ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF OPEN SOURCE LIBRARY SOFTWARE IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-SOUTH NIGERIA
The study assessed the use of open source library software in university libraries in South-south, Nigeria. The survey type of descriptive research design was adopted for a population of 186 librarians from 15 selected universities in South-south, Nigeria. The entire population was adopted as the sample size for the study using the total population sampling technique. The instrument used for data collection was a self-structured questionnaire. Out of the 186 copies of questionnaire administered, 157 were retrieved and found useable, therefore constituting 84% response rate. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed that the various open source library software used in university libraries in South-south, Nigeria include KOHA, NewGenLib, DSpace, and Evergreen. The study further revealed that the level of use of open source library software in the university libraries is very high. However, some factors such as inadequate power supply, apathy on the part of library staff, insufficient manpower, lack of supervision, lack of technical knowledge from the library staff, maintenance cost, lack of training and re-training of staff and cost of procurement of the hardware/software affect the effective use of open source integrated library systems in the libraries under study . Thus, the study recommends that university management should budget adequately for both the procurement of
hardware/software as well as training and re-training of library staff in order to achieve effective utilization of open source library software.