African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science

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Vol. 30, No. 1, April

Scientific Research in West Africa and the Impact of International Collaboration: An Analysis in Scopus Database, 1997-2017
Introduction Scientific research in West Africa has been transforming over the last decades. One of the major indicators of scientific research is the research output, which contributes to the existing body of knowledge. Research outputs are the avenue...
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Perceptions and Use of the Virtual Library by Undergraduates at the International University of Management, Namibia
Introduction The role of the library in an academic institution is to be an integral and active part of the educational process in supporting teaching, learning and research by providing timely access to quality, authentic and relevant information resources...
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A Bibliometric Analysis of Nigeria's Research Performance, 1901-2016
Introduction Research is key to development and productivity of any nation. In this twenty-first century, developed countries periodically assess their research performance and productivity for sustainable national growth and development of innovation...
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Design and Evaluation of Intelligent Commodity Market Information Monitoring System for Rural Farmers and Traders in Ethiopia
Introduction In Ethiopia, most of the citizens depend on agriculture and its products. Small-scale farmers in rural Ethiopia (GebreSelassie and Bekele, 2012) practise agriculture, which dominates the country's economy. The rural farmers produce market...
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Big Data Research Outputs in the Library and Information Science: South African's Contribution Using Bibliometric Study of Knowledge Production
Introduction The proliferation of information technology (IT) has created another challenge of information explosion known as big data. The availability of the Internet and mobile technology infrastructure is set to change how future library services...
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Organisational Culture, Interpersonal Trust and Incentives as Predictors of Knowledge Sharing by Healthcare Providers in Gombe State, Nigeria
Introduction The secondary healthcare institution is the second level of healthcare delivery in Nigeria. This institution has healthcare providers working at the specialist hospitals, general hospitals and cottage hospitals in Nigeria. The secondary...
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Vol. 29, No. 1, April

Mapping Supervision Trends in Doctoral Research in Library and Information Science in Nigeria and South Africa: Implications for Collective Learning
Introduction Research supervisors play a crucial role in the support of research higher degree students. Aina (2017), Hodza (2011), Mouton (2011) and Oredein (2008) identify the supervisor as the single most important factor that influences the...
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Skills and Competencies for Authenticating Digital Records to Support Audit Process in Botswana Public Sector
Introduction The adoption of ICTs in the delivery of public services in Botswana has been embraced by the political leadership and supported through the formulation and implementation of policies such as the National ICT Policy and the e-Government...
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Library Services for Students with Visual Impairment in Selected Universities in Nigeria
Introduction The provision of library service for visually impaired students in tertiary institutions has been a pertinent issue in the field of special education, as well as library and information science. Library services can best be described...
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Citizens' Acceptance of E-Government Service: Examining E-Tax Filing and Payment System (ETFPS) in Tanzania
Introduction Electronic government (E-government) implies the use of information communication technology, such as wide area network, mobile computing, and the Internet to transform government functionalities and access to services by citizens (Nengomasha...
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Vol. 28, No. 2, October

Information and Communication Technology Tools for Managing Indigenous Knowledge in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
Introduction The present-day society relies on information and communication technology (ICT) tools to manage intangible and tangible knowledge. ICT has the capacity to support knowledge management through its multiple technologies which combine microelectronics,...
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Towards a Uniform Terminology for Indigenous Knowledge Concepts: Informetrics Perspectives
Introduction According to Sandstrom (2009), the essence of research and the main reason why researchers conduct research is to produce 'new knowledge'. Once the research has been conducted, the empirical results are often published as journal articles,...
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Electronic Library Support Services and Resources for Law Students in South East Nigerian University Libraries
Introduction The primary mission of any university library is to support teaching, learning, research, and community service through dissemination of information. Over the years, there has been an exponential increase in global publications and the library...
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An Assessment of Mzuzu University Library after a Fire Disaster
Introduction Libraries are prone to a wide range of calamities that have potential to put the operations of their parent organisations to standstill. Defined as "any incident which threatens human safety and/or damages, or threatens to damage a library's...
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The Linguistic-Cultural Impact of the Institutional Repository of North-West University, South Africa
Introduction Among the biggest challenges that confronted academic libraries at the beginning of the 21st century were the rising costs of journals, and the decreasing budgets. Running parallel to those challenges were unlimited opportunities associated...
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An Analysis of Master Dissertations: A Case Study of Central University of Technology (CUT), South Africa
Introduction "Information is not knowledge (Brainy Quote, 2018)." These words, by Albert Einstein, suggest that information cannot be considered as knowledge, as it only informs people of someone or something. However, "to know" means to dig deeper into...
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Vol. 22, No. 1, April

A Competency Index for Research Librarians in Kenya
Introduction Although the basic professional tenets of librarianship remain the same, the methods, tools, scope and environment of information delivery continue to change dramatically (Special Libraries Association, 2003). Myburgh (2003) describes...
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Giving Them What They Want and Assessing Impact: Case Studies of Public Library Services in the Western Cape, South Africa
Introduction South African public libraries suffered a period of decline after independence in 1994, because of declining government funding and a lack of appreciation by politicians of the importance of the sector (Public Libraries in Africa, 2000)....
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Knowledge and Use of Web 2.0 by Librarians in Anambra State, Nigeria
Introduction The world is in an age of rapid change propelled by developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). While the traditional medium of information dissemination and access was predominantly print-based, the modern medium...
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System-Related Factors That Predict Students' Satisfaction with the Blackboard Learning System at the University of Botswana
Introduction Information Communication Technology (ICT) is now a central construct that enables and/or supports the process of e-learning and has made remarkable progress in the last two or three decades (Rao, 2006). Course management systems are...
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Awareness and Incidence of Plagiarism among Undergraduates in a Nigerian Private University
Introduction Among the legacies that quality education bequeaths on its recipients is the capacity to think critically and analytically as well as generate novel ideas. The purpose of university education is to produce creative and original thinkers...
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Indigenous Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer among Members of the Nupe Royal Music Band in Nigeria
Introduction Nigeria is a multi-ethnic country with diverse indigenous cultures, including more than 250 languages and dialects. The country is politically divided into thirty-six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Nineteen of the states...
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Use of Library Statistics to Support Library and Advisory Services at the National Library of Nigeria
Introduction Statistical information plays an important role in any field of human endeavour. This is one reason why the United Nations and its several agencies such as the UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme collate and publish...
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Vol. 21, No. 1, April

Editorial
Scientific and scholarly research entails the acquisition and analysis of existing ideas in order to create new ideas and improved practices. Researchers and policy makers in developing countries need easy and affordable access to global stocks of...
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An Overview of Issues, Challenges and Opportunities of Scholarly Publishing in Information Studies in Africa
Introduction Publishing options and publications have increased significantly with the evolution of information technologies and communication networks, increased literacy, and the commercialisation of these important educational activities and...
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Acceptance and Usage of Open Access Scholarly Communication by Postgraduate Students at the Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Introduction Scholarly communication involves creating new knowledge, filtering quality knowledge through the peer review process and disseminating that knowledge to intended audiences ( Mann et al, 2008; Whitworth and Friedman, 2009). Open access...
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Knowledge Transfer through Internship: The EASLIS Experience in Strengthening the Governance Decentralisation Programme in Uganda
Introduction The Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda has attempted over many years to shift from the traditional instruction-dominated paradigm toward paradigms that enable its students to acquire both traditional and generalist, as well as practical...
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Modelling the Relationships between Knowledge Sharing, Organisational Citizenship, Job Satisfaction and Organisational Commitment among School Teachers in Botswana
Introduction The fundamental question in the field of strategic management is how organisations achieve and sustain competitive advantage (Teece, Pisano and Shuen, 1997). Over the years, strategy researchers have developed a number of frameworks...
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Use of Scientific Information Sources by Policy Makers in the Science and Technology Sector of Nigeria
Introduction Making information sources readily available and accessible to policy makers in public institutions could significantly increase the effectiveness of public policies, such policies being vital elements in development efforts. Well thought...
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Perceptions by Undergraduate Students of the Environmental Conditions and Resources Availability in Selected University Libraries in Nigeria
Introduction The main objectives of universities are to promote learning by students and improve human knowledge through research. A university library is the focal point of academic and research activities in the university. The objectives of a...
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Vol. 20, No. 2, October

Patterns of Information Products Advertising in Newspaper Media in Nigeria
Introduction Successful organisations in both competitive and non-competitive markets have found out that a critical success factor in their operations is effective internal and external dissemination of information about their existence and status,...
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Coverage of Library Issues in Ghanaian Newspapers, 2001-2006
Introduction Newspapers, like any other news communication media, aim to inform, educate and entertain. They are usually inexpensive, easily accessible, have diverse social uses, and can be read and reread. They often circulate widely, thereby having...
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Library Automation in Nigeria: The Bowen University Experience
Introduction The application of ICT to almost all spheres of life is no longer a new phenomenon. Shiloba (2005) stated that for libraries and librarians to cope with the information demands by the users they need to have the knowledge, skills and...
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Abuse of Library Materials in Academic Libraries: A Study of the University of Cape Coast Main Library
Introduction The threat to intellectual property through theft, mutilation and other forms of abuse has posed tremendous challenge to the library profession worldwide. According to Jackson (1991) incidents of theft, non-return of materials and mutilation...
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Literacy Growth and Book Development in Africa: Is There Any Relationship?
Introduction Literacy is fundamental to national development, and this explains why nations buy into global literacy development agendas so as to eliminate illiteracy which often affect, social development. African nations are fully aware that the...
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Electronic Government Initiatives in the Public Service of Namibia
Introduction There are many definitions of e-government, but all reflect the same thing; that is, it is about government employing information and communication technologies (ICT) to democratise access to information and enhance service delivery...
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Preservation and Management of Audiovisual Archives in Botswana
Introduction All over the world, nations are increasingly becoming aware of the role played by audiovisual materials. The value of audiovisual materials was perhaps clearly stated by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions...
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Vol. 20, No. 1, April

Information Behaviours of Non-Users of Libraries in Botswana
Introduction The Government of Botswana has envisioned an educated and informed nation by 2016 (Government of Botswana, 1997). To meet the needs of this vision, the public library system provides a nation-wide library and information services' network...
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Reading and Internet Use Activities of Undergraduate Students of the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Introduction Reading is an attempt to absorb the thought of an author and know what the author is conveying (Leedy 1956, as cited by Unoh, 1968). It is principally through reading that people obtain knowledge. People who can neither read nor write...
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Internet Utilisation and Abuses in Selected Cybercafes in Ogun State, Nigeria
Introduction Technology has changed our world and continues to alter the way we do things, bringing with it not only tremendous benefits, but also tough challenges. The Internet is a major aspect of today's technology with its ever growing worldwide...
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Confidentiality and Protection of Official Records in the Freedom of Information Era: Nigeria's Situation
Introduction Records and information are interdependent concepts. The term 'information' has been defined as "knowledge that is communicated" (International Records Management Trust [IRMT], 1999). On the other hand, an often cited definition of...
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Research Output of Academics in the Science and Engineering Faculties of Federal Universities in Southern Nigeria
Introduction Scientific and technological discoveries have become an index for measuring the social, political and economic well-being of a nation (Teferra, 2004). Sabo (as cited in Chiemeke et al., 2009) had observed that knowledge accumulation...
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Use of Information and Communication Technologies by Women Hawkers and Vendors in South Africa
Introduction Many countries, both developed and developing, are investing in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for improving their life styles and business practices. The South African government has placed a strong emphasis on ICT...
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Toward Improving Library and Information Services Delivery in Nigeria through Total Quality Management
Introduction Libraries are essentially non-profit social service institutions. However, among the different social service institutions in Nigeria, libraries appear to be the least understood by the people for whom they are established and, perhaps,...
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Editorial
Research studies on libraries in Africa often focus on users of libraries or library services targeted to such users. A library user may be defined as a person who makes use of any of the services provided by a library in any of various settings, including...
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Vol. 19, No. 2, October

Access to and Use of Export Market Information by Non-Traditional Commodity Exporters in Ghana
Introduction Exports can be divided into two main groups, namely: traditional and non-traditional exports. Ghana's traditional exports are predominately raw materials or primary commodities and comprise commodities--cocoa, timber, gold and electricity....
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Information Literacy in Higher Education: Overview of Initiatives at Two Ghanaian Universities
Introduction The explosion of information and information sources has informed modern societies of the growing importance of special skills in accessing and using information from different sources and media efficiently and effectively. Such skills...
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Retrospective Conversion of Arabic Collections at a Nigerian University Library
Introduction The increasing use of information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate daily routine has transformed the traditional functions of academic libraries from manually processing library collections to electronic methods of performing...
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A Survey of Knowledge Management in Law Firms in Botswana
Introduction Knowledge intensive organisations such as law firms have always intuitively appreciated the value of knowledge management because their competitive advantage lies in the expertise and knowledge of the lawyers and their firms. Buckler...
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Accessibility and Use of Family Planning Information (FPI) by Rural People in Kilombero District, Tanzania
Introduction Rapid population growth is of major concern worldwide. Every twelve or thirteen years, another billion people are added to the world's population, majority of them from developing countries (Brown et al., 1999). Although fertility levels...
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Participatory Gender-Oriented Study of the Information Needs of the Youth in a Rural Community in South-Eastern Nigeria
Introduction This study documents a participatory gender-sensitive assessment of the information needs of the youth in Uzoagba, a rural community in old Owerri senatorial zone in South-eastern Nigeria. The assessment was part of a larger study which...
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A Citation Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Library and Information Science Journals Using Google Scholar
Introduction Journals play a vital role in the measurement of research output and/or impact because they are the most commonly used avenue for disseminating research findings. Significantly, journals provide information that is crucial for conducting...
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Vol. 19, No. 1, April

Author Collaboration and Productivity at the University of Zambia, 2002-2007
Introduction The University of Zambia (UNZA), established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament, is the largest public university in Zambia. It has nine schools, namely: Agriculture, Education, Mines, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Social...
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Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Nurses at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
Introduction The assessment of the information needs and seeking behaviour of various professionals, such as nurses, is essential for assisting them to access and use information resources required for optimal work performance (Oyewo, 2006). Nurses...
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Information Needs and Information-Seeking Behaviour of Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Their Caregivers in Okahandja, Namibia
Introduction Despite promising advances in addressing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in terms of treatment and prevention programmes, the number of people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and dying as a result of AIDS...
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Noise Sources and Levels at the University of Calabar Library, Calabar, Nigeria
Introduction Environmental noise is any unwanted sound that constitutes a menace to the environment. It is sound at the wrong time and in the wrong place. Environmental noise is as a result of human attitude, and is increasing with industrialization...
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Use of Library Information Resources and Services as Predictor of the Teaching Effectiveness of Social Scientists in Nigerian Universities
Introduction Roberson (2005) defined a library as an institution that manages the intellectual products of society and processes them in such a manner that the individual can gain access to them readily. University libraries provide resources for...
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Use of Internet Services in Ghanaian University Libraries
Introduction University libraries in Ghana, like in most other African countries, usually face challenges in gaining adequate access to global scientific and research literature. This affects the libraries' ability to provide current and scientific...
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Students' Use of Electronic Information Sources at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Introduction Advances in information technology, particularly the Internet, have enhanced the potential for widespread online search and retrieval of electronic content by students and other researchers. The development and availability of Internet...
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IAALD Africa Chapter Holds Second Conference
The International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists announces and invites papers for the Second IAALD Africa Chapter Conference 13 - 17 July 2009, Accra, Ghana. The theme of the conference is Towards Opening Access to Information...
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Editorial
Among the defining characteristics of the information age are the processes of globalization, and the emergence of new forms of technological, social and research networks, which serve not only to bridge gaps among peoples, societies and regions, but...
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Vol. 18, No. 2, October

Individual Characteristics as Correlates of Attitudes to Information Technology among Nigerian University Lecturers
Introduction For developing countries, Information Technology (IT) affords university academics and researchers a unique opportunity to bridge the knowledge gap between them and their counterparts in developed nations. In fact, IT is seen as...
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Editorial
African societies, organisations, and countries are currently, compared to almost all other regions of the world, least connected to Internet and Web resources. There is a clear urgent need for African organisations and countries to improve their...
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Theoretical Framework and Literature Review in Graduate Records Management Research
Introduction Most universities, colleges and schools offering graduate education and training in records and archives management require that students write a master's or doctoral thesis/dissertation. For example, the newly established Master...
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Information Literacy Delivery in Tanzanian Universities: An Examination of Its Effectiveness
Introduction Since the 19th century, librarians have been engaged in teaching people how to use the library and its resources using, various rubrics such as library orientation, bibliographic instruction, information research skills, user education,...
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Evolving Paradigms in the Networked World and Their Implications for Information Management in African Libraries
Introduction The 'paradigm' concept originated with Thomas Kuhn in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, where it is described as a set of beliefs, theories or world view that is unquestionably accepted and has become established...
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Development of a Web-Based Virtual Classroom System at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Introduction We now live in a fast changing world where improvement over existing operations appears to be the driving force for better life. This is largely due to the information revolution through which the computer and communication technologies...
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Opportunities and Challenges for Nigerian Libraries in National Environmental Protection Initiatives
Introduction "Environmental management is a complex system of concepts, values, processes, rules, and formal and informal organizations and behaviours that translate public preferences and goals into actions in order to influence environmental...
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Information Technology and Web Use Characteristics of Nigerian Private Universities
Introduction Africa's information use crises could be said to be in three eras, two of which predate the web presence measurement era. The first phase covered the colonial period and some years after colonial rule, when administrative data required...
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Computer Anxiety as Predictor of Librarians' Perceived Ease of Use of Automated Library Systems in Nigerian University Libraries
Introduction In this age of globalization, the importance of information technologies cannot be over-emphasized. The university library occupies a significant position in every university. This is so because a good university library is one that...
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Vol. 18, No. 1, April

Open Access Initiative and the Developing World
Abstract In a world of inequality, the open access initiative seeks to provide people all over the world (irrespective of where they live) with equal access to knowledge and information. This paper examines the concept of open access initiative...
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Library and Information Science Research in Botswana: An Analysis of Trends and Patterns
Abstract This paper analysed library and information science research in Botswana that has been published since 1979, when the library school at the University of Botswana was established. The period considered is from 1980 to 2006, a period of...
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Factors Affecting the Career Choice of Undergraduates in Nigerian Library and Information Science Schools
Abstract It has been observed that not many undergraduates of Nigerian universities apply to study library and information science (LIS) in the first instance but as a last resort. This situation is unwholesome for the future of LIS profession in...
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The Renaming of the Library School in Ghana-Any Lessons for Administrators?
Abstract The study examines the implications of the name change of the Ghana library school from the Department of Library and Archival Studies to the Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana. It also explores the relationship between...
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Providing Information Communication Technology-Based Support to Distance Education Students: A Case Study of the University of Zambia
Abstract Student support is a major factor in distance education. This study was concerned with the use of ICT as a medium for providing student support at the University of Zambia. It was necessary to study the factors that would affect the application...
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An Analysis of Ghana Library Journal: A Bibliometric Study
Abstract This paper presents the results of an analysis of articles published in the Ghana Library Journal over a seven-year period from 2000 to 2006. The majority of the items cited were journals (44.5%), followed by books (32.5%), and reports...
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Disaster Preparedness in Information Centres in Gaborone, Botswana
Abstract This study aimed to determine how information centres in Gaborone, Botswana are prepared for disasters. The information centres studied were the Botswana National Library Services, the Botswana National Archives and Records Services, academic...
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Resource Sharing among Nigerian University Law Libraries: A State of the Art
Abstract This study investigates the state of the art in resource sharing among law libraries in Nigerian universities. The survey research design was adopted for the study. Copies of the questionnaire designed by the researchers were administered...
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Editorial
AJLAIS begins its eighteenth year of regular publication and growing global recognition with a new Editor-in Chief, Dr. Muta Adisa Tiamiyu. Dr. Tiamiyu has been on the editorial board of AJLAIS since 1995, and Associate Editor-in-Chief since 2003....
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