Utilization of serial resources in libraries of selected tertiary institutions in Nigeria
This study is aimed at investigating how serial collections are being utilized by library users of selected tertiary institutions in Ogun State, Nigeria. The total population for this study is 1,464 respondents out of which 146 respondents were selected as the study sample representing 10% of the total population. The survey research design was adopted. The main instruments used for data collection were research questionnaires. Findings revealed that among all the serial resources available in the libraries, the newspapers were the most consulted (88.4% respondents) because it encourages early awareness of daily happenings in the society. It was also revealed that most users locate needed serial resources by browsing on the shelves/rack at the Serials Section of the libraries. Recommendations put forward include the need for the provision of enough security personnel for adequate monitoring of the serial materials, as well as the need for authors and stakeholders in education to donate more serial materials in order to enrich the collections in the library and enhance academic performance.
Keywords: serial resources, utilization, tertiary institutions, academic performance