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The advent of Social Media Technologies (SMTs) has remodelled contemporary academic libraries in unprecedented ways as developed countries are metamorphosing from providing library services from the conventional labour-intensive systems to embrace some easy dynamic technologically SMT driven systems which is the global trend in service delivery. But the reverse is the case in Africa and likewise in Nigeria where there is a dearth of research on SMT culture, cognizance of these technologies, acceptance, and implementation in academic libraries. It is on this premise that this study examined the use of SMTs for a globalised library services in the University of Ibadan and Babcock University in South West Nigeria. The study adopted a post-positivist research paradigm and a mixed-method research approach with a survey research design. The population for the study comprised all academic librarians coupled with 4th-year level Computer Science students in the selected two universities. While a multistage sampling technique was used in the selection of the target samples which involved the selection of the oldest public and private Universities in the region which are the University of Ibadan (UI), a Federal University, and Babcock University (BU) which is a Private University. Findings from the current study show that SNS (70.7%), chatting tools such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, (65.9%), and image and video sharing (26.8%) were the first set of three most SMT used by Academic Librarians within the sampled universities in providing globalised library services to the library clientele. Also, personal knowledge and skills; staff willingness to change, and Management support were the three (3) most important factors ranked by academic librarians as elements influencing the adoption and use of SMTs. Both University libraries are at different stages of coming up with the requisite SMT policies in providing globalised library services in academic libraries

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Bakare, Oluwabunmi Dorcas & Bakare, Babajide Mike (Jnr) 2021

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