Students’ attitudes towards library user education programme in universities in Benue State
This study investigated the attitude of students towards library user education programmes in university libraries in Benue State. The study was set to ascertain the methods of packaging library user education programme in university libraries in Benue State and determine the attitude of students towards presentation of library user education programmes. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of study was 6253 and the sample size was 625 students selected using disproportionate stratified random sampling technique. The instrument used for data collection was questionnaire. A total of 625 copies of questionnaire were administered by the researchers, out of which 595 copies were correctly filled and returned and used for the study. Data was analyzed using frequencies, percentages and mean. The study revealed that the methods of packaging the course include lectures, use of printed hand outs, and distribution of annuals, tutorials and topical guides. Students show positive attitudes towards library user education, but some issues need to be tackled to further promote their positive attitude. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that library orientation should be conducted after all fresh students have registered and university libraries should improve on the structure of library user education programmes by including practical session and information technology.
Keywords: Universities, Library User Education, Students’ Attitudes