Information Sources Available and Accessible for Academic Staff in Tertiary Institutions in Katsina State, Nigeria
Keywords:Information Sources, Information Access, Academic Staff
This study looks at the information sources available and accessible to academic staff in tertiary institutions in Katsina State, Nigeria. The study used a cross-sectional survey research technique and had two research aims. In Katsina State, there were eleven (11) tertiary institutions with 1,691 teaching faculty. A sample of 182 people was drawn using a proportionate sampling method. Data was collected through questionnaires, which were then analyzed using frequency tables. The study discovered, among other things, that books are available in most tertiary institutions. It is apparent that academic institutions in Katsina State have a scarcity of photographic, video, and eBook resources. Meanwhile, the results suggest that the instructors under investigation had greater access to some sorts of information sources, such as books and reference materials, compared to other types of information sources. Based on the study’s findings, more finances should be allocated to libraries by their universities so that they can secure additional information resources and subscriptions to internet databases for successful teaching and research. Libraries affiliated with state tertiary institutions should provide alternative information sources, including as audio, video, pictures, and eBooks, more freely available and accessible for optimal accessibility and use.
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