Vol. 6 No.2 (2021)

Induction and Placement Practices as Correlates of Job Performance of Recruited Librarians in Federal Universities in South-South, Nigeria

Eruvwe Ufuoma, PhD
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
eromoserecon@yahoo.com

Okonoko Vera Ngozi, PhD
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Abstract

Rationale of Study -The study aimed to investigate induction and placement practices as correlate of the job performance of recruited librarians in federal universities in South- South, Nigeria.

Methodology -The study adopted the correlational research design. Three (3) research questions and two (2) hypotheses guided the study. The population of the study comprised 108 academic librarians in the six federal universities spread across the six states of South-South, Nigeria. Questionnaires were administered to all the 108 respondents; only 95 were filled and returned. The overall reliability of the instrument yielded 0.95 with the use of Cronbach Alpha Coefficient. The rating scale of 4 points was subjected to an estimation procedure using SPSS version 17.0. A mean score of 2.5 and above on any item was accepted. Pearson r and R2 was used to answer the research questions while the null hypotheses were tested with the use of linear regression analysis.

Findings -The findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between induction process and librarians’ job performance in the federal university libraries in South-South, Nigeria. There is also a positive significant relationship between placement criteria and job performance of librarians. The level of agreement on the indices of job performance of librarians was high. That is to say induction, placement and job performance indices are critical for the recruitment process of librarians in federal university libraries in South-South, Nigeria.

Implications -The findings of this study may serve as a guide to the Federal Government, Federal University Management, Library Management and other stakeholders in the recruitment of librarians as it elucidates the benefits of induction training to librarians.

Originality -This research work is the first of this kind to assess induction and placement practices as correlates of job performance of libraries in federal university libraries in South- South, Nigeria.

Keywords

Students knowledge, Internet resources, Search skills, University Libraries