Awareness and Extent of Use of Library Information Resources by University Undergraduates in Anambra State

Abstract

Author(s): Anunobi Chinwe V, Nwankwo Ndidi Grace

This research adopted a survey design which sought information from respondents on the awareness and extent of use of library information resources by the undergraduate students in universities in Anambra State. Three research questions guided the study. The population of the study is the registered 17,270 undergraduate students in universities in Anambra State. The records from the Library Registration Book in the Circulation Desk of the University Libraries showed the list of registered library undergraduate users in the institutions.The sample of the study is 391 undergraduate students from universities in Anambra State. The sample size for this study was determined by the use of a mathematical model developed by Yameni (1964). A questionnaire entitled “Awareness and Extent of Use of Library Information Resources Questionnaire (AWLIQ)” was developed by the researchers, validated by experts and used for data collection. The reliability of the instrument was established using Cronbach Alpha method. Data obtained were analysed using mean ratings. The major findings of the study include that the level of awareness of library information resources by the undergraduates in Universities in Anambra State is moderate. Theundergraduates in Anambra States Universities use library information resources in the University libraries to a low extent among others. It was recommended that Use of library programme should be made a separate course of its own in all the departments of the universities, library orientation should be taken very seriously and it should be made a compulsory activity in the universities, the National University Commission (NUC) should enforce more drastic measures aimed at improving resources and services of academic libraries, among others.

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