DOCUMENT SELECTION IN DIGITIZATION AS PREDICTOR OF RESEARCH PUBLICATION VISIBILITY IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES WITHIN KANO STATE
Keywords:Academic library, Automation, Digital skill, Digitization Workflow, ICT, Research Project, Nigeria
Document selection is the first stage of digitization workflow, which entails all the steps involved in the process of converting non-digital research collections to a digital format and making them available online. This study is carried out to investigate document selection as a predictor of research publication visibility in academic libraries within Kano State, Nigeria. The main purpose was to assess the relationship between document selection and research publication visibility in academic libraries within Kano State. The design employed in this study was survey research design. The population of the study comprises 156 librarians from Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil (ADUST). The entire population was used for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire. All administered questionnaires were returned and formed basis of analysis. Descriptive statistics was used to answer the research question while Student-t-test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The majority of the library staff possess Bachelor’s degree in both BUK and ADUST constituting 57 (52.8 %) and 23 (47.9 %) respectively. Principal majority of staff are experienced. The Pooled mean is 3.17, indicating that document selection has a positive relationship with research publication visibility. The revealed standard deviation ranges from 0.67-1.43, indicating that the responses are close and not too dispersed from each other. The results of the analysis also show that the null hypothesis was rejected. This means that, there is a significant relationship between document selection and research publication visibility in academic libraries in Kano State, Nigeria. In conclusion, it is clear that document selection is a predictor of research publication visibility. Hence, it is recommended that workflow management system which guides the digitization processes should be developed and tailored to the need of each institution library.
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