Journal of Basic and Applied Research International
 

Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, ISSN No. : 2395-3438 (Print), 2395-3446 (Online), Vol.: 24, Issue.: 2

Original Research Article

EVALUATING THE REASONS FOR THE NON-PARTICIPATION OF KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY BY ACADEMIC STAFF

 

FRANK MENSAH BONSU1*, HARRY BARTON ESSEL1 AND ERNEST OFORI1

1Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Faculty of Art, College of Art and Built Environment, KNUST, Ghana.

Abstracts

Since the establishment of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Institutional Repository (KNUSTSpace), no appraisal has been done to evaluate lecturers’ reasoning for non- use of their repository. This study, therefore, seeks to evaluate the rationale for the non-use of KNUST Institutional Repository by academic staff of the faculty of Art by offering sufficient statistical and evaluative data to buttress its efficacy and usefulness. The descriptive survey method was employed to carry out the study. Lecturers in KNUST recognize KNUSTSpace but with little or no enthusiasm to use it. Majority indicated that lack of adequate information on how to submit contents is the reason for not uploading their research works to the University Institutional repository. Lecturer solely depended on publishers to handle the publicity of their research output for them. Among other reasons given by the lecturers for not using the KNUSTSpace included the thought of IR being used for only theses and dissertations, lecturer not having adequate publications to deposit on the repository, the sale of lecture notes to students and, fear of copyright and plagiarism.

Keywords :

Institutional repository; KNUSTSpace; scholarly resources; academic research.