Staff development as a predictor of job performance of academic librarians in university libraries in South-South, Nigeria

Frederick Oman Ogar, PhD, CLN and W. O. Nkanu, Prof., CLN
Keywords: Staff development, job performance, academic librarians, university libraries, South–South, Nigeria
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2022 4(2), 29-42. Published: December 30, 2022


Abstract

This study is carried out to investigate staff development as a predictor of job performance of academic librarians in university libraries in South–South, Nigeria. The main purpose was to assess the relationship between staff development and job performance of academic librarians in University libraries in South-South, Nigeria. Ex-post-facto research design was adopted. The population of the study comprises 175 academic librarians working in public university libraries in South-South, Nigeria. The entire population was used for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire. A total of 175 questionnaires were administered to the respondents and all were returned. Four (4) of the returned questionnaires were rejected because they were not completely filled. Therefore, a total of 171 questionnaires (98%) were used for the analysis. Descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (r) were used to answer the research questions, Regression analysis was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the analysis for the research questions show that, there is a relationship between staff development and job performance of academic librarians in university libraries in South-South, Nigeria. The results of the analysis also show that the hypothesis was rejected. This means that, there is a significant relationship between staff development and job performance of academic librarians in university libraries in South–South Nigeria. Based on the findings, the study recommended, that university management should look into the issue of staff development inadequacy and offer an attractive staff development polices and other monetary incentives to their academic librarians by providing career growth prospects which will increase their job satisfaction as well as increase their job performance. In conclusion, it is clear that staff development is a predictor of job performance.