Availability and Use of Library Resources by Distance Learning Students in National Open University of Nigeria

Ogunmodede Thomas. A, Omolabi Ibrahim B, Akinola John O & Oyetola Solomon O

Education is provided through formal and informal means. In formal settings, the conventional (face-to-face school instruction) and distance education (offered with separation in terms of physical location of instructions and students) have been used to provide educational opportunities to recipients. Distance learning in Nigeria has facilitated access to education by more adults that could not have had the opportunity for the conventional type. A well established library is essential for any academic institution and as a focal point for teaching, learning and research, it is expected to provide standard information resources. It is on this basis that this study investigates availability and use of library resources by distance learning students in National Open University of Nigeria, Ibadan Study Centre.

Two hundred and sixty (260) questionnaires were drawn and administered to respondents out of which two hundred and twenty nine (229) copies were recovered and analyzed making a response rate of 88.07%. The descriptive research design survey was used for this study. Two research questions as well as one hypothesis were tested at 0.05 level of significance.

The result of the findings shows that library resources at the National Open University of Nigeria, Ibadan Study Centre are inadequate and thus might account for the respondents not using it. The findings also show that there is significant relationship between the availability of library resources and use. The study is concluded by recommending that the efforts be made to acquire specific information resources needed by users and that the centre authorities should work with other libraries inform of inter-library co-operation so as to cater for the needs of the students.

Keywords – Information, Information use, Undergraduates, National Open University, Nigeria.

DOI : 10.26761/IJRLS.6.1.2020.1305        DOI URL: https://doi.org/10.26761/ijrls.6.1.2020.1305


Cite This Article As: Ogunmodede, T. A., Omolabi, I. B, Akinola, J. O. & Oyetola, S. O. (2020). Availability and Use of Library Resources by Distance Learning Students in National Open University of Nigeria. International Journal of Research in Library Science (IJRLS), 6(1),162-173. www.ijrls.in

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