LIBRARY EDUCATION PROGRAMME AND USERS’ ACCESSIBILITY TO INFORMATION RESOURCES IN FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC LIBRARY, EDE, NIGERIA

Dr. Aboyade, Wahab Akanmu

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Ajala, Bolanle Adewumi

Federal Polytechnic Library, Ede, Nigeria

 Aboyade, Modupeola Aduke

Department of Library and Information Science, Federal Polytechnic, Ede. Nigeria.

 

Abstract 

Library education programme in any academic library is planned to ease the work of librarians and at the same time quickens the efforts of the users in accessing and utilizing library materials. However, the aim of this programme is not felt significantly in the ways and manner students of Federal Polytechnic, Ede use library resources. To elicit responses from respondents, 1400 copies of questionnaire were distributed to both male and female students, out of which 1205(86%) were returned and found suitable for analysis. The respondents affirm library user education as being germane to the use of library materials and resources. The findings further revealed library orientation, bibliographic instruction and library tour as popular methods of library education programme. Furthermore, the respondents indicated their difficulties in accessing library resources independently due to low level of user education. In the light of the findings, the researchers recommended that the polytechnic library should improve on its library orientation programme. Also, priority should be given to the use of bibliographic aids and guides to help users in the use of library resources effectively and efficiently with minimal or no assistance. Equally, overhead projector, electronic board and Power Point should be employed in delivering library education programmes among others.

Keywords:   Library education programme, users’ accessibility, information resources,                             federal polytechnic

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