Challenges of Utilizing Library Resources by Students in College of Education, Agbor

Okonoko Vera N., AtandaSaliu Sambo & Brume-Ezewu G. Ejiro

Abstract


This study examine the challenges of utilizing college library resources by the students in college of education, Agbor. In carrying out this study four research questions were posed. The study sample population comprised 1,325 (2016/2017) registered users of the library. The instrument used for data collection in this study was questionnaire. Research questions were answered using frequency count and percentages. Findings reveals that 68% were female while 32% were male. Textbooks topped the highest consulted materials 99%; follows by theses/ dissertations 92%, journals 73% and reference materials 68%, computers 67%, newspapers/magazines 52% among others. Major challenges encountered were lack of internet facility, insufficient professional librarians, inadequate funding, lack of photocopying services, inadequate relevant materials, inadequate functional ICT facilities, lack of user’s education, unconducive state of the library, lack of awareness of the library resources, poor state of library collections and poor reading environment. Recommendations were made such as administration must sure that the least require for academic libraries should be adhered to; Management should provide funds and committee should be enact to oversee the uses of the funds for the major purpose, more professional librarians should be employ for effective and efficiency service delivery, authority should provide photocopying machine within the library environment to facilitate effective service delivery, Internet should be provided among others.


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