An Empirical Investigation into the Utilization of Information Resources by Academic Staff in Some Selected Tertiary Institutions in Kebbi State, Nigeria


Authors : SHUAIBU, Mukhtar; ALIYU, Ibrahim

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7749649

Academic Libraries are very vital to the tertiary education system because of their support to education in general. It plays an important role in the teaching and learning process. This research work will therefore investigate the utilization of information resources by academic staff in some selected tertiary institutions in Kebbi state. The specific objectives of the study are to find out the level of availability of information resources in the institutions, and determine the extent of use of the materials by the academic staff. It is also to find out the factors that hinder the use of available information resources and make recommendations for improvement of library use. Five research questions will be formulated to guide the study. The study will employ the use of survey research design. The population of this study was 278 out of which 225 were sampled using Krejcie-and Morgan table of determining sample size. The instrument used for data collection was structured questionnaire and the Statistical tool used was frequency counts simple percentage. Data collected for the study was analyzed using SPSS version 2.0. The 225 questionnaire administered were all retrieved from the respondents. This was achieved due to the sufficient time given for the respondents to fill the instrument and with the aid of research assistants used some of which are domicile in the institutions under study. The major findings of the study are that there are adequate library resources in the library of tertiary institutions in Kebbi State and that lecturers use the library mainly for consultation of books and reference materials. They also use it for research purpose and borrowing of books. Furthermore, lecturers utilized books more than other sources of information. A number of recommendations were put forward for improvement of library use but the most prominent suggestion was that more up to date and relevant information sources should be acquired for the library. Additional professional and para-professional library staff should be employed by the respective academic libraries. The staff found in the libraries as at the time of research was few and overstretched and more funds should be approved for the libraries to enable them meet up with all its financial obligations.

Keywords : Investigation, Utilization, Information Resources, Availability, Academic Staff, Tertiary Institutions, Patrons

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