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|Title: ||The career and mobility of librarians in Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Nzotta, Briggs C.|
|Issue Date: ||1981|
|Publisher: ||© Briggs Chinkata Nzotta|
|Abstract: ||In Nigeria library services are developing rapidly as part of a fast
developing economy and social infra-structures. This rapid expansion
calls for trained manpower to manage the services. It is assumed that
a thorough knowledge of existing personnel is essential for adequate
planning and implementation of an effective strategy to supply the
professional personnel required, both now and in the future, to meet the
Consequently this study has been undertaken in order to discover the personal
characteristics (sex, age, marital status, etc.), social origins, educational
backgrounds, and career and mobility patterns of librarians in Nigeria.
Factors associated with career advancement and mobility are examined. Why,
in the first place, individuals choose librarianship as a career and the
contributions they are making to the professional literature and the
professional associations are also investigated. Running through this
study of a sample of librarians in a developing country is an attempt to
relate the findings to those of similar studies in developed countries.
The sample consists of 267 librarians (179 men and 88 women) selected from
various types of libraries and the library schools in the country. Data
was collected by means of a questionnaire.
Among other findings, the results show that, unlike in developed countries,
male librarians in Nigeria outnumber the female by about two to one. The
librarians are relatively young, half not above 35. There are few
expatriate librarians. Most librarians come from ordinary working class
families and their parents have little or no formal education.
About 90% of the librarians are graduates while 99% have professional
qualifications. They choose the profession mainly for reasons similar to
those of librarians in developed countries; Many have previously tried
their hands at other occupations or professions, especially teaching, and
they tend to join the profession rather late in life. Most have yet had
short professional careers, not exceeding ten years. About 60% are mobile.
The majority are satisfied with their professional careers.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Information Science)|
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