Librarians' use of online social networks in Nigeria
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The purpose of this study was to examine the use of online social networks (OSNs) among librarians in university libraries in Nigeria. The study adopted the survey research design. The population consisted of 1,137 librarians in university libraries in Nigeria. Eight OSNs namely: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn, Nigerian Library Association (NLA) online forum, America Library Association Online Discussion Forum (ALA Connect), Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) online forum and Library Networking Group (LNG) were used for the study.
Multistage sampling technique was used for selecting 317 librarians from 29 universities across three geo-political zones. A questionnaire titled “Online social networking questionnaire (OSNQ)” was used for data collection. Findings from the study revealed that some librarians do not use online social networks for reasons such as supervisors not allowing their use during office hours and lack of training on use of computers. Reasons for use where, however, found to cut across social and professional purposes. NLA online forum and Facebook were also found to be the most useful for acquiring work related information. Based on the findings, the study concluded by recommending that supervisors and subordinates receive training on appropriate use of online social networks in order to avoid work conflict and maximize professional benefits derived from such networks amongst others.