A UGC Approved e-Journal ISSN: 2249 - 0213

   
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Awareness of Lecturers in South-South Federal Universities in Nigeria of Institutional Repositories

Scholars have increasingly expressed dissatisfaction with the existing model of scholarly communication such as high subscription prices for journals and restricted access. These issues have contributed to the quest for alternative modes of preservation and dissemination of information such as institutional repositories (IRs). The purpose of the study is to assess the level of awareness of lecturers in South-South federal universities in Nigeria of IRs. Three research questions and two null hypotheses were formulated for the study. The descriptive survey research was employed in the study. Simple percent and mean were used to answer the research questions while ANOVA was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 levels of significance. The study revealed that there is significant difference in the level of awareness of IR among lecturers from different faculties in South-South federal universities in Nigeria. There is no significant difference in the level of awareness of IR among lecturers of different academic status. Lecturers become aware of IR through academic staff/colleagues and Internet browsing. The study concludes that universities should encourage promotional activities geared towards creating



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