Role Conflict and Staff Productivity in Academic Libraries: A Study of Private Universities in Kwara State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJMG.2015.06.02.Art014

Authors : Jamiu Wankasi Abdulraheem, Oba Baba Ayoku, Martins Olanrewaju Atunde, Johnson Abiodun Medupin, Olabode Awarun


The study investigated the relationship between role conflict and staff productivity in academic libraries with a focused on private universities in Kwara State, Nigeria. Two null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The study design was a descriptive research of a correlational type. The population for this study comprised of 87 library staff consisting of 26 librarians and 61 library officers and Assistants in the four studied private universities. Total census technique was applied for the study, that is, all the 87-library staff served as research subjects in this study. A researcher-designed questionnaire titled "Role Conflict and Staff Productivity Assessment Questionnaire” (RCSPAQ) was used for data collection. Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) statistics and Multiple Regression Analysis was used to test the formulated hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that: work-family roles, co-curricular roles and social roles have a joint effect on staff productivity (F =2152.027, p-value < 0.0001). The study also found that work-family roles (β = 0.362; t = 7.424; P<.01), co-curricular roles (β = 0.328; t = 9.162; P<.01) and social roles (β = 0.291; t = 5.761; P<.01) respectively were independent predictors of library staff productivity. Based on the findings, the study recommended amongst that, library managers should avoid placing demands that are impossible to reach on staff as some may not be able to manage more than one role so as to avoid adding extra roles to those who cannot manage them.


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