International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Students’ attitude towards the use of reference and information services (RIS) in academic Libraries in Nigeria

Ifeka E. Okeke1, Lucky U.  Oghenetga2 and Ezemba C. Nwabu3
1Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University –Awka, Nigeria. 2Department of Library and Information Science, Madonna University, Okija, Nigeria. 3Department of Library and Information Science, Federal Polytechnic, Oko,  Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 10 September 2013
  •  Published: 30 November 2013


The research is on students’ attitude towards the use of reference and information services (RIS) in academic libraries Nigeria. Specific purposes include determining the electronic reference available for reference librarians to render effective and efficient services to users, types of reference materials in use in academic libraries in Nigeria and find out problems that hinder effective reference and information services. The work is limited to four academic libraries in Anambra State namely Nnamdi Azikiwe University- Awka, Anambra State University- Uli,  Federal Polytechnic –Oko, And Madonna University-Okija-Anambra State. Relevant literatures were reviewed. The population of the study is fifty users, each from institution. A survey method was used. Questionnaire, interview, observation and checklist are instruments used for gathering information. Findings show that students do not make proper use of reference services and sources due to stocked obsolete materials and inexperienced staff in this section. Recommendations include making available enough fund, trained staff, user education programme for students and the provision of e-library for use by students.

Key words: Reference information services, library resources, attitude of students.