UTILIZATION OF PRINT AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN NIGER STATE


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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page
Abstract
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
1.2       Statement of the Problem
1.3       Research Questions
1.4       Objectives of the Study
1.5       Significance of the Study
1.6       Scope of the Study
1.7       Limitations of the Study
1.8       Operational Definition of Terms
References

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1       Introduction
2.2.      Concept of Library
2.3       Theoretical and Conceptual Framework
2.4       Available Print and Electronic Information Resources in University Libraries
2.5       Print and Electronic Information Services in University Libraries
2.6       Utilization of Print and Electronic Information resources and Services in University Libraries
2.7       Challenges of Utilization of Print and Electronic Information resources and Services in University Libraries
2.8       Summary of the Review
References

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1       Introduction
3.2       Research Method Adopted for the Study
3.3       Population of the Study
3.4       Sample and Sampling Procedure
3.5       Instrument for Data Collection
3.6       Procedure for Data Collection
3.7       Procedure for Data Presentation and Analysis
References

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION
4.1       Introduction
4.2       Response Rate and Demographic Analysis of the Respondents
4.2.1    Gender of Respondents
4.2.2    Academic Level of Respondents
4.3       Descriptive Analysis of Responses to Research Questions
4.3.1    Print and Electronic Information Resources Available in the University Libraries for Undergraduate Students Use
4.3.2    Print and Electronic Information Services Available and provided in the University Libraries for Undergraduate Students Use in Niger State
4.3.3    Extent of Satisfaction with Utilization of Print and Electronic Information Services
4.4       Factors that Influence the Choice of Information Resource
4.5       Purpose of Information Resource Use
4.6       Challenges of Utilization of Print and Electronic Information Resources
4.7       Suggestion for Improvement in Information Resources and Services
References

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION, RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1       Introduction
5.2       Summary of the Study
5.3       Summary of Major Findings
5.4       Conclusions
5.5       Recommendations
5.6       Suggestions for further research
Bibliography
Appendices



ABSTRACT


This research work on “Utilization of Print and Electronic Information Resources and Services by Undergraduate Students of University Libraries in Niger State” was conducted to find out the available print and electronic information resources and services and their utilization by undergraduate students in university libraries in Niger State; Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai. The 200 level, 300 level and 400 level students of 2012/2013 session of the two universities constituted the population of the study. The total population of the undergraduate students of the two universities was 16, 455 and one percent of this population was sampled for the study. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. The questionnaire were administered to the 165 undergraduate students out of which number, 126 (76.36%) duly completed and returned their copies which were used for analysis. The researcher used survey research method and closed questionnaire was designed and used for data collection. Descriptive statistical technique was used to analyze the data while tables and figures were used to aid clarity and understanding. The finding shows that majority of information resources in the university libraries were printed materials. This was indicated by high responses recorded for printed information resources such as textbooks (100%), encyclopedia (94.44%), Journals and newspapers (92.86%) each. The finding also revealed that printed information materials were highly patronized by undergraduate students. Computer related services such as Internet access, down loading, e-Books and printing were also rated high. The finding also shows that undergraduate students were satisfied with some of the print information services such as book borrowing, public access catalogue and bindery services. Some of the factors that influenced the choice of information resource type included fastness and currency and content of the information resource. The purpose of using information resources included assignment (100%), examinations (77.78%) and research (65.87%). It was also found out that undergraduate students faced challenges in using both print and electronic information resources and services. These include lack of awareness of information resources, obsolete books and relevant books. Other challenges included unstable Internet connectivity, lack of awareness of available resources, very slow network and constant power failure. Suggestions were offered on how to generally improve information resources. Finally, some recommendations were made to overcome the challenges, to provide print and value added electronic information resources for undergraduate students use.




CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1  Background to the Study

There are different types of libraries and their aims and objectives are determined by the

organization they are established to serve. The concept of librarianship is based on provision of relevant, accurate and timely information services for the purpose of utilization by the clientele to achieve the objectives of their institutions. University libraries (academic libraries) are established in academic institutions to provide information resources and services to meet the information needs of the clientele (staff and students). Libraries established to provide information resources and services to support teaching, learning and research in academic institutions such as universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other similar institutions are referred to as academic libraries. Abubakar (2011) opined that academic libraries are at the forefront of providing information services to their respective communities which comprise of students, lecturers, and researchers to support teaching, learning and research.

To further give credence to the importance of libraries to academics, Weiner (2005) asserted that responsiveness to students and faculty needs, quality of service, and resilience is the hallmark of academic libraries. It is the core mandate of university libraries to acquire information resources (print and electronic) to provide information services to aid teaching and learning of undergraduate students. The undergraduate students constitute the largest set of university library users and they require different types of information resources (print and electronic) from university libraries to meet their information needs in all the programmes.....

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