Awareness, Accessibility and use of Electronic Information

  • Fasanu Caleb Idowu
Keywords: e-resources, e-books, users, availability, accessibility, library

Abstract

This study examines the awareness, accessibility, and use of electronic information resources among undergraduates of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. The main instrument for data collection was questionnaire. 2,294 users who were undergraduates from all the schools (SCGS, SBMS, SSC, SENG, SENV.) that consulted the e-library resources between October 2013 and September 2014 formed the population of the study from which a sample of 500 copies of questionnaire were distributed. The questionnaires were distributed at the e-library and main reading rooms respectively. Out of the 500 questionnaire distributed, 360 (72%) were returned and found usable. The finding shows that majority of the respondents 200(56%) were aware of the availability and importance of the e-resources collection in the library but have challenges in accessing and retrieving information resources due to lack of requisite skills. The study also shows that low internet speed and epileptic power supply constituted obstacles to easy use of e-resources. Based on the findings; the study recommends amongst others that a professionally qualified librarian be employed to create awareness and train users on prerequisite skills for information retrieval in the unit.

Author Biography

Fasanu Caleb Idowu

Moshood Abiola Polytechnic,
Library Department.
P. M. B. 2210
Abeokuta
Ogun State, Nig.

Published
2018-09-20