Use of the University of Khartoum Institutional Repository by Graduate Students

Keywords: institutional repositories, Khartoumspace, open access repositories, digital repositories, University of Khartoum, University of Khartoum institutional repository


This paper attempted to investigate the use of the University of Khartoum Institutional Repository (Khartoumspace) by graduate students and to explore their attitudes towards the repository and its contents. The study adopted a descriptive survey approach. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 150 students who formed the study sample from a study population of about 1800 graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines at the University. Data collected was analysed in simple statistics and presented in tables consisting of frequencies and percentages. The study revealed that electronic theses and dissertations and eBooks are the most frequently used items of the repository’s collection. The study also showed that there is low usage rate of the repository by the respondents but they have positive attitudes towards the repository, and that the majority of the respondents learnt about the existence of the repository from a colleague rather than from a librarian. The findings indicated that, in order to enhance the usage of the repository by graduate students,there is a need for more awareness raising and advocacy programmes to be carried out by the library about the repository and its benefits to the academic community of the university.

Author Biography

Omer Hassan Abdelrahman, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Omer Hassan Abdelrahman is currently working as Associate  Professor at the department of LIS of the faculty of Arts, University of Khartoum in Sudan. He holds a PhD degree in LIS. He has worked as the Head of the Department of Library and Information Science between August 2013-September 2014. He has taught at the Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT) in Asmara, Eritrea  between 2012-2013. He has worked as Chief University Librarian of the National Ribat University in Khartoum, Sudan (2002-2006). Participated and presented papers in a number of regional and international conferences. Published a number of papers in refereed journals, in english and arabic languages. His teaching expertise is in the areas of indexing and abstracting and ICT applications in libraries. His research interests includes: Professional development, curriculum development, and open access to information.
How to Cite
Abdelrahman, O. (2017). Use of the University of Khartoum Institutional Repository by Graduate Students. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 37(2), 104-1108.