International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Staff perception on the relevance of hardcopy materials and library use in this digital age: A study of the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

OPELE Jacob Kehinde1* and UNEGBU Vincent E.2
  1Department of Planning and Documentation, National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi  Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 2Department of Information Resources Management, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 October 2011
  •  Published: 31 December 2011



This study assessed the value of hardcopy materials and its actual use at the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM). Structured questionnaire was designed and administered to 75 employees across four departments (Training and Research, Planning and documentation, Technological Innovation and Enterprise Studies, and Finance and Administration Department). Data gathered was analysed using descriptive statistics (percentage distribution) with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17. The findings revealed that 97.5% of the employees supported the use of hardcopy materials. It was noted from the findings thatemployees use of the library has not significantly changed as a result of Internet availability in the institution. The study concluded that newspapers were most in use among the hardcopy materials in the library.


Key words: Hardcopy, electronic, materials, library use.