Relationship Between Subject Specialist Knowledge and Job Satisfaction of Library and Information Science Educators in Nigerian Universities

David T. Aju
Keywords: Job satisfaction, Library and information science educators, Subject specialist knowledge, Nigerian universities
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2019 1(1), 16-25. Published: July 13, 2019


Abstract

The purpose of the study was to correlate subject specialist knowledge and job satisfaction of library educators in Nigerian universities, determine present level of subject specialist knowledge of library educators, and ascertain the extent of job satisfaction of library educators in Nigerian universities. Research questions and one hypothesis guided the study, correlation design was used among thirteen federal and seven state universities with population of two hundred and thirty-five library educators as population and sample size. Data collection instrument was structured questionnaire, Pearson correlation coefficient was used to answer research questions, t-test was used to test the hypothesis for significance at 0.05 level, using multiple regression analysis, result of t-test value revealed that there was significant relationship between subject specialist knowledge and job satisfaction among educators. Result on present level of subject specialist knowledge revealed that library educators in Nigerian universities specialize in different subject specialist knowledge to a great extent, except Federal University of Technology Minna, Federal University of Technology Minna specialized in different subject specialist knowledge to a very great extent. Based on the findings, the study recommended that Nigerian universities should encourage indices that contributed to strong relationship between subject knowledge and job satisfaction of library educators, Nigerian universities should encourage educators specialize in different subject knowledge by providing appropriate incentives. The study concluded that universities need to take issues of staff development as their priority in order to overcome brain-drain challenge, enhance job satisfaction as well make educators relevant in Nigerian university system.