Digital-divide as a Challenge to Libraries and Librarians in Nigerian Universities: A Case Study of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
Abubakar, U. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Digital-Divide is a barrier posing a challenge to libraries and librarians in the Nigerian Universities. It is characterized by inability and lack of essential access to digital information and infrastructure, differences in opportunities and inequality of access to available digital facilities. A sample of 20 professional librarians from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University library, Bauchi was used for this study and the design for the study was a survey. The instrument for data collection was interview, observation and structured questionnaire. Data collected for the studywere analyzed using percentage and frequency count. The result shows that, computers, Internet connectivity and other related ICT facilities were available in the library but not utilized. Meanwhile, only 15% of the professional librarians attended ICT related training in library applications. It was observed that the library is still operating on manual library system and services. Thus, this study recommends among others that workshops and on the job training on the use and application of modern technology in library systems and services should be organized at intervals for the university librarians. Personal computers should be disbursed to Librarians working in the University Libraries at a subsidized rate and be motivated to use them. The university regulatory body should also mandate the universities to utilize the virtual library driver shared to them.