Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

The Relationship between Library Use and Work Performance of Senior Non-Academic Staff in Private Universities in South Western Nigeria

Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

The Relationship between Library Use and Work Performance of Senior Non-Academic Staff in Private Universities in South Western Nigeria

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between library use and work performance of senior non-academic staff in private universities in South Western Nigeria. Observation has shown that non-academic staff does not make regular use of the library as they occupy different positions that require decision making, unlike their counterparts, the academic staff who make regular use of the library for teaching, research, and other purposes. Through statistical analysis, it was found that there was no significant difference in work performance of the respondents by gender, secondly, there was no significant different in use of library of the respondents by universities, also, there was a significance in use of library of the respondents by gender, and there existed a significant relationship between library use and work performance of the respondents. It is therefore recommended that library managers should give user's orientation and organize information literacy programme as well as tailor their information resources and services to the needs of the senior non-academic staff for their improved work performance.

Key words: Library use; Work performance; Senior non-academic staff; Private universities; South Western Nigeria

INTRODUCTION

Every organization is established with the primary aim of fulfilling certain objective(s) or goal(s). For this to be accomplished, both human and material resources are required. The managers of any organization or institution want effective and efficient productivity from the staff of their organization; reason being that it is said that the best thing to happen to any organization big or small is the attainment of set goals and objectives. This, in most cases, is reflected in increase in the level of productivity through work performance. Friedlander (1999) explained that good job performance is that behavior which a particular organization condones and probably rewards. This could be compensation for effectiveness. Performance of a person on a job can be considered as a function of two different variables. One of these refers to the ability or skill of the individual to perform the job and the second refers to his motivation to use this ability or skill in the actual performance of the job (Vroom, 2000). In this regard, performance becomes the product of information accessed and effectively applied on the work activity.

In the world today, information has been recognized as an indispensable instrument, as effective use of information leads to maximum productivity. Ifidon (1999) submitted that the functions of university amount to traditional ones of teaching, research, conservation of knowledge and ideas. These functions are sometimes treated in isolation, but on closer examination it will be found that they are inter-related. Therefore, the modern functions of universities can be better described as preservation, transmission and advancement of knowledge in Oyedum (2008). The university libraries play indispensible roles in the fulfillment of these functions. Libraries encourage teaching, research, conservation of knowledge, and generally information use in all aspects of life, in their parent institution. In other words, apart from the fact that libraries provide needed information sources and services, they at the same time, promote reading culture in the university environment. Besides, knowledge is at the root of all the functions of the libraries. They concentrate on dissemination of knowledge and ideas on a continuous basis to users.

However, it is only when the library and their resources are effectively utilized by the university community that the objectives of the library can be achieved. Effective use of the library is important because lecturers alone cannot satisfy the information needs of the students within the four walls of the university; it is the joint duty of both the academic and the non-academic staff. Hence, the library is regarded as a house of knowledge where the academic environment is expected to visit and effectively make use of information resources and services therein. …

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