Knowledge sharing practices among African health sciences librarians




knowledge sharing, social exchange theory, librarian, information, AHILA


Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate knowledge sharing practices among health sciences librarians in African countries.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was employed. The study population consisted of African health sciences librarians that attended the 16th Biennial Conference of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa on October 14–18, 2019, at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Data were collected using a questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results: The types of knowledge most commonly shared by respondents were information on conferences, workshops, and seminars as well as information on new trends and technologies in librarianship. The main avenue of knowledge sharing was face-to-face interaction. Unwillingness to share knowledge and a lack of awareness about current trends and issues were the top identified challenges to knowledge sharing.

Conclusion: These survey results establish the existence of a low level of knowledge sharing among health science librarians in Africa and suggest that concerted efforts should be made to overcome barriers to knowledge sharing within and across African countries.

Author Biographies

Olalekan Moses Olayemi, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

Olalekan Moses Olayemi is a Senior Librarian at the Library and Information Technology Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos. He holds Master’s in Library and Information Sciences and Bachelor of Arts (LIS) from Bayero University Kano. He is currently studying for his PhD in Information Resources Management at Babcock University, Nigeria. He specializes in health information systems, and professional development.


Librarian at Bayero University Kano.



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