Availability and utilization of information communication technology facilities in a private university library in Nigeria
The use of ICT in learning is critical in development of any society. Today’s learning has emphasized its importance as basis for 21st century knowledge acquisition. This study investigated the availability and utilization of ICT facilities in Madonna University, Nigeria with particular reference to the Okija campus. It employed the descriptive survey design with self structured questionnaire and observation checklist for data collection. Three hundred students made up the population of the study. The data was analysed using simple frequency, percentages and mean scores. A benchmark of 2.5 was used for acceptance or rejection of data collated. The findings showed that the ICT section has resources and facilities that are available which the students utilized to certain extent. It also showed the frequency of use by the users. Although there are issues as some ICT facilities are not available, thereby not utilized by the students. Other challenges are inadequate assistance from staff, epileptic power supply and irregular internet connectivity among others. Recommendations were given to include provision of more ICT facilities, regular updates and trainings on use of ICT, among others.
Keyword: academic library, ICT, learning, students, utilization, private university