SELF-KNOWLEDGE AND USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES BY LIBRARIANS IN UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA.

Abstract

Author(s): Daniel Olusegun Ikegune, Adenike Damilola Omoike

This study investigates self-knowledge and use of information by librarians in universities in South-West, Nigeria with the aid of survey research approach based on ex-post facto type. Questionnaire was used to elicit information from 233 Academic Librarians, out of which 188 (80.7%) copies of the questionnaire were duly completed and returned. The data collected were analyzed using frequency count, percentage and analysis of variance (ANOVA) and correlation statistical tool to test for the significant difference and the significant relationship between librarian’s self-knowledge and information resources use tested at 0.05 level of significance with the aid of SPSS Version 21. The study revealed that the self-knowledge of the librarians in the universities is high. The findings also revealed that the use of information by librarians was very highly utilised in the universities in South-west, Nigeria. Such as journals, dictionaries, textbooks, and others. It also revealed that poor Internet connectivity, unreliable electricity and limited number of computers are the major constraints of information resources utilisation in the university libraries. The study showed that there is a moderate level of correlation between self-knowledge and information resources use among librarians in universities (0.234). To further express the importance of selfknowledge and information resources use by librarians in the university libraries, the study recommended that library management should provide up-to-date information resources for their effective use and the technical know-how aspect of the library and to acquire needed skills, adequate funding from government to support the library activities.

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