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ERIC Number: EJ893920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Motivation and Encumbrances to Research and Publication: The Case of Nigerian Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioners
Anunobi, Chinwe V.; Emerole, Nancy
Educational Research and Reviews, v3 n2 p66-72 Feb 2008
The survey was carried out to determine the research and publication output of Library and Information Science (LIS) practitioners in Nigeria; and their motivation and impediments to research and publication. It was aimed at providing the reality of the opinion on low research and publication output of LIS practitioners including the factors that motivate and hinder their research and publication efforts. A fourteen (14) item questionnaire was designed, trial tested and distributed to one hundred and eighty (180) of the four hundred and thirty seven practitioners who attended the 44th Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Library Association held at Abuja, 18th-22nd June 2006. One hundred and sixty (88.9%) of the distributed questionnaires were completed and returned. The results were analyzed and presented using means, percentages and tables. A 50% bench-mark was considered as positive opinion for responses on percentage scale. The results of the survey revealed that LIS practitioners in Nigeria are not conducting enough research and thus submitted and published 3.92 and 2.41 articles each in the last ten years respectively. Though they are more active research-wise in the last 2 years than the preceding 8 years, 83.43% of their articles were published in Nigeria than 16.58% published in foreign journals. The desire to get promotion, solve problems arising in the course of their work and inspiration are their major motivation for research Practitioners with Ph.D degree also consider availability of fund and self visibility important motivating factors for publication. Time constraints, poor research skills and lack of fund are the main impediments to LIS practitioners' research and publication. However employees of public and national libraries; and Ordinary National Diploma/Higher National Diploma(OND/HND) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) qualification groups regarded lack of inspiration and high rate of articles rejection as factors that impede their research and publication. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria