Impact of library instruction on the utilization of library services by undergraduate students in Benue State University, Makurdi.
This study examined the impact of library instruction programme on the utilization of library services by undergraduate students of Benue State University, Makurdi, in carrying out this study four research questions were posed. The study sample population comprised 150 students of the university. The instrument used for data collection in this study was questionnaire. Research questions were answered using frequency and percentages. The major findings of the study showed that majority of the students represented by 90.6% participated in library instruction programme. That library instruction programme has made the students aware of the resources and services provided by the library. Books were used more than other materials in the library. That 54% of the total respondent rated the services of the library as ineffective. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were made: The period for teaching the course should be extended, it should be taught throughout the students' course. Students should be taught how to use the library catalogue to avoid going directly to the shelves to browse when looking for materials in the library. The library authority should try as much as possible to provide effective and adequate services.
Key Words: Library, Instruction, utilization, services, indexes, abstracts, audio-visual aid, university.