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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 15, No. 1 (2019) open journal systems 

Institutional repositories adoption and use in selected Tanzanian higher learning institutions

Israel Malweta Nunda, Centre for Foreign Relations
Emmanuel Frank Elia, University of Dar es Salaam

The study explored the adoption and use of institutional repositories among postgraduate students in Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and Sokoine University of Agriculture. This study applied mixed descriptive research design were qualitative and quantitative methods were used. Questionnaires and interviews were used to collect data from respondents. Simple random sampling was used to select 55 respondents. Key findings showed the majority 48 (87.3%) respondents were aware of institutional repositories. However, the majority 21(38.2%) were only moderately aware. Findings indicate low awareness of institutional repository services among respondents. Results also showed 43 (78.2%) respondents use institutional repositories. Nonetheless, interview findings indicates low adoption rate of institutional repositories among students. Visibility and information sharing were factors which mostly influence students to use institution repositories. Findings further showed library staff and lecturers are relied sources of awareness and the pulling factors in adoption and use of institutional repositories. The study concludes that information literacy (IL) training is crucial in promoting adoption and usage of institution repositories. The study recommends academic libraries to establish embedded IL programs to increase adoption and usage. The study also suggests improving the quality of resources in the institutional resources to reflect students' needs.

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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556