Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Students' Perception, Use and Challenges of Electronic Information Resources in Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun Library, Nigeria

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Students' Perception, Use and Challenges of Electronic Information Resources in Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun Library, Nigeria

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Introduction

The 21st century brought several challenges to the library as a service unit in tertiary institutions since much emphasis is laid on information and communication technology (ICT). The use of ICT tools in academic libraries pave the way to the use of Internet, automation systems and provision of electronic information resources in library operation and services. According to Andreou (2001), no academic library is considered as modern if it is not automated and if it does not provide some basic electronic information sources such as the OPAC, CDROMs and Internet to its students. There is a growing demand on the use of electronic information resources (EIRs) in academic libraries. This is because of its dynamic nature, interoperability and flexibility compared to print resources. EIRs also known as e-resources come in different forms such as e-book and e-journal, e-dictionaries, e-magazine among others which are accessible via CD-ROMs, e-database and the Internet. Library information resources serve an important purpose in learning, teaching and research in any academic institution of higher learning. Effort is usually made by libraries to acquire relevant information resources to meet the information needs of the library users. Library information resources are usually acquired through outright purchase or subscription and they are in both print and electronic formats. Library users usually patronize databases that are authoritative, which provides information that is up to the minute, international in scope and accessible. Availability of e-resources has changed what users actually read and use (Renwick, 2005).

EIRs are acquired in libraries to complement existing library resources and to reduce pressure on print sources. They are easily disseminated since it can be duplicated, manipulated, copied, printed, shared and disseminated among library users. Igbo and Imo (2014) stated that a major advantage of EIRs is being able to share and distribute the resource. According to Oyedapo and Ojo (2013), e-journal offers a range of potential advantages to libraries and end users.

EIRs are domiciled in CR-ROMs, computer hard disc and databases and disseminated through electronic library of a University. Most e-libraries have necessary facilities for the management, access and dissemination of EIRs. This may include power supply, information and communication technology infrastructure such as computers, networking, server, Internet access, router and modem.

The need for library users to acquire skill in searching, accessing and retrieving of information in the library cannot be overemphasized. This will increase the users' confidence and use of library resources. Bamidele, Omeluzor and Amadi (2013) advocated that that as electronic journals are fast becoming more acceptable and usage is increasing, it is pertinent for library users to attain high level of expertise or possibly learn to utilize them effectively.

Before EIRs are broadly utilized in libraries, print sources were the only means of disseminating academic information and current research findings. However, advancement in information and communication technology (ICT) enhances information services in libraries. Bamidele, Omeluzor and Amadi (2013) stated that development of information communication and technology (ICT), and its subsequent usage in the library, dissemination of most journals are electronically managed via the Internet and catalogued, accessed and retrieved from databases.

EIRs are dynamic among other library information resources. Due to its availability and accessibility in academic libraries, users' perception of the library has drastically changed. It has also increased patronage leading to provision of quality and satisfactory services to the library users. This study tends to investigate the perception, use and challenges of using electronic information resources by students of Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Nigeria. …

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