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Innovative technologies as a correlation of Library service delivery in The Bells University, Ota, Ogun State

CHAPTERE ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background of the study

Libraries are primarily responsible for a number of predetermined duties, such as acquiring, organizing, archiving, retrieving, and transmitting information to users. The basic goal of libraries has always been this, from ancient times to the contemporary Internet age (Gopinath, etal.2001). However, with the turn of the twenty-first century, there was a massive paradigm shift in the delivery of library and information services all over the world. The importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on all aspects of human growth is obvious, and its impact on library and information services cannot be overstated. This assumption is supported by available literature (Sridhar, 1999; Igun, 2006), as well as observations from around the world.Librar The distribution of library and information services is being revolutionized in today’s world from manual operations to innovative approaches through the use of technology. The internet, a collection of technologies, is used to provide services to patrons through proper channels for access to information using modern technology and communication tools. The internet’s technology has the potential to complement, reinforce, and enhance educational achievements for the benefit of all. Esew and Ikyembe (Esew and Ikyembe, 2013)  are primarily tasked with a variety of specified tasks, including as acclimating to a new environment. The rise of electronic services in libraries as a result of this growth has become the foundation for digital libraries (Youngok, 2006). In terms of philosophy, methodology, and information delivery, library services are taking on a new dimension. The global trend has shown that old modes of information provision and delivery have given way to electronic and web-based formats. Traditional collections are giving way to hybrid collections, if not entirely. Despite sharing the same goal of preserving, organizing, and disseminating information resources as traditional libraries, this change in structure comes with its own set of obstacles, as electronic and digital libraries have their own unique qualities (youngok, 2006). In a similar vein, Mwamba (2002) noted that in the case of Nigeria, there is a shift in focus of operations from library-centred to information-centred; from the library as an institution to the library as an information provider, and from the librarian as a skilled information specialist functioning in all-related information environments, which necessitates the use of new methods known as automation of library functions for the enhancement of information access and delivery not only to Nigerians but also to the rest of the world, which It is common knowledge that an individual’s mental, social, and economic development is influenced by his or her ability to absorb information through reading. The twenty-first century is not without improvements that aim to elevate libraries and their offerings to new heights. Hayes (1998) believes that libraries should “transition from resource-centered, institutionalized, and physically tied to network-based” libraries. However, becoming a network-based library involves a number of technological consequences, the most important of which is information technology (Sridar 1989, 1995.1997, and 1999). Furthermore, according to the literature, the shift in the nature and roles of libraries in the digital environment has necessitated the development and acquisition of new skills and abilities (Yongok 2006).It is worth noting that library and information services play an important role in ensuring unrestricted access to critical resources for economic and cultural growth. They effectively contribute to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom, as well as the protection of democratic values and universal civil rights, by doing so. They promote social inclusion by aiming to assist all members of their user communities, regardless of their age, gender, economic or job position, literacy or technical skills, cultural or ethnic origin, religious or political opinions, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.They may serve communities that are geographically based or, increasingly, communities that are simply linked by technology and a shared internet (IFLA 2003). The significance of this new attitude toward information creation, access, retrieval, storage, and availability for use in a major change toward the construction of an information and knowledge-based society that benefits everyone.

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

This promotes a fruitful approach to developing one’s knowledge and comprehension. For many generations, libraries have existed in a variety of physical configurations, ranging from massive purpose-built structures to rooms within parent institutions and small temporary structures. The libraries then went on to reach locations that couldn’t be reached by road, rail, river, or the beast of burden as a mode of transportation. Many libraries are now “hybrid,” combining physical space and collection with a virtual library of electronic books and services in today’s society. These developments indicate a paradigm shift from previous operating methods to ones that are supported by a variety of technologies. A library user’s expectation is to be able to access accurate, current, and relevant information.This was a challenging process to do, but technology advancements have made it feasible to deliver expanded information services from a single collection, and as a result, new resource sharing programs have been established to fulfill the needs of users. In the past, a library’s inability to meet all of a user’s needs at any one moment may be overcome, but now, thanks to the internet and its associated technologies, all of a user’s needs can be met swiftly and efficiently.

OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

The study’s main goal is to look at innovative technologies and how they relate to library service delivery at The Bells University in Ota, Ogun State. The following are the precise goals:

To look into the reasons that are preventing the use of innovative technology in the delivery of information services.

To assess the value of cutting-edge technology in the delivery of information services.

To determine the most relevant innovative technologies for the transmission of information dissemination

RESEARCH QUESTION

For this study, the following questions have been written.

What are the barriers to the application of innovative technology in the delivery of information services?

What are the advantages of using cutting-edge technology to supply information services?

What are the most relevant innovative technologies for disseminating information?

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

This research will examine into the use of innovative technology in the delivery of library services at The Bells University in Ota, Ogun State. As a result, it will be important in the following ways:

Library managers: This study will be important to library managers because they will recognize the necessity to upgrade the library with cutting-edge technology in order to ensure that the library delivery service runs smoothly.

Academia: The academic community will benefit from this study because it will add to the existing literature.

SCOPE OF THE STUDY

This research will look into the issues that are preventing the use of innovative technology in the delivery of information services. The benefit of innovative technologies in the delivery of information services will also be evaluated in the study. Finally, the research will determine which innovative technologies are most appropriate for information dissemination delivery. As a result, the research would be restricted to Bells University in Ota, Ogun State.

LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

A variety of issues limited the scope of this investigation, including the following:

just like any other research, there are challenges, such as a lack of appropriate information on the issue under study and the inability to obtain data.

The researcher experienced financial constraints in obtaining essential resources, as well as in printing and collating questionnaires.

Time constraint: Another constraint is time, which makes it difficult for the researcher to balance writing the research and other academic responsibilities.

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