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THE INFLUENCE OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AND STUDENTS LIBRARY USAGE

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ABSTRACT
This research was on ascertaining the influence of electronic resources and students library usage .The research was geared towards determining the extent of which electronic resources and students library is available in university libraries and also the extent at which they are used for service delivery. In conducting this research the survey research method was adopted. Interestingly, out of the two hundred and fifty eight (258) professional librarians in seventeen(17) universities in south-south Nigeria that made up the population for the study, only two hundred and twenty-three (223) professional librarians from eleven (11)university libraries were sampled and used for the research using purposive sampling technique. Questionnaire and the Observation checklist data collection instruments were used to the research. Descriptive statistical method of mean and standard deviation was used to analyze the research questions, while inferential statistical method of z-test was used to analyze the formulated hypothesis. The research instruments were personally administered and retrieved by the researcher. Response rate was high as one hundred and seventy-three (173) data collection tool was returned and found useable. Findings revealed that electronic information resources are available in university libraries. Furthermore, findings showed that these available Electronic Information Resources (EIR) are not adequately applied to the services being rendered by librarians to their patrons. Similarly, the research findings showed that EIR availability and use in university libraries influence library services. Furthermore, it was revealed that male and female (librarians) could use EIR for service delivery in libraries, this is as hypothesis one (1) was accepted because the calculated z. 0.34 was less than (<) z. critical or significant value of .73. In addition, hypothesis two (2) was rejected, meaning that the working experience of a librarian is a determining factor in handling the challenges to EIR availability and use in libraries; this is so as the calculated z. 3.12 is greater than (>) z. critical of .002. The research was able to prove that accuracy in information service delivery, independence of library users and speed in service delivery are perceived benefits of EIR availability and use in libraries. However, the research recommended among others that library management should constantly sensitize institutional heads and management, i.e Vice- chancellors, Deans, Provost, Bursars, Registrars etc on the need for the acquisition of EIR, training and re-training of library staff in line with modern day library activities and functions etc.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents Page No
Title Page – – – – – – – – – – i
Approval Page – – – – – – – – – – ii
Certification Page – – – – – – – – iii
Dedication Page – – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgments Page – – – – – – – – v
Abstract Page – – – – – – – – – vi
Table of Contents – – – – – – – – vii
List of Tables – – – – – – – – – x
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Background to the Study – – – – – – – – 1
Statement of the Problem – – – – – – – – 9
Purpose of the study – – – – – – – – 10
Research Questions – – – – – – – – 11
Research Hypotheses – – – – – – – – – 11
Significance of the Study – – – – – – – – – 11
Scope of the study – – – – – – – – – 13
CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF LITERATURE
Conceptual Framework – – – – – – – – 14
– Concept and Development of Electronic Information Resources – – – 15
– Concept of Services Delivery- – – – – – – – 27
– Availability of Electronic Information Resources in Libraries – – – 23
– Use of Electronic Information Resources in Academic Libraries – – – 28
– Impact of Electronic Information Resources on Library Services and Functions- – 34
– Hindrances to Electronic Resource Availability and Use in Libraries – – – 41
– Schematic Diagram showing Relationship between Variables of the study and
Conceptual Framework – – – – – – – – 48
Theoretical Framework of the Study – – – – – – 49
– Ranganathan, R, S Laws of Librarianship – – – – – – 49
– Activity Theory (AT)- – – – – – – – – 52
Review of Related Empirical Literature – – – – – – 54
Summary of Literature Review – – – – – – – – 61
CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHOD – – – – 64
Research Design – – – – – – – – – 64
Area of the Study – – – – – – – – – 65
Population of the study- – – – – – – – – 65
Sample and Sampling Technique – – – – – – – 66
Instruments for Data Collection – – – – – – – 66
Validation of the Instrument – – – – – – – – 68
Reliability of the Instrument – – – – – – – – 68
Method of Data Collection – – – – – – – – 69
Method of Data Analysis – – – – – – – – 69
CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA – – 70
Descriptive Analysis of Data – – – – – – – 71
Research Question One – – – – – – – – 71
Research Question Two – – – – – – – – – 74
Research Question Three – – – – – – – – 76
Research Question Four – – – – – – – – 78
Research Question Five – – – – – – – – 80
Research Question Six – – – – – – – – 81
Research Question Seven – – – – – – – – 82
Inferential Analysis of Data – – – – – – – – 83
Hypothesis One – – – – – – – – – 83
Hypothesis Two – – – – – – – – – – 84
Hypothesis Three – – – – – – – – – – 84
Summary of Findings – – – – – – – – 85
CHAPTER FIVE: DISCUSSION OF RESULT, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Discussion of Findings – – – – – – – – 86
Implications of Study – – – – – – – – – 101
Recommendations – – – – – – – – – 102
Limitations – – – – – – – – – – 103
Suggestions for Further Research – – – – – – – 1o4
Conclusion – – – – – – – – – – 104
References – – – – – – – – – – 106
Appendices – – – – – – – – – – 119-37

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