Paper Title
EMERGING CHALLENGES IN INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF USERS OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN NIGERIA
Author
Ugwu E. I, Ogbu F.U & Aniekwe C. C.
Section
Arts, Language, and Communication
Abstract

The paper discusses the emerging challenges in information-seeking behavior among users of academic libraries in Nigeria.  The basic purpose of academic library is to provide sufficient information for making informed decisions by users.  The library is to support the parent institutions in areas of learning, teaching and research.  They are set up to provide services to meet the information and curricula needs of users and their parent organization.  The stand point of the paper is the need for availability of relevant library materials/resources for effective delivery of information services to users.  The importance of user education for easy retrieval of resources in the library was also emphasized.

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Introduction

            The library is central to the provision of all types of information resources that empowers societies to produce highly resourceful people to impact positively on the society.  Library is the centre of all academic activities in tertiary institutions.  It is the only laboratory that serves the varying needs of all members of the academic community (staff and students) (Attama and Ezema, 2015). Library is a repository of knowledge and contains lots of varied and useful information. Studies strongly support adequate user education for all categories of library users; the undergraduate students, graduate students, lecturers and other users for meaningful academic achievement. Attama and Ezema (2015) opined that there is a significant correlation between efficient and effective use of the library and academic achievement. Every library no matter the type is established to render services to its users. It is the duty of the librarian with his staff to provide these services to the readers with the available resources. A library may be well stocked with information resources, yet the users are starved of information. This may be caused by either lack of vibrant access policy or poor user information seeking behavior.  Library materials/resources should be available to be used by users. A library is made big not by the number of its books, but by its use. A few books kept continuously in active use form a library than millions of books kept largely locked in the cupboards of monumental building (Assa and Uzoegbu, 2013). Libraries must make their materials accessible to users.  Information services in the library involve in-dept analysis of intellectual contents of literature of specialized subject areas and its systematic organization and dissemination in form of bibliographies, indexes, abstracts review journals, current content including indexing journals.  The increasing use of modern information technologies has greatly improved the speed with which information services are provided to readers. (Attama and Ezema, 2013).  The academic library collections must reflect the subject interests of the institutions.  It must also be adequate in terms of quality, quantity and variety (Hameed, 2010).  The library does this through useful selection and acquisition of relevant and current materials.

 

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