Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A critical Appraisal of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competency Among Library Users in Private University Libraries in Edo State, Nigeria.
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This study appraised ICT competency among library users in private university libraries in Edo State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study while structured questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. Data were collected from all the four National Universities Commission (NUC)-accredited universities in Edo State, Nigeria: Igbinedion University, Okada; Benson Idahosa University, Benin; Wellspring University, Benin and Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa. The population of the study which is 4,224 was made up of all registered users of the private university libraries for 2018/19 academic session. A sample size of 400 library users which represented 9.5% was used for the study. However, of the 400 questionnaires circulated, 364 questionnaires (91%) were retrieved and found useable for the study. Data collected were analyzed using frequency table and percentages and graphical representation of tables. The findings reveal that most library users in private university libraries in Edo State, Nigeria are familiar with the use of some ICT devices and also competent in using the ICT devices for searching for information in the university libraries. However, the study further reveals that majority of library users in private university libraries in Edo State are not competent in the use of e-resources platforms (Ebscohost, Research4life, Jstor, etc) available in the university libraries. It is therefore recommended that Management of private university libraries should continue to acquire more ICT devices for the library users and train them to enhance their knowledge in the usage of e-resources platforms.