Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

2021

Abstract

School libraries are established to compliment classroom instructions through the utilisation of their information resources. However, previous studies have shown decline in the utilisation of information resources in school libraries. Thus, the study focuses investigation on availability and utilisation of library information resources by students in selected secondary schools in Ondo West Local Government Area, Ondo State. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprises of 400 students randomly selected from four secondary schools. Questionnaire was the instrument used for gathering data. The data collected were analysed using frequency and mean distribution. A total of 400 questionnaires were administered, however, 320 copies were duly filled and returned giving 80% response rate. Findings of the study revealed that the level of information resources availability was generally low. However, specifically, textbooks and reference materials were moderately available. It was also found that information resources such as textbooks, newspapers, photographs, government publications had a low level of utilisation, albeit charts had a moderate level of utilisation. Furthermore, information resources were used for the purpose of assignment, class work, general studies, personal development, relaxation, to form notes and examination preparation; however, current awareness and research were not. It was therefore, recommended that relevant stakeholders in the educational sector should ensure that every secondary school should have a functional library that is equipped with relevant information resources and a professional librarian that would manage and promote the library and their information resources utilisation.

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