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

Information seeking behaviour of faculty and use of the internet at Gulu university library

UKECH SUSAN and ACHANA SUSAN OTTO

  •  Received: 07 May 2019
  •  Accepted: 03 September 2019
The Study investigated the Information Seeking Behaviour of faculty and use of the Internet at Gulu University Library. A Total of 218 Faculty from five existing faculties and one Institute participated. The data collection instrument consisted of questionnaires. The findings revealed that the majority of faculty make considerable use of e-resources for teaching and research. Self-rating of information seeking skills is good regarding search engines, Internet browsers, searching electronic journals and using basic search interfaces. Slight preference in seeking for electronic information resources than print information resources. The majority of faculty make use of the Internet and the major points of access are wireless Hotspots, personal modems and access provided in the main library (Local Area Network). The most searched for Internet information resources are reference materials, e-journals, newspapers and magazines. The most frequently used search engines as Google scholar. Low usage of the Internet for information seeking was due to slow Internet speed and unreliable Internet connections. The Gaps identified in the Gulu University Library service were: the absence of a library website, inadequate current textbooks and inadequate funds for e-resources subscription. Recommendations to, develop proper marketing strategies for promoting e-resources usage, library website visible, increase bandwidth, adopt a collection development policy, integrate information literacy training in the course curriculums at Gulu University.

Keywords: Information seeking behavior, Internet, Faculty, University Library, Information seeking