AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES BY ACADEMICS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL STATES OF NIGERIA

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AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES BY ACADEMICS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL STATES OF NIGERIA

 

ABSTRACT

 

This research was carried out to investigate the Awareness and Use of Open Access Institutional Repositories by Academics in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria. The research questions raised among others include; what is the level of awareness of Open Access IR by academics in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria? What are the sources of awareness of Open Access IR by academics in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria? To what extent do academics use Open Access IR in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria? What challenges do the academics faced with in accessing Open Access IR in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria? The hypotheses formulated and tested for this study are: There is no significant difference in the extent of satisfaction with the contents of Open Access IR among academics in Federal Universities in the North Central States of Nigeria. There is no significant difference in the frequency of use of Open Access IR among academics in the Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted for the study while structured and unstructured questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. The population comprised academics in Federal universities in North central States of Nigeria. The findings from the study revealed that majority of the respondents indicated that they are aware of the existence of Open Access Institutional Repositories. The study also discovered that majority of academics in Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria indicated that the source of awareness of Open Access Institutional Repositories was through academics/colleagues etc. Concluding that awareness with the existence of Open Access Institutional Repositories by academics in the Federal Universities in North Central States of Nigeria is on the increase. They indicated that the Open Access Institutional Repositories is very important to the University community. This is because they accessed and disseminate scholarly works. It was recommended amongst others that the university management should provide necessary facilities and formulate policies that would encourage mandatory deposit and use of scholarly works in open access institutional repositories and other open access outlets so as to contribute to the existing body of knowledge not mere consumers.

 

AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES BY ACADEMICS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL STATES OF NIGERIA

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