STAFF TRAINING AND JOB PERFORMANCE OF CATALOGUERS IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA

Mgbodichima Jummai Nwabugwu

Abstract


Job performance of cataloguers in academic libraries is essential and indispensable as ease of information retrieval is an outcome of the effectiveness and efficiency with which the resources are catalogued and classified by cataloguers. Studies and observations indicated that the level of job performance of cataloguers in academic libraries in South-West Nigeria is low and a cause for concern. While preponderance evidences point staff training as a strategy to increasing cataloguers job performance, their influences on job performance of cataloguers remain understudied in South-West, Nigeria. This study therefore investigates the influence of staff training on job performance of cataloguers in academic libraries in South-West Nigeria. The study adopted survey research design. The population of the study comprised 182 cataloguers in public and private universities in South-West Nigeria. Total enumeration was used. A validated structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The Cronbach’s Alpha reliability coefficients for the constructs ranged from 0.76 to 0.95. A response rate of 93.6% was achieved. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential (linear and multiple regression) statistics. The findings of the study revealed that staff training significantly influenced job performance of cataloguers in academic libraries (R2 = 0.057, β= 0.238, t (164) = 3.149, p < 0.05). The study concluded that staff training is essential to job performance of cataloguers in academic libraries in South-West Nigeria. The management of university libraries should adopt different training methods that will help the cataloguers keep abreast of latest information as regards cataloguing practices around the world. Library management should train more librarians in the aspect of cataloguing in order to reduce excess work load on the cataloguers.


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Academic Libraries, Cataloguers, Job performance, Staff training

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