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Title:State of information and communication technology (ICT) in libraries in Rivers State, Nigeria
Authors:Igben, M.J.
Akobo, D.I.
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:information technology
library automation
Abstract:This article assesses the current state of information and communication technology in libraries in Rivers State, Nigeria. It is based on the results of a questionnaire completed in January 2007 by 16 libraries, including academic libraries, a research library, a public library and special libraries. The findings show that there is awareness of ICT in libraries in Rivers State and that libraries are now more conscious of the need for maintenance agreements for ICT. ICT facilities in the libraries were found to be inadequate and the pace of ICT development in the libraries is still very slow. The number of computers in the libraries was low and was moreover highly skewed in favour of the two universities, which between them housed 44 percent of the total of 127 computers. Only 9 libraries had Internet access. Only 6 libraries had some form of automated services. Insufficient funding is regarded as the greatest obstacle to the implementation and utilization of ICT, followed by too few staff with ICT skills. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]