Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
User Awareness and Usability of Research Support Platforms amongst undergraduates at Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) in Ghana
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The study examined the awareness and usability of online library research support platforms among undergraduate students at Kumasi Technical University in Ghana. 126 respondents were sampled and respectively drawn from all the seven faculties that consist of the student population. A descriptive survey method was employed to obtain data from the various faculties using a questionnaire. Analysis of data gathered was carried out using Statistical Product and Service Solution (SPSS), version 20 and excel 2016 for descriptive statistics using percentages. The results revealed that the majority of the students were not aware of the online library research support platforms available at the university library. They could not state the online library research support platforms they recently used at the university library or outside the university library. Also, the frequency at which they used the research platforms were not inspiring. It was further established that the research platforms were not easy to be used by undergraduate students. However, some of the respondents were satisfied with the research platforms and found them to be user-friendly. The study recommends that University Library should consider new ways of creating awareness to attract the new generation of students into the university library. For instance, introduce multimedia technologies that shall allow students to interact, create many open spaces with internet cables where other technological equipment and devices can be connected.