Electronic Library Resources Utilization among Academic Staff of Selected Federal Universities in South Western Nigeria

Electronic Library Resources Utilization among Academic Staff of Selected Federal Universities in South Western Nigeria

Author by Dr. Opeyemi Soyemi

Journal/Publisher: Conference Proceedings Of !st Interdisciplinary Conference Of University Of Cape Coast, Ghana And Tai Solarin University Of Education, Nigeria

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 1598 - 1608

Abstract

The development of Information and Communication Technology is now offering academic libraries opportunities that improve their service provision to users. Especially in the area of access to wider range of information materials and so on. In spite of these benefits, observation reveals that many users may not be maximizing digital library resources.

The study adopted a survey research design. Using stratified random sampling technique, 750 academic staff from four Federal Universities in South-West Nigeria was selected from 3,595 population size. Data was collected with a self structured questionnaire titled “utilization of electronic library services among academic staff in selected Federal Universities in South-West Nigeria”. The study had a 93% response rate. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation.

The finding shows that most of the academic staff are aware of electronic library services availability within their institutions library with Internet search engines as the most widely used electronic service. The electronic library services were mostly used for article publication, conference and workshop among others.

The study concludes that themanagement of academic libraries in the Federal Universities in Southwest Nigeria needs tomap out strategies such as training programmes that will improve use of electronic library services, create greater awareness among academic staff as this will greatly promote use of electronic services among academic staff. The study therefore recommends that academic libraries need to continue to reinforce their use of ICT for service provision as this will improve the activities of their faculty. Also, training programme that will enhance efficient use of these services be put in place.


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