Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE STUDENTS’ USE OF CELL PHONES IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA.
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This study sought information from respondents on the problems caused by the students use of cell phones in university libraries in Anambra State of Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive survey research design, that traced the history of cell phones in Nigeria. The population of 3000 registered student’s library users was studied. Sample size of 100 respondents was used. Accidental sampling technique was used to collect data. A self-constructed questionnaire, validated by two experts from the university library was used for data collection from the sampled students. The reliability of the instrument was tasted in Imo State University Library using Cronbach Alpha formula. Reliability coefficient of 0.88 was obtained. Simple percentages and frequency was used for data analysis. The results of the findings revealed that all the student’s population had cell phone, and they use cell phone mainly for communication. It was also discovered that the use of cell phone actually causes distractions in the library. Finally, students do not want a ban placed on the use of cell phones in the library. Based on the findings, recommendations include among others that the library authorities should place instructions on notice boards and some strategic places within the library banning cell phone use by students when the library is in session.