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Title:Library use in distance learning: a survey of undergraduates in three Nigerian universities
Author:Mabawonku, IyaboISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:university libraries
distance education
Abstract:The library is an important tool for individuals' intellectual development. In particular, academic libraries often contain the core resources for research, teaching and learning. This study focuses on the use of library and information resources by distance learning (part-time) students of three Nigerian universities - Lagos, Ibadan and Ilorin. The randomly selected students were in 300-500 levels in the faculties running the programmes. The questionnaire and observation methods were used for data collection. The findings revealed that the arrangements for students to use libraries need to be improved. Less than half of the respondents used their main university libraries regularly. Some respondents indicated that they used the departmental libraries and other libraries outside the campus mainly for reading their personal books. The students hardly used reference and electronic resources. Also, the majority of the students received no library use instructions. Thus, a student could graduate without having used libraries. The study recommends that universities need to make provision for students to access library and information resources and provide necessary training on information sourcing to part-time, distance learning students. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]