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: 232

Article in Press

Assessing the effectiveness of user education in meeting undergraduate students’ information needs in university libraries in Benue State, Nigeria

Dzenda Lushima, Audu Patricia Oomo, Nanakaan Ernest Terungwa, Nwafornso Theresa and Ugela Terhemba

  •  Received: 01 August 2019
  •  Accepted: 29 October 2019
The study assessed the effectiveness of user education in meeting undergraduate students’ information needs in university libraries in Benue State, Nigeria. The study adopted a survey research design. The population for the study comprised of 4058 library registered third year students in the three universities in Benue State for the 2017/2018 session. The sample size for the study was 364 students who were selected using proportionate stratified random sampling technique. The instrument employed for data collection was a self constructed structured questionnaire validated by experts. Data was collected and analyzed using Means and Standard Deviation. The study found that, the undergraduate students in universities in Benue State are exposed to several contents of user education programs in line with the objective of the programme. The finding also revealed that user education programmes taught in the universities have been effective in meeting undergraduate students’ information needs. Students can effectively and efficiently use library information resources as a result of their exposure to user education. The study concluded that user education is indispensable in meeting undergraduate students’ information needs in universities. The study recommendations that, User education is pertinent in meeting students information needs and hence concerted efforts should be made by librarians to encourage students participation in it as it would equip them with necessary skills to succeed in their academic pursuit.

Keywords: University, University Library and User Education