Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the perception of library resources and utilization among tertiary institution students in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Library is the bedrock of academic excellence in our society today. However, within many professions, associations, and organizations etc. are known to store and disseminate information, but the most important system that is efficient to this respect is the library. To achieve aim of this study, four hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Literature was reviewed in line with the variables under study. Expost-facto research design was adopted for the study. A sample of 600 respondents was drawn for the study. Two researcher-made questionnaire instruments titled “Perception of Library Resources and Utilization Questionnaire” (PLRUQ) were used for data collection. Reliability indices ranging from 0.73-0.83 were achieved for the study using Chronbach Alpha Reliability. Data collected were analyzed using Independent t-test Statistical Analysis.
All the hypotheses were tested at 0.5 level of significance. The results showed that, print resources (t = 7.935), e-resources (t = 13.2 17), audiovisual resources (t = 9.3 19) and reference resources (t = 8.121) significantly influenced utilization of library resources. Based on the above findings, it was recommended among others that, management in collaboration with government should make sure required textbooks and print information resources are well stocked in the shelves of libraries. Internet services should be improved in the study area. And make available computers with robust internet connectivity to students for their research work; also students should not be prevented from using audiovisual materials in libraries because students learn better with these resources as it deals with the senses of sight and sound. Perception Of Library Resources And Utilization Among Tertiary Institution Students In Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
Peter Hezekiah Lawson (Sir Pee). The CEO of Sir Pee Integrated Services and www.libraryguru.com and www.projectvilla.com.ng. A reputable researcher, ICT Instructor and a publisher of many research works in Education.