International Journal of Information Management Sciences 2019-12-31T05:07:28+00:00 Dr. Muhammad Tariq Open Journal Systems <p><strong>International Journal of Information Management Sciences</strong> is an annual research journal being published by <strong>Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO</strong>) since 2017. This is the first research journal of Pakistan which is being published by professional association of librarians. It is published both in print and online version as an “open access policy”. IJIMS welcomes contributions from all around the world and has a wide range of readers.</p> Editor Note 2019-12-31T05:07:17+00:00 Dr. Muhamamd Tariq <p>From the Desk of&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Editor in Chief</strong></span></p> 2019-12-28T15:51:28+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences ASSESSMENT OF ICT COMPETENCIES AND USE OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES BY LECTURERS IN UNIVERSITIES IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA 2019-12-30T05:21:54+00:00 Dr. Sani Murtala Ridwan Tor Shiekuma Felix Dr. M.F. Mohammed <p>The research was conducted to assess ICT competencies of lecturers in Universities of Benue State in related to the utilization of electronic information resources. Two research objectives were formulated to complete the research which were types of electronic information resources available in the universities and the level of ICT competencies possessed by the lecturers for using electronic information resources. Quantitative research method was adopted by using a cross-sectional survey research design. The population of the study consisted of lecturers in the three universities in Benue State; namely, University of Mkar, Mka; Benue State University, Makurdi; and Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, with a total of 1, 537 lecturers. Out of this population, 306 lecturers were drawn as sample for the study. Cluster and simple random sampling were preferred for sample selection. Questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. To establish the validity of the instrument, the questionnaire was presented to experts for face and content validity. Reliability of the instrument was obtained through the pilot study conducted in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. A reliability level of 0.98 was obtained. The data collected from the respondents was sorted, organized, presented and analyzed using descriptive statistics for the research questions while inferential statistics in form of One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was maximized in testing the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance, with the aid of SPSS. The study revealed that electronic journals, online databases, and e-books are the most available electronic information resources, and the level of ICT competencies of lecturers in universities in Benue State is high in basic knowledge and skills like word processing, PowerPoint presentation, and Internet surfing. The study recommends that the management of respective university libraries in Benue State should engage IT experts to develop Digital Institutional Repositories (DIR) for their institutions in order to provide sustainable access to relevant scholarly outputs in addition to the available ones, and government at all levels should show more commitment to the development of ICT competencies of lecturers by making available ICT grants to the universities and lecturers on annual basis.</p> 2019-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS) USAGE OF HEC DIGITAL RESOURCES BY THE TEACHING FACULTY AT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE 2019-12-30T05:29:33+00:00 Khurram Shahzad Muhammad Naeem Amber Mehboob <p>The basic goal of this study was to know the usage of online information resources by the teachers of GC University Lahore. An effort was also made to reveal problems being experienced by the faculty members while using databases. Research was completed in different phases. Firstly, review of related literature was done with the help of international and national literature. Secondly, a questionnaire was formulated to gather data from the target population. Thirdly, analysis of the gathered data was made. Findings of the study reveal that majority of the participants was aware of the basics of HEC Online Databases. Most of the faculty members take keen interest in accessing e-journals through HEC Online Databases. Non-availability of Off-campus access of HEC Online Databases is a great barrier for the faculty member in the accomplishment of their research based assignments. Results of the study are very useful to increase the usage of HEC Digital resources by the faculty members of GC University Lahore.</p> 2019-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS) IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA USE ON UTILIZATION OF LIBRARY RESOURCES: A STUDY OF POST-GRADUATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN CROSS RIVER STATE OF NIGERIA 2019-12-30T05:34:43+00:00 Felicia Nkatv Undie Dr. Godwin B. Afebende <p>Research Goals: This research investigates social media platforms' impact on “utilization of library resources by postgraduate students in Universities of Cross River State, Nigeria”. This study recognizes how social media has influenced our life daily, the people using social media are increasing day by day. Currently, social media tools have become important communication and learning tools to attract everyone with its unique features of information update. The social media users can share their ideas, images, documents, and videos with others through social media platforms like WhatsApp, Blogs, and YouTube. One major challenge of libraries has been the accessibility and “utilization of library resources, low utilization of library resources mostly by postgraduate students has necessitated this research work to find out the influence of WhatsApp, Blogs, and YouTube on the utilization of library resources among postgraduate students if deployed in libraries. To achieve this, one hypothesis was formulated. The study made use of postgraduate students of Universities in Cross River State, Nigeria.<br>Methods: The research design for this work was survey research. The population was 565 post graduate students. Accidental and purposive sampling techniques were used to select the sample. The instrument for data collection was a structured and validated questionnaire titled social media platforms impact on the utilization of library resources (SMPIULRQ). Cronbach Alpha reliability method was used to estimate its reliability. The data were analyzed using Multiple Regression statistics. The hypothesis was tested at .05 level of significance.<br>Results /Findings: The findings reveal that there is a significant positive influence of WhatsApp”, Blogs, and YouTube on the utilization of library resources.<br>Conclusion/ Implications: Librarians should create an adequate technology environment in the library that will promote and encourage the use of social media tools or platforms to increase student's utilization of library resources. This will help them develop ICT skills in the ever-changing world of technology. It was also recommended that postgraduate students should make an individual effort to train themselves on the use of social media platforms for academic as this will help them learn more effectively.</p> 2019-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS) KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND LIBRARY DIGITALIZATION IN THE 21st CENTURY: DOCUMENTAL OVERVIEW 2019-12-30T05:41:45+00:00 Dr. M. Senapathy Dr. M. Pandikumar Dr. Mary Thuo <p>The purpose of this study was to review literature related to knowledge management and library digitization. The study used exploratory research designs. Specifically, the study reviewed literature related to the development of knowledge management in connection with library digitization, the dynamic role played by the librarians in utilizing knowledge management in library digitization and the benefits and limitations of library digitization. Digitization of libraries has been witnessed globally due to the impact of technological growth and the demand of users that keep changing due to their needs and interests. Today’s modern libraries depend mostly on electronic resources that are highly diversified in terms of products and services that they offer. The concept of knowledge management has been adapted in modern libraries worldwide because of the need to manage library resources in digital forms that need special scientific attention. Knowledge management has increasingly become vital for the libraries to address the increased demand of the users. Technological changes have altered the way people read and how they use information by revolutionizing the concept of libraries. Unlike the conventional library system, digital library usage has intensified with the help of information communication and technology through the use of computers and web technologies to address the needs of the users. The modern digital libraries serve as knowledge dissemination centers allowing easy access to resources and information that would not be easy to find in physical form. Modern digital libraries are acting as a platform where knowledge management is leveraging the intellectual assets and as well as facilitating knowledge creation. But, their success sorely depends on the ability to acquire, create, store, share and utilize that kind of knowledge. The success further depends on the digital librarian’s ability to search for information, select, acquire, organize, preserve and disseminate such useful information to the right user at the right time. Knowledge management is a process that is applied in the collection of information and it governs the creation, dissemination, and utilization of the documented knowledge to the end-users by utilizing digital knowledge. Knowledge management has given modern libraries a new role by becoming a leading player in managing knowledge. Acquisitions of knowledge management tools are however vital for effective library management activities. Digital libraries have thus implemented the use of computers, databases and library software so as to facilitate improved library activities. The utilization of these systematized electronic tools enhances the effectiveness and performance of librarians to serve the information users in the digital environment of the modern library setup. Key benefits have been documented regarding digital libraries like; Round the clock availability, accessibility by multiple users and quick information retrieval by users who are remotely located. However, digital libraries have some key bottlenecks that continue to bother librarians. Such may include, the effect of changing technology which requires constant technology updates, security issues related to unauthorized access and virus attack, copyright, and data migration issues and lack of skilled manpower on the part of librarians.</p> 2019-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS) ETHICAL ISSUES IN INFORMATION USE AND THE EXPLOITATION OF LIBRARY RESOURCES BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH-SOUTH ZONE, NIGERIA 2019-12-30T05:53:14+00:00 Dr. Godwin B. Afebende Dr. Godwin Mathew Nna-Etuk <p>Libraries acquire and stock all forms of intellectual property documents and materials (print and non-print) required for study, learning and research. They offer information literacy programmes and studies not only to provide access to the resources in their collections but it is also necessary that through these programmes users are expected to be equipped with relevant skills to ethically use the resources in a proper manner in order to promote scholarship and academic discipline. This study investigated the influence of knowledge of ethical issues on the exploitation of library resources by undergraduate students in federal universities in South-south zone, Nigeria. The objective of the study was to investigate the extent of awareness of ethical issues in information use and the exploitation of library resources as a requirement for academic integrity by undergraduate students in federal universities in South-south zone, Nigeria. The research design adopted for this study was ex-post facto design. This was so considered because the researcher had no direct control of the independent variable since their manifestation had already occurred and could not be inherently manipulated. The population comprised 952 registered library users randomly sampled from three selected universities, namely University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and University of Calabar, Cross River State all in Nigeria. A questionnaire was used to collect data. Data collected was analysed by using mean, standard deviation and simple linear regression analysis. Also, the hypothesis was tested at 0.05 level of significance. The instrument was validated using Cronbach Alpha reliability test. The reliability estimate obtained in the variable was .70 showing that the instrument was significantly reliable enough to be used. 10% of the registered users from each of the institutions selected were made up of 346 in University of Uyo, 304 in University of Port Harcourt and 302 in University of Calabar respectively. The study produced a regression co-efficient of R = .573 which indicate that there was a strong positive influence of knowledge of ethical issues in using library resources. The implications of this study are that students learning and information handling experiences or skills can be improved through the teaching of relevant and appropriate information literacy programs or studies. Since information literacy skills have significant influence on appropriate use of library materials and resources in an ethical manner, students should be adequately instructed in information literacy studies. From the study, it was inferred that undergraduates’ knowledge of ethical issues was relatively low in the study areas. It was recommended that more adequate attention should be given to guiding, instructing and teaching of information literacy skills with particular focus on ethical issues in information use to avoid the implications of doing otherwise especially in academic environments. It was also recommended that university management should be more committed to put in place appropriate policy measures and strategies that ensure the provision of adequate staff and infrastructure to implement the teaching of information literacy programs in the institutions. It is important that a culture of appropriate use of information resources should be inculcated early in students’ learning process.</p> 2019-12-31T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS)