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Challenges of Promoting Innovation and Creativity among Library and Information Science Professionals in Nigeria: The Experience of Selected Libraries in Imo State, Nigeria

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Author Charis O. Onuoha, Emmanuel Uwazie Anyanwu, Oyemike Victor Ossai-onah, Nkechi M. Amaechi
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 25-30
Volume No. 6
Issue No. 1
Issue Date February 1, 2015
Publishing Date February 1, 2015
Keywords Innovation, Creativity, Library, Information Science, Library Professionals, Imo State, Nigeria


Abstract

This paper examined the challenges of promoting innovation and creativity among library and information science professionals in Nigeria using the experience of selected libraries in Imo state. The study used a sample size of seventy (70) respondents. Data were collected by using self-designed and well-structured questionnaires. The data were analyzed quantitatively using frequency counts and percentages. The results of the study revealed that library and information science professionals in Imo state are innovative and creative especially in the area of resources organization, e-resources management, CD-ROM management services and the attitude of librarians towards ICT is positive. The study findings also revealed that the challenges to effective application of innovative and creative skills are centers; librarians with innovative and creative skills should be recognized and motivated by encouraging them and organizing of in-associated with lack of finance to acquire technological facilities, lack of ICT skills, non-attendance to conference / workshop, unconducive work environment and lack of management interest in library services. It is therefore recommended that staff be allowed to attend conference / workshops organized for librarians; modern technologies be installed in library and information house training for staff. The paper concludes that if we must innovate and create avenues for successful change that will culminate in efficient library services delivery; we must embrace the wind of ICTs.
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