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Title:Information technology and web use characteristics of Nigerian private universities
Author:Utulu, Samuel C. AvemariaISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The different uses of the Internet by a university to provide access to web content define the university's web characteristics. Studies of the Information Technology (IT) and web characteristics of Nigerian universities so far have focused mostly on public universities. This study evaluates IT and Internet availability, and the inclinations of academics to use Internet based outlets to access and disseminate research in three Nigerian private universities - Babcock University, Covenant University, and Bells University of Technology. Observation, website analysis and questionnaire surveys were used to collect data. 112 (37.3 percent) of the academic staff participated in the questionnaire survey. The study examined two web impact factors (WIF) - size and content of, and links received by, the universities' websites. It found that IT and the Internet were readily available to academics in the universities. With regards to the WIF, however, only Babcock University had the right form of domain, although it had no in-links. Bells University of Technology had only one in-link, while Covenant University had five. The websites featured mostly non-academic contents, and none of them was linked by websites of other Nigerian universities. The academic staff used more web resources than they produced, as over 90 percent of them had downloaded research resources from the web, but less than 8 percent had published their research on the web. The universities need to understand conventional global requirements for the development and deployment of websites and web resources in order to develop the web content and use characteristics that would improve their web presence and visibility. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]