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Effect of Accessibility and Utilization of Electronic Information Resources on Productivity of Academic Staff in Selected Nigerian Universities
Science Research
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages: 166-171
Received: Nov. 13, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 28, 2014; Published: Dec. 2, 2014
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Okon E. Ani, Library Department, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Patrick Ngulube, School of Interdisciplinary Research and Postgraduate Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Bosire Onyancha, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
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Abstract
The aim of the paper was to investigate the effect of accessibility and utilization of electronic resources on productivity of academic staff in Nigerian universities. A survey method was used in the study, with a questionnaire as the instrument for data collection. Responses from 324 academic staff out of 586 that were surveyed were used for data analysis. Correlation analysis showed that, there was a positive correlation between accessibility and utilization of electronic resources on productivity of respondents in the survey (r=0.135; p=0.015). This implies that increase in access and use of e-resources will lead to increase in productivity among respondents at the surveyed universities. Similar result was obtained when the hypothesis was tested at international level with r=0.158 and p=0.004. In other words, respondents that access and use e-resources in research frequently publish more articles in international journals than those who do not. It was recommended that, in view of the observed positive impact of e-resources on productivity in the survey; university managements, university librarians, National Universities Commission (NUC) and other stakeholders in Nigerian universities should intensify the process of effective information and communication technology (ICT) diffusion and provision of relevant e-resources in Nigerian universities towards qualitative research. This will also make academic staff in Nigerian universities to be globally competitive for journal space in international journals, and thus bridge the productivity gap between Nigeria and developed countries.
Keywords
Academic Staff, Electronic Resources, Information and Communication Technology, Nigerian Universities, Productivity, Research, Accessibility
To cite this article
Okon E. Ani, Patrick Ngulube, Bosire Onyancha, Effect of Accessibility and Utilization of Electronic Information Resources on Productivity of Academic Staff in Selected Nigerian Universities, Science Research. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 166-171. doi: 10.11648/j.sr.20140206.13
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