Assessing the adoption of knowledge acquisition practices in selected Northwestern Nigerian federal university libraries

Ali Muhammed Fakandu, PhD and Peter Wamae, PhD
Keywords: Knowledge acquisition, librarians, university libraries, Northwestern Nigeria
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2022 4(1), 44-53. Published: September 7, 2022


Abstract

Knowledge acquisition practices entails acquiring knowledge from documents, training, mentoring, conferences, interactions, experts and the use of information and communication technology facilities among others There is limited evidence of the adoption of knowledge acquisition practice in Northwestern Nigerian federal university libraries. The purpose of this study was to establish whether Northwestern Nigerian federal university libraries have adopted knowledge acquisition practices (KAP). This study applied descriptive research and had a target population of three hundred and ninety-three (393) librarians and the sample size of the study was 191. Both questionnaire and interview schedule were used for data collection. Descriptive statistics were used in analyzing the data collected while tables, and charts were used for tabulation and presentation. The study found out that tacit knowledge was acquired from seminars, conferences, workshops, research collaborations among others while explicit knowledge was acquired through documents and ICT tools. The study recommends the acquisition of tacit knowledge through sponsorship to enable librarians acquire tacit knowledge in research collaboration and formal training.