Social Media Platforms Used in Provision and Access of Information Resources in Academic Libraries for Achieving Equitable and Quality Education in Nigeria

  • Mohammed Bello Ahmed Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.
  • Hassan Salama Dala Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.
  • Chukwudum Maureen Jegbefumea Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.
  • Abdullahi Abubakar Dewa Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.
Keywords: Social media platforms, information resources, Academic libraries

Abstract

The paper explored the concept of social media platforms as it’s used for provision,
access, and use of information resources in academic libraries in achieving equitable
and quality education in Nigeria. The paper also identified some of the social media
tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blog, Wikis, Myspace, Social
bookmarking, LinkedIn and Flickr, these platforms have certain potentials for the
library to advocate, facilitate, communicate much closer relationships between
libraries and their patrons (library users) wherever users are located, and however
they choose to learn about access to library services and resources and its further
provide more opportunities to reach the user community, target specific audiences
and give users a chance to interact with the library. Currently, libraries advertise their
services such as opening hours, locations, website information, newly acquired
information materials, library outreach programmes etc through these social media
tools for the purpose of meeting the new challenges brought by the 21st century.
However, the highlight some challenges facing libraries through the use of social
media platforms among others are Lack of Awareness, Technophobia, resistance to
change, Privacy Concern, Decrease Productivity, Insufficient funds and Power outage
coupled with poor internet connectivity. The paper provides conclusions for effective
use of social media tools in libraries.

Published
2020-09-13
How to Cite
Ahmed, M., Dala, H., Jegbefumea, C., & Dewa, A. (2020). Social Media Platforms Used in Provision and Access of Information Resources in Academic Libraries for Achieving Equitable and Quality Education in Nigeria. Gombe Technical Education Journal, 12(2). Retrieved from http://gotejfcetgombe.com.ng/index.php/gotej/article/view/71