Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Influence of Electronic Information Resources Utilization on Academic Performance of Hnd Students in Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Influence of Electronic Information Resources Utilization on Academic Performance of Hnd Students in Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri

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Introduction

The introduction and advanced use of information and communication technologies over the years have brought the digitalization, reformation and transformation of libraries into electronic information service systems. This scenario has brought radical changes in the way information is gathered, assembled and utilized in today's libraries by the users. This is given also that the advancement in computer application to information processing has increased the availability of electronic information resources, and services in today's academic libraries. The development and availability of the Internet service has contributed to increasing the impact that information has on people by placing vast information resources at people's door steps (Odumegwu, 2014). For example, many libraries now have print versions and also subscribe to electronic full-text versions of materials online.

Isiakpona & Ifijeh (2012) noted that availability of electronic resources in libraries does not necessarily imply its usage because the source may be available but access to use is prevented for many reasons. Therefore strategies are being made globally to promote the accessibility and usage of the electronic information resources in all formats and forms by improving on the deficiencies and features of underdevelopment such as power failure, machines breakdowns, lack of spare parts, and technicians which intermittently stall the performance of the modern gadget of information storage and transfer in developing countries like Nigeria. In order to properly access and utilize the ever growing range of electronic information resources, students, scholars and users must acquire and practice the skills necessary to exploit them. Tyagi (2011) argued that the ability to use electronic information resources efficiently depends on basic computer skills, knowledge of what is available and how to use it, and ability to define a search problem. How students attain the skills and knowledge needed to utilize Electronic Information Resources effectively for academic purposes could depend on many factors, such as their disciplines, academic and financial status, interest, and training, among others. This factor could potentially impinge on a student's placing in his or her academic pursuit and performance.

According to the Cambridge University Report (2003), academic performance is the performance level in examination and major modules, as well as the outcome of education, and also the extent to which a student, teacher or institution has achieved their educational goals. It refers to how students deal with their studies and how they cope with or accomplish different tasks given to them by their teachers. In educational institutions, success is measured by academic performance, or how well a student meets standards set out by the institution. Academic performance can be measured in several ways such as examinations, class assignment, test, group seminar, and many others.

Fleetwood & Shelley (2000) aver that aacademically successful students will have more employment opportunities than those with less education. Furthermore, the number of jobs requiring a college education is expected to grow more than twice as fast as those not requiring a college education over the next ten to twenty years. Beyond work and wages, Brown (1999) discussing from the American point of view suggest that academic success is important because the working class will need higher levels of education to tackle the technologically demanding occupations of the future.

The utilization of Electronic Information Resources can be useful tool to enhancing a student's academic performances. The usefulness of EIR to academic performances of students could depend on a lot of already mentioned factors, but specifically the approach of the students to its integration to their studies. How one utilizes electronic information resources largely determines whether the tool is beneficial to one's academic performance or proves detrimental instead. …

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