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Value, Impact and Outcome of Library User Education: A Post Freshmen Study in a Nigerian Tertiary Institution

Author Affiliations

  • 1 University Library, University of Uyo, Uyo, NIGERIA

Res. J. Library Sci., Volume 3, Issue (3), Pages 1-7, April,21 (2015)

Abstract

At entry into higher institutions, most new students-intakes lack basic library and literacy skill, as such they require some form of orientation in this regard. The library at University of Uyo (UNIUYO) Nigeria, like most academic libraries organizes related activities at formal and informal level. This necessitated a post impact survey by the researcher who served as a liaison librarian for the Arts faculty, conducted on 100 second year students from the faculty who had undergone the library Instruction programme in their first year. A structured questionnaire was randomly administered to them and results showed that 74% knew how to effectively use the catalogue. 80% also agreed that the course had enhanced their knowledge of library use skills though some of the respondents 27% indicated that they do not use the University library at all. However, 58% affirmed using the library much more than at previous when the course was not taught. With regards to the most understood library instruction module, ‘locating books through catalogue use’ ranked highest. These findings generally ascertain the credibility and functional benefits of the library user education course. This paper therefore recommends similar research on other faculties and factors which could be responsible for non-library use.

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