Sule Yakubu


The study investigated on the perception of librarians towards makerspace: a tool for effective library services in colleges of education libraries in north central, Nigeria. To answer the research questions two objectives and research questions guided the research. Quantitative research method was adopted for the study, with a correctional survey research design. The population for this study consists of seven hundred and fifty (750) librarians in Colleges of Education Libraries in North Central Nigeria. A sample size of Two hundred and Fifty-Four (254) using krejcia and morgan was used. Proportionate and random sampling techniques was used to select the respondent. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. The study finds out that Need for adequate training and professional development to manage makerspaces effectively, Recognition of makerspaces as valuable tools for fostering creativity and innovation, Uncertainty about how to integrate makerspaces with existing library services Awareness of the potential for makerspaces to attract diverse user groups and Challenges related to maintaining and updating makerspace equipment are the perceptions of librarians in colleges of education in North Central Nigeria towards the integration of makerspaces in their libraries. The study also discovered the challenges librarians face in implementing and managing makerspaces in their libraries to include; Lack of funding and financial resources, Insufficient training and professional development, Limited space within the library for makerspace setup, Maintenance and upkeep of equipment, Resistance to change from traditional library services and Inadequate technical support The study concludes that The integration of makerspaces in college of education libraries in North Central Nigeria presents a unique opportunity to enhance library services, foster creativity, and support student learning. The study recommended that to address the mixed feelings about the additional workload associated with managing makerspaces, colleges of education should implement supportive measures such as hiring dedicated makerspace staff and providing administrative and technical assistance to alleviate the burden on existing librarians. Additionally, offering time management training and creating collaborative work schedules can help librarians balance their traditional responsibilities with the new demands of makerspace management. These steps will ensure that librarians are well-supported, reducing burnout and enhancing the overall effectiveness and sustainability of makerspaces in college libraries. To address the challenge of inadequate technical support, it is recommended that colleges of education establish robust technical support systems specifically tailored for makerspaces.


Effective library services, Librarians, Makerspace, Perception,

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