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Type Journal Article - Theological Librarianship
Title Information-seeking behavior of the Ulama in relation to preaching and counseling roles in Nigeria
Volume 6
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 29-46
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adam_GAMBO_SALEH/publication/235758448_Information-seeking_Beha​vior_of_the_Ulama_in_Relation_to_Preaching_and_Counseling_Roles_in_Nigeria/links/0912f51331273706b30​00000.pdf
The study of information-seeking behavior has over the years attracted the attention of information
professionals, resulting in numerous studies conducted with a view to understanding why people seek information,
how they seek it, and the problems they encounter. While the information-seeking behavior of several professional
groups has been studied, an important and influential group of professionals, Muslim clerics (Ulama; sing.--Alim)
has been totally neglected. Thus, the main objective of this study was to investigate the information-seeking
behavior of the Ulama in a developing country. The study investigated such questions as how do the Ulama in
Nigeria seek information to perform their preaching and counseling roles? What search strategies do they deploy?
Is there a relationship between demographic factors and information seeking patterns? The study used the survey
research method. The target population was made up of 973 Ulama dispersed within 27 Local Government Areas
of Borno State in Nigeria. A proportional stratified random sampling technique was used to arrive at the sample
size of 281. The study used a questionnaire to collect data which was subjected to both descriptive and inferential
statistical analyses. The study found out that the Ulama consult different sources and resources for different roles.
For purposes of preaching, the Ulama mostly consult their personal collections to use resources such as the Qur’an,
Hadith, and commentaries by other scholars. However, when performing a counseling role, they consult secular
resources and informal channels of information such as council of Ulama, colleagues, or friends and relatives.
The study also found out that the Ulama deployed different search strategies to identify and locate information
when using public and institutional libraries, information and communication technology facilities, or informal
channels. The study has also established significant relationships between demographic factors and search strategies
adopted. Finally, the study identified the similarities and differences between the information-seeking behaviors of
the Christian clergy and the Ulama.

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