Academic Self-Efficacy and Use of Mobile Technology based Library Services by Undergraduates in Universities of South-West Nigeria

Abstract

Author(s): Ogungbeni John I, Nwosu, Obiora

Many university libraries are adopting innovative ways of providing mobile interfaces and their applications so as to be effective in terms of delivery of service to patrons. Are undergraduates maximizing the use of these services and could underutilization of mobile technology-based library services by undergraduates be attributed to low academic selfefficacy? This study investigated academic self-efficacy and use of mobile technology-based library services by undergraduates in universities in SouthWest Nigeria. The design for the study was survey, involving multistage sampling technique. Two questionnaires were used to sample 1,086 undergraduates across three faculties in six universities in South-West Nigeria. 1,045 responses were analysed statistically. The study found that academic self-efficacy of undergraduates in universities in South-West Nigeria is high. Undergraduates in South-West Nigeria use Short Messaging Services (SMS), e-books, mobile websites and databases to a large extent. There was low positive (Pearson r = 0.084) relationship between academic self-efficacy and use of mobile technology-based library services. This study concluded that it is expedient for undergraduates in universities in South-West Nigeria to increase their academic self-efficacy for greater use of mobile technologybased library services.

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