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Academic staff perception and attitude towards utilization of library resources and services in the Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa, Nigeria

James Ogom Odu, Michael Akan Afukidang

Abstract


This study sought to ascertain the influence of perception and attitude of academic staff on their utilization of library resources and services in the Cross River State College of Education Akamkpa. Descriptive survey research design was used in this study. The population consists of academic staff in the college. There was a total of 222 academic staff in the 2017/2018 academic session out of which 216 were accessible for the study. Questionnaire and direct observation methods were the instruments used for data collection. Direct observation was used to study the record of registered library users for 2017/2018 academic session who were academic staff. The questionnaire was administered directly by the researcher in the respective staff offices within a period of five weeks. The data collected were analyzed using simple percentages (%). The study found a low perception of library resources and services by academic staff, a state of apathy towards utilization of the library and only 10% of academics were registered library users. It was recommended that the resources in the library should be evaluated with a view to identifying the areas of weakness and to correct such weaknesses. This should be  followed by advocacy and marketing programme designed to bring back the library users.

Keywords: Perception, Attitude, Utilization, Library, Resources, Services




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