University Libraries in the Execution of e-Learning Programmes of Universities in Nigeria.

Chigbu, E.D. (Principal Librarian)
Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, UNN
emmanuel. chigbu@unn. edu. ng

Dim, C.L. (Librarian l)
Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, UNN

The mainpurpose of this paper was to examine the role of University libraries in the execution of e-learning programmes of Universities in Nigeria. Four objectives and four (4) research questions were formulated. Related literature were reviewed for the study. Descriptive research design using survey method was adopted. The  population consisted of 360 Librarians. The instrument was questionnaire. 260 copies of the questionnaire copies distributed was recovered and found useable out of the 350. Data were analyzed using the weighted Mean score of likert scale. Findings showed that the tasks include: providing quick online reference services to users (2.9); providing platforms to allow users access to globalized materials from the library web page (2. 8); making the library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) available in the Internet and Intranet (2. 7): uploading instructional repositories in the library’s website/page for global access (2.6). Library services can enhance e-learning programmes by: providing library users access to online information  services (3.3) and uploading materials relevant to staff and students into the library database (3. 2). These services are critical for providing e-learning. Therefore university libraries have a strong stake in the delivery of universities e-learning programmes. The paper also examined the problems that may hinder libraries full participation in e-learning and offered’ suggestions for ameliorating the problems. The paper concludes that libraries play invaluable roles in e-learning programmes of
universities and need to be supported.

Key Words: E-leaming, Library online services, lCT, Long distance learning.

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