Preparedness towards adoption of cloud computing technologies by academic libraries in Kenya

Paul Kibet Maina & Dr. Daniel Wambiri Muthee

In many developing countries including Kenya, there is a great challenge determining the preparedness of libraries towards the adoption of cloud computing technologies. Paucity of resources and Information technology capabilities, lack of manpower, inadequate skills, inadequate infrastructure, and inadequate power supply have been identified as key impediments to institutions towards successful adoption of cloud computing. Despite the benefits of cloud computing technologies, education sector has not fully implemented this emerging technology. The objective of this study was to assess the preparedness of academic libraries towards of adoption of cloud computing technologies so that academic libraries can have clear path on how to prepare and measures to put towards cloud computing adoption. The study was undertaken at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology library, Kiambu County, Kenya where 40 librarians were involved in the study. Random sampling procedure was used to select the sample population. The study used descriptive study design to carry out research. The results from the study showed that the library was experiencing shortage in infrastructure due to low student to computer ration, low bandwidth, only one OPAC point and centralized servers. Most library staff posed basic ICT skills with just few staff being experts in areas where cloud computing skills are required. The study recommends that the government and the university should concentrate on ways of making cloud computing affordable by budgeting more funds to improve the ICT infrastructure in the library. The library should concentrate on impacting the library with skills; invest more to improve the ICT infrastructure in the library.

Keywords – Cloud computing, preparedness, ICT, adoption. Academic libraries.

DOI : 10.26761/IJRLS.6.1.2020.1320        DOI URL:


Cite This Article As: Maina,P.K. & Muthee, D.W. (2020). Preparedness towards adoption of cloud computing technologies by academic libraries in Kenya. International Journal of Research in Library Science (IJRLS), 6(1),200-209.

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