Professionals in Academic Libraries in Rivers State: A case study of Rivers State University and University of Port Harcourt
Humphrey I. Wiche,Eruchi Brown Akpelu,Kelechi Keyna Ray-Ogbonna
Keywords: ICT, Training, Job performances, Library professionals, Academic Libraries
The study examined information and communication technology training and job performances of library professionals in Rivers State University and University of Port Harcourt. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised all library professionals and para-professionals from both universities understudy. Purposive sampling was used to select 51 library staff. A structured questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The Pearson ProductMoment Correlation Coefficient was used to test the hypothesis. The study however found that ICT trainings significantly impact on Job performances of library professionals. The types of ICT training significant are on the use of computer/internet, OPAC, ILMS, emails, smartphones, databases and networking sites. The trainings are mostly received through conferences, workshops and personal training scheme. The study also found that there is non-frequent ICT training scheme as most schemes are held once in every two years in the academic libraries studied, and this is insufficient to guarantee effective job performances and staff productivity at all times. Therefore to keep abreast with the constantly evolving communication technologies, the study recommends a regular capacity building for at least twice a year. Also, library professionals should be encouraged to attend ICT seminars, workshops, conferences within and outside the library, and also engage in personal training scheme to develop themselves more.