F. S. Kolajo
Libraries are established in the university system to provide high quality information services in support of teaching and research for academic staff members as well as acquisition of knowledge of the students. Library personnel occupy a central position in the university system. The job performance of library officers has a bearing on the way they carry out their professional duties. Biographical factors, cognitive styles, job motivation and staff training can explain the job performance of workers. The main purpose of this study was to assess the role of cognitive styles and work motivation as precursors of job performance of Library personnel in private universities in South-West Nigeria. The methodology adopted by this research was the exploratory method. Exploratory researches are used to acquire a deeper understanding of an existing phenomenon. As a flexible and dynamic method, the method seeks to find new insights by asking questions from experts. It also utilizes the wealth of the literature to further explore the subject. In addition, exploratory research requires an initial research in order to clarify and define the nature of the problem. It is therefore recommended that, since the work environment is significantly related to job performance of academic staff, proprietors of these institutions should encourage the support of parents, philanthropists, and corporate institutions in improving the private universities library environment in terms of physical facilities, information services, authority-staff relationship, and staff development in order to enhance better job performance of the library personnel.
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