Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Impact of Electronic Information Resources on the Reading Habits of Library Users at Osun State University, Nigeria
Electronic Information Resources otherwise known as Electronic Resources (ERs) is a global platform for information delivery, especially in the teaching and learning environment. This work investigates the impact ERs could have in revamping the dwindling reading culture among the students of Osun State University. The quantitative method was adopted through the use of a survey. A random sampling technique was used to select 388 respondents as the sample size from the total population of users. A predetermined structured questionnaire was deployed as the instrument of gathering data for the research study, administered to the selected respondents, returned and the data obtained therefrom were subsequently analyzed with simple frequency counts and percentages. Findings indicate that majority of the students utilize ERs to secure success in examinations and as well upgrade their level of information and knowledge. Similarly, e-journals and magazines, e-books, and e-newspapers constitute the information materials sought by the clients while poor internet connectivity, power outage, and insufficient workstations are hindrances to full utilization of ERs. Also, the paper identifies the potency of the ERs to enhance the reading habits of the students, especially when synergized with the role of parents and friends.