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Dissertation Information for Michael Gabriel Ochogwu

NAME:
- Michael Gabriel Ochogwu

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Victor Rosenberg
- Donald C. Pelz

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- David Hessler
- Joan C. Durrance

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INNOVATING PROCESSES AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SELECTED INNOVATIONS IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN NIGERIA

Abstract: Systematic attention to introduction of innovations in libraries has been given scholarly attention only in the last decade. The present study has sought to identify problem areas encountered in introducing innovations in university libraries in Nigeria, to examine variables associated with effective innovations, and to suggest guidelines to improve the innovating process.

Drawing from prior research, the study used survey research methods to examine relationships between innovation effectiveness and the knowledge and participation of library staff and users in planning and implementing innovations. It also examined factors such as size of library, type of university environment, and communication structure.

The survey was conducted on bibliographic instruction and cooperative acquisition as two innovations in four university libraries in Nigeria. The study surveyed 216 university library staff and users drawn from seven respondent groups: university librarians, heads of divisions/departments, professional librarians, non-professional library staff, university administrators, faculty/academic staff and students.

The results of the study revealed that while many innovative projects were being undertaken in university libraries in Nigeria, a majority of the library staff and users were not well informed about the two selected innovations. The study also showed that most of the staff and users reported little participation in the planning and in the implementation of the innovations, and little influence in decisions concerning the innovations. On the other hand, the university librarians overestimated the knowledge, level of participation and influence exerted by the respondent groups.

Further analysis showed positive relationships between innovation effectiveness and the measures of knowledge, participation and influence for both innovations. The extent of technical and administrative problems was weakly associated with lower effectiveness, but extent of monetary problems--contrary to prediction--was slightly associated with higher effectiveness. Size of library and communication structure were found to influence the effectiveness of both innovations, while type of university environment was significant only in the case of bibliographic instruction.

MPACT Scores for Michael Gabriel Ochogwu

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