KJED Volume. 3, Issue 2 (2023)


Ibrahim Nauwara Umar & Fari Sani Abdu (PhD)


Employability LIS graduates tracer study job market LIS acquired skills

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Assessing the acquired skills for demand and employability in the job market: a tracer study of LIS graduates of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University in Katsina metropolis Nigeria

Abstract: This study set out to assess the acquired skills of the graduates of library and information science of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University for demand and employability in the job market. The study objectives were to examine the demand of LIS graduates; identify the sectors employing them and to ascertain the challenges they face on the job. Employers of LIS graduates were targeted in Katsina metropolis. Total enumeration was used as the population within the study area was small and the data was gathered through field survey and literature review with the use of questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered on the 120 identified graduates with a response rate of 98 which represent 81.70%, the quantitative data was analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 26. Two null hypotheses were also tested at α =0.05 using Correlation. The findings shows that demand for LIS graduates was generally low; the sectors employing the LIS graduates were information centers, printing and publishing firms, non-governmental organizations among others; and the challenges faced by the LIS graduates on the job are problem solving and teamwork among others. The study recommends that there is need to extend the industrial training done by the LIS students to other sectors to boost their thinking capacity and relevance, also, more skills acquisition related courses be integrated in their curriculum to widen the scope of their expertise for competitive advantage.