Assessment of the Impact of “Use of Library” course on Academic Library Use

A Case Study of Osun State University Library

  • Oluwatosin O. Okunoye Osun State University Library, Osogbo, Osun State Nigeria
  • Florence O. Ajani Kwara State University Library, Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria
Keywords: Use of library, Library use education, Users, Students, Academic Library, University Library

Abstract

Library resources and services support learning, teaching and research. It is imperative for students to use the library effectively, hence the introduction of the "Use of Library" course in universities in Nigeria. This study assessed the impact of the "Use of Library" course on academic library use: at the Osun State University Library. The descriptive survey research design was adopted using a questionnaire as an instrument for data collection. The population of the study was the students of Osun State University, and a purposive sampling technique was used to elicit responses from available students of all levels of the two colleges on the main campus of the University. Data generated were analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts, mean and simple percentages. Findings revealed that Textbooks were the most used resources followed by other resources like Dictionaries, Handbooks and Manuals, Newspapers and Magazines and the Internet. Results also show that majority of the students strongly agreed that the "Use of Library" class encouraged them to develop more interest in making use of the library and also helped improve their reading habits. Also, findings indicated that the library lending services, photocopy, and library orientation services are very beneficial to the students. It was recommended that the academic library management should improve on the user training, as well as infrastructure and Internet facilities to cater for the information needs of all target groups.

Published
2021-05-27