ADOPTION OF SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN GHANAINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (2016)
Libraries around the world are facing vital challenges and complexity in information requirements compelling the professionals to look up the open source technology available on the web. This study sought to assess the extent of utilisation of social networking tools adopted in the well-resourced public universities in Ghana. The study used quota sampling to select 32 professional librarians from UG, KNUST, UDS and UCC to answer questionnaires. Simple descriptive tools such as charts and percentage tables were used to present the findings of the study. The study revealed among others that, the most utilised social networking tool used among professional librarians was Facebook then Instant messaging. However, librarians were aware and sometimes use LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, Flickr, Slideshare, and YouTube, Professional librarians used social networking tools for dissemination of library news, library events, group discussion, general library information, sharing e-resources, and offering library resources. . Therefore it was recommended that professional librarians should be encouraged to use the social networking tools for their intended purposes and observe all ethics regarding it use. Also, the libraries should be stocked with adequate ICT infrastructure and vibrant internet connectivity to ensure proper functioning and effective use of the social media networking tools.
- Keywords: Social Networking Tools,
- Social Networking Sites,
- Web 2.0 Tools
Publication DateApril, 2016
Citation InformationBAFFOUR OHENE AGYEKUM. "ADOPTION OF SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN GHANA" INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Vol. 5 Iss. 5 (2016) p. 158 - 168 ISSN: 2278-0211
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