Availability and Use of Internet-based Library Services among Lecturers in Selected Polytechnics in Ogun State Nigeria.

Author:John, Henry C.
 
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INTRODUCTION

The Internet has become a vital tool in teaching, research and learning process in Nigeria higher institutions and across the whole world. It is assumed that lecturers in polytechnics solemnly rely on the use of Internet to access varieties of information resources available for their class teaching preparation, receives updates on current trend in their field of interest or professionalism and also communicate with their students to promote teaching and learning. The primary aim of academic libraries is to provide access to information in various formats, which ranges from printed and non-printed sources, such as audio-visual materials, film, computerized/machine readable materials, web based resources and e-resources and many other. Inadequate provision or availability of this library resources may however have negative effects on the academic activities of lecturers and students learning outcome, which may lead to academic frustration (John, Eti, & Ukangwa, 2015).

As the pace of global change has increased, so has our need for learning. Consider the tremendous changes in both the amount and variety of information resources, as well as great change in technology that has affects our lives from education to communication and health. Higher education has an important role to play through its graduates who provide leadership roles in education as researchers, teachers, consultants and managers, that will create and apply new knowledge and innovations, and who should provide analytical perspectives on development problems and service to public and private sectors. The word Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the technology used for handling information, including multi media and the internet, and devices such as video, cameras and mobile telephones. The present high expectation for effective information service delivery by well- informed users of University libraries across the globe has created a lot of pressures on the library personnel to as a matter of necessity be ICT literates (John, Izang & Akorede, 2015).

Research has indicated that most users tend to begin their information searches via the internet, using various search engine such as Google, Wikipedia etc. rather than using WebPAC or Card catalogue in the library. For such users, a visit to their library is unnecessary and a waste of precious time. This has led to a great challenge in the academic libraries It is in this vain that this study therefore seeks to investigate the Availability and Use of Internet Base Library Services among Lecturers in Selected Polytechnic in Ogun State, Nigeria

Research Questions

The following research questions will be answered in this study;

  1. What types of internet-based resources are available to lecturer in the state under study?

  2. What is the purpose of using internet based resources by the lecturer in the state under study?

  3. What are the challenges faced in using the available internet based resources?

Significance of the study

The significance of this study is to make recommendations to other scholars who might want to pursue further the concerns or dimension that will be raised in this study. More so, it will sensitize the institution and problems experienced by the lecturer's using the internet based library services in getting their information resources from the internet, and recommending possible solutions to such problems. It will lead to the improvement of lecturer's use of the Internet based library services in retrieving information resources, which will lead to greater satisfaction and productivity.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Emergence of internet has propelled the ideal medium through which knowledge and information can be generated, processed, conserved and disseminated effectively and efficiently worldwide. The library as a growing organism according to the last laws of Ranganathan (1931) is still one of many institutions changing in the face of technological advances. With its wealth of data and information-sharing capabilities, web is a natural complement to traditional library services. The inherent character of the web offers many advantages and improvements for library services including the ability to hyperlink to other resources, use of a graphical interface, and access for remote users. Internet based Library services means that library users can obtain services whenever they need them and other databases are accessible twenty four hours per day from anywhere on campus.

Jagboro (2004) observed that internet appearance in higher education was used as a tool for researchers to communicate and share project data. In support of this Bavakutty, & Salih, (1999); Fasae & Aladeniyi (2010); Bolarinwa, Aladeniyi, Ayodele & Arikawe...

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