Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students


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1.1       Background to the Study

The issue of librarianship in education is becoming more important than before, particularly at this period when most parents can no longer purchase textbooks and other reading materials for their children. In addition, government textbooks are not only rare but very expensive. Consequently, the library provides alternate resource materials for the intellectual growth of the students in the learning of government.

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The academic library has been described as the heart of the learning community, providing a place for students and faculties to do their research and advance their knowledge. The library serves as a building for practical collection, through the use of the classification scheme and the proper consultation of Atlases, Bibliographies, Dictionaries, Yearbooks, Concordance, Almanacs, Directories, etc.

It is often argued that every hour of lecture received by a student should be complemented by at least two hours of study time using the library. Oyinloye (2001).

Lance, Rodney and Hamilton-Pennell (2000) undertook a study on the impact of school library programme and information literacy on students’ achievement. They found out that students in school with library resources and full time librarians performed at high levels than students in school with minimal or no library resources. Azubuike (2006) reported that a good library that is adequately staffed resourced and funded could lead to higher student’s achievement regardless of the socio-economic or educational levels of the parents.

It is no longer news at this digital age that many libraries are connected to the internet or have plans to get connected soon. This makes things easier for teaching and learning to take place. The rapid growths of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are said to be changing the way academic libraries operate today. It has been pointed out that academic libraries collections are not longer collections comprised almost entirely of print materials, but collections of materials in multiple formats and media. Budd (2004)

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Information technologies such as computers, multi-media, and CD-Rom are bringing unprecedented abilities to academic libraries in providing services and resources to the academic community. Ogunrombi (2005).

The library can serve educational role by the provision of learning resources, providing both immediate access to knowledge and practice in the use of knowledge and practice in the use of knowledge resources, for instance, reading.

This chapter therefore focuses its attention on understanding how imperative it is to control the flow of information in order to enhance an efficient and reliable system for knowledge circulation among the students.

Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students

1.2       Statement of the Problem

The importance of utilization of library resources in the learning of government cannot be over-emphasized. The main aim of providing quality services in libraries is to stimulate and sustain user’s satisfaction in the utilization of library resources.

The library offers abundant resource of evidence books and articles, giving facts, historical accounts, statistics, anecdotes, observations and expert judgment. But the library information sources one needs are hidden and escape detection because they are among other information. As such, there is need to acquire the relevant skills needed to explore and exploit the library and its information sources to the fullest. It has been observed that students meet frustration information search as a result of inadequate knowledge on how to use the library’s own catalogue, indexes, reference works and other skills and techniques required for effective utilization of library resources.

It is also observed that students who are not given library assignments do not make use of the library resources but depends solely on reading the teacher’s notebooks or the very few recommended class texts. As such students fail to monitor and follow the trend of knowledge generation in their subject area. This study therefore examines the effective utilization of library resources and students academic performance.

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Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students

Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students

Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students

Utilization Of School Library Resources By Secondary School Students

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