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Title:Online social networks as correlate of job performance and career success among librarians in Nigerian university libraries
Authors:Onuoha, Uloma DorisISNI
Opeke, Rosaline Oluremi
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:university libraries
information professionals
social media
performance appraisal
occupational mobility
Abstract:The authors of this article examined the use of online social networks (OSN) and its relationship to job performance and career succes of librarians in university libraries in Nigeria. They focused in particular on four general OSN - Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn - and four professional OSN - Nigerian Library Association (NLA) online forum, American Library Association Online Discussion Forum (ALA Connect), Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) online forum, and Library Networking Group (LNG). Data were collected through a questionnaire sent to 317 librarians in 29 Nigerian universities. Only Facebook and NLA online forum were found to have a significant relationship with job performance. On the other hand, there was a negative relationship between job performance and use of MySpace and Twitter. There was only a weak relationship between career success and OSN and this was mostly due to Facebook and NLA online form. The findings corroborate the assertion of J. Creese, J. Cribb and J. Spicer (2008) that establishing a Facebook presence would provide opportunities for librarians to further their knowledge and provide them with a way to assist their career progression. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]