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Attitudes of Lecturers in South-South Federal Universities in Nigeria toward the Establishment of Institutional Repositories

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Library and Information Science, Delta State University, PMB1, Abraka, Delta State, NIGERIA

Res. J. Library Sci., Volume 3, Issue (4), Pages 1-7, May,21 (2015)

Abstract

The publishing paradigms are shifting. Researchers and research funding institutions are increasingly challenging the traditional publishing models by making their research findings available for free on the Internet through open access institutional repositories. This new publishing model enhances research exposure, increases the institution's prestige and, in the long term, may alleviate the financial burden incurred through costly subscriptions. However, attitudes towards open access and institutional repositories still vary widely. This study reports the findings of a survey of attitudes of lecturers in south-South federal universities in Nigeria toward the establishment of institutional repositories (IRs). The study adopted a quantitative survey methodology approach with a questionnaire as its main data collection instrument. Descriptive as well as inferential statistics were mainly used to derive the findings. The study revealed that lecturers in South-South federal universities in Nigeria endorse the principle of IRs. However, there is significant difference in the attitudes towards the establishment of IRs among lecturers from different faculties. Also, there is no significant difference in the attitude towards the establishment of IRs among lecturers of different academic status. The study concludes that universities in South-South federal universities should endeavour to establish IRs since the lecturers have positive attitudes towards the establishment.

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