Digital Literacy Competencies among Library Officers in State and Federal Universities in Ogun State, Nigeria

Digital Literacy Skills


  • Lolade Osinulu Olabisi Onabanjo University


The adoption of technology has a great influence on the role and function of professionals in academic libraries.  This study assessed the levels of digital literacy competence based on the use of computer/digital devices among library professional staff in Federal and State-owned Universities in Ogun State in Nigeria. The target population for the study consisted of Library officers (paraprofessional staff) using a total enumeration for the population (N=32).  The descriptive survey design was adopted.  Data were collected using a structured questionnaire tagged “Digital Literacy Skills Questionnaire” (DLSQ) consisting of 14 items on a four-point Likert-type scale and a response rate of 87.5% was achieved. Three hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance.  Data were analyzed using frequency counts, percentage, means, standard deviation, and t-test statistical analysis. Results indicated that there was a significant difference in the level of digital literacy skills possessed by library officers in State universities. There was no significant difference in the level of use of digital devices among the staff in the two academic libraries. Based on the findings showed a high level of digital literacy competence.  The study recommended that library management give adequate support to training and retraining of library officers in their quest of acquiring digital literacy competencies to enhance better use of technologies in their daily work processes.

Keywords: Digital literacy, library officers, literacy competencies, Nigeria, digital literacy skills