A Survey of Information Seeking-Behavior of Academic Staff in a Nigerian University in Digital Age
Science Journal of Education
Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2015, Pages: 89-94
Received: Jul. 16, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 29, 2015; Published: Aug. 7, 2015
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Blessing Esuru Ahiauzu, University Library, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Okon Edet Ani, Library Department, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
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Abstract
The paper surveys the patterns of information-seeking behavior of academic staff in Nigeria in the emerging electronic information environment. Academic staff in Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt, Nigeria were used as respondents in the survey. Questionnaire survey was used as research method for data collection. The findings of the study have shown that, the information-seeking behavior of academic staff in RSUST is in favor of electronic information sources on the Internet, as the Internet was the most frequently used information source (31.59%), closely followed by personal contacts/collections 23.98%, workshop/conferences/seminars (23.72%) than the traditional library (20.71%). The paper recommends that, the librarians, university managements, the governments etc. must respond proactively to meet the changing information-seeking behavior of academic staff through effective development of electronic information sources – the Internet and virtual libraries in Nigerian universities for efficiency in research and sustainable national development.
Keywords
Information and Communication Technology, Information Sources, Internet, University Library, Nigeria
To cite this article
Blessing Esuru Ahiauzu, Okon Edet Ani, A Survey of Information Seeking-Behavior of Academic Staff in a Nigerian University in Digital Age, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 89-94. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20150304.14
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