DATA MANAGEMENT AND CURATION AMONG LIBRARIANS IN SELECTED LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Adereolu Ojo Department of Library and Information Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
  • Florence Tope Dahunsi Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  • Jacob Kehinde Opele Department of Library and Information Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti

Keywords:

Data Management, Curation, Librarian, Libraries, South-West, Nigeria

Abstract

This study investigates the state of data management and curation practices among librarians in selected libraries in the South West region of Nigeria. A survey was conducted among 300 librarians to assess their knowledge, skills, and training requirements related to data management and curation. Data collected via an online Google Form was analyzed using descriptive statistics, including frequency counts and mean distribution. The findings reveal a high level of data management and curation practices employed by the librarians in the selected libraries, with an overall grand mean of 3.7 on a 5-point scale. Additionally, the study identifies the librarians' high level of knowledge, skills, and training requirements, with an overall grand mean of 3.8 on the same scale. Challenges faced by librarians in effectively managing and curating data in the selected libraries in the South West region of Nigeria include the need for training on data preservation and long-term access strategies (Mean = 3.9), data formats and standards for interoperability (Mean = 3.9), and ethical considerations in data management and curation (Mean = 3.9). The study also highlights strategies and recommendations for improving data management and curation practices among librarians in the selected libraries, such as fostering collaborations between librarians and researchers to enhance data management support (Mean=3.9), encouraging librarians to participate in professional development activities focused on data management and curation (Mean = 3.8), and developing partnerships with external organizations to access training and resources (Mean = 3.8). Overall, the study concludes that librarians demonstrate a high level of proficiency in organizing and categorizing data, employing effective backup and storage mechanisms, following established protocols for data quality control, and regularly updating metadata. The recommendations include the establishment of comprehensive training programs, collaboration with external organizations for capacity building, and the allocation of sufficient resources to support data management initiatives

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Published

2024-04-19

How to Cite

Ojo, A. ., Dahunsi, F. T., & Opele, J. K. (2024). DATA MANAGEMENT AND CURATION AMONG LIBRARIANS IN SELECTED LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA. African Journal of Educational Management, Teaching and Entrepreneurship Studies, 11(2), 194-212. Retrieved from https://ajemates.org/index.php/ajemates/article/view/434