In this present day and age, information retrieval and dissemination has improved drastically with the help of information, communication and technology (ICT). Hence, users don't necessarily come physically to the library to use the print resources (e.g. books, journals, magazine, etc) but they can access these same resources in electronic form via the internet in their offices, homes, schools, etc. With advances in ICT and e-publishing, online databases, such as Emerald insight, Ebscohost, TEEEL, Science Direct, Oare Sciences, Hinari, Academic Search Premier, online public access catalogue (OPAC), CD-ROMs, e-journals, e-books collections on various subjects, etc., can be accessed and help overcome the usual barriers of accessibility, time and space (Prangya & Rabindra, 2013; Sharma, 2009).
Johnson et al, 2012, defined electronic information resources as the electronic representation of information which can be accessed via electronic system and computer network and are available in various forms like e-books, digital libraries, online journal magazine, e-learning tutors and online test. Electronic resources can be in form of full text databases, e-journals, e-discussions, e-news, images, CD, tape, internet, web technology, data archives, e-mail, online chatting, social media, etc all of which can be accessed with the aid of a computer (Thanuskodi, 2012).
Egberongbe, 2011, stated that these electronic sources are becoming very important to the academic community. Hence, it is necessary for awareness of these information resources to be made paramount to library development in the 21st century. However, in recent years, how information is accessed, stored and disseminated is based on awareness of the changes in technology which has been dramatically altered (Tsakomas & Papatheodorou, 2006). Therefore, awareness is paramount if faculty members are to harness these resources.
Ani & Ahiauzu, 2008 stated that awareness is the knowledge about something that exists or the understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience. It can also be expressed as knowledge or perception of a situation, fact, consciousness, recognition, realization, grasp and acknowledgement concern about and well-informed interest or familiarity in a particular situation or development. (Akpojotor, 2016).
In a survey on use of digital resources by faculty and research scholars of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli carried out by Thanuskodi and Ravi (2011), the result showed that 67% of the faculty use electronic information resources.
Recently, in the area of teaching and research, use of electronic resources has yielded positive results and as a result researchers, academics and students now access information resources globally through the Internet for scholarly materials (Egberongbe, 2011; Ellis & Oldman, 2005).
It has been observed that faculty members in Nigerian universities are confronted with various challenges relating to inadequate internet facility, high cost of subscription, poor user skills, and lack of awareness amongst others in the use of e-resources. Consequently, this study seeks to explore awareness and usage of electronic information resources among faculty members of Afe Babalola University, a private university in South West Nigeria.
The broad objective of the study was an attempt to find out the awareness and utilization of electronic resources by the staff members of ABUAD. The specific objectives are to:
identify the type of e- resources used by the faculty members;
determine the purpose of using E- Resources by the faculty members;
find out the frequency of use of e-resources by the faculty members;
identify the problems faced by the respondents while using resources.
to suggest improvement measures based on the inferences drawn from the study.
Which types of e-resources are available to the faculty members?
What is/are the purpose(s) of using e-resources by the faculty members?
How frequent are the e-resources by faculty members?
What are the challenges confronting faculty members in the use of e-resources?
What are the possible solutions suggested by the...