Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



The study investigated the factors that will lead to the enhancement of the availability and utilization of library information services among Social Science researchers in the Federal university libraries in south-south Nigeria. Two research questions were formulated to guide the study which employed descriptive research design. The study population comprised five hundred and fourty-six researchers of lecturers and postgraduate students. Census method was used to include the entire population considered manageable. Three experts validated the Instrument which was found reliable with an overall average reliability co-efficient of 0.88. Four Federal Universities in South-South Nigeria were studied namely the Universities of Benin, Calabar, Port Harcourt and Uyo. Eight library information services were studied:- lending reference, interlibrary, lending, current awareness, selective dissemination of information, photocopying, information communication technology (ICT) and literature search services. Data collection was by questionnaire which was self designed titled "Availability and utilization of Library Information Services among Social Science Researchers in the Federal University libraries in South-South Nigeria. The mean was used to answer research questions whereas the hypothesis was tested using regression analysis at the probability level of 0.05 some findings were made which includes that, attending workshops, conferences and in-service training by researchers and library staff can enhance utilization of the services, and funding by the Federal government can enhance service availability. It was recommended that the Federal government should make funds available to it's universities to procure facilities that will help the services in the university libraries.