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: 232

Article in Press

Multimedia digital library for the enhancement of teaching and learning process in Ethiopian higher education institutions

Regasa Alemu and Worku Jimma

  •  Received: 27 June 2016
  •  Accepted: 06 December 2016
Rapid development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), multimedia content and multimedia technologies have changed the way educators teach and students learn. The main objective of this study was to assess the role of multimedia digital library in higher institution library to enhance teaching and learning process in Ethiopian higher education. The study was conducted on four public universities in Ethiopia, two each from formerly established and recently established. To conduct the assessment, the researcher used both qualitative and quantitative research method and cross sectional survey was used. The respondents were 385 students and staff sampled through random sampling method and 30 librarians, and IT professional using purposive sampling method. The data were collected by pretested questionnaire, face-to-face interview and personal observation which were analyzed by frequency distribution and percentage. The study showed that there were multimedia content in the library and lack of access to the contents, and there were high need of multimedia content. Most of the users (88.5%) visited multimedia content on the web. The study also found that multimedia digital library support a teacher in a class and on practical session with M=4.26, SD==0.67. Thus, it is high time to develop multimedia digital library in Ethiopian higher learning institutions.

Keywords: Multimedia, multimedia content, digital library, library.