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Assessment of Information Seeking Behaviour of Physically Challenged Students in Selected Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

Year 2017, Volume 5, Issue 2, 24 - 33, 30.11.2017

Abstract

This study examined the information seeking behaviour of the physically challenged students in selected Nigeria tertiary institutions.  The study made effort to determine the predominant sources of information, accessibility to information materials and information services and the problems faced by the physically challenged students while seeking and using information/library resources and services. The study adopted survey design and data was collected using a questionnaire administered to two thousand respondents selected from three Nigeria tertiary institutions - the University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan and Federal college of education (special) Oyo. The findings of the study show that the majority of the respondents seek educational information, while their source of information is online. The major information material they consult was lecture note/handout, while the services rendered to them in the library are reference, abstracting and indexing services.  Textbook is the only information material access by the respondents while the major challenges the physically challenged encountered are inadequate time to carry out information search and inability to locate information from the targeted sources.   The physically challenged are encouraged to develop good time management. This will enable them to have enough time to search for their needed information. The library in each participated school should make sure they embark on regular shelve reading so as to help the physically challenged locate information through their target locations.

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Year 2017, Volume 5, Issue 2, 24 - 33, 30.11.2017

Abstract

References

  • Adesina, E. R. (2003). Towards meeting the library and information needs of the handicapped in Nigeria. In Adedoja, T.A. and Ajobiewe, Theo (ed.). Issues in Coping with Disability, 205.
  • Ajiboye, J. O. & Tella, A. (2007). University undergraduate students’ information seeking behaviour: implications for quality in higher education in Africa. The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 6(1), 40-52.
  • Al-Shanbari, H. & Meadows, A. J. (1995). Problems of communication and information-handling among scientists and engineers in Saudi Universities. Journal of Information Science, 21(6), 473-478.
  • Anjiode, K. S. (2010). Information Resources and services to physically challenge in plateau state special educational institutions. Samaru Journal of Information Studies, 10(1&2), 1-11.
  • Bopp, A. & Smith, J. (2001). Reference and information services. an introduction. libraries unlimited. Colorado.
  • Brown, C., Murphy, T. & Nanny, M. (2003). Turning techno-savvy into info-savvy: Authentically integrating information literacy into the college curriculum. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 29(6), 386-399.
  • Bruce, H. (2005). Personal, anticipated information need. Information Research, 10 (3), 25-40.
  • Case, D. (2002). Looking for information: A survey of information seeking behaviour. London: Academic Press.
  • Case, D. O. (2006). Looking for information: A survey of research on information seeking, needs and behaviour. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Dee, C. & Blazek, R. (1993). Information needs of the rural physician: A descriptive study. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 81, 259-264.
  • Fisher, K. E, Erdelez, S. & McKechnie, L. (2005). Theories of information behavior. Medham, NJ: Information today. Retrieved April 30, 2015 from http://store.yahoo.com/infotoday/theorofinbeh.html
  • Griffiths, P. (2005). Performing an information audit. Records Management Bulletin, 126, 19-21
  • Hart, R. L. (1993). The information-gathering behaviour of the faculty of a four-year state college. (PhD Thesis).University of North Carolina.
  • Holliday, W. & Qin, L. (2004). Understanding the Millennials: updating our knowledge about students. Reference Services Review, 32(4), 356-366.
  • Ikoja-Odogo, R. (2002). A study of the information needs and uses of the informer sector of Uganda. (Unpublished PhD Thesis). South Africa: University of Zululand.
  • Ikoja-Odongo, R. & Ocholla, D. N. (2004). Information seeking behaviour of the informal sector entrepreneurs: The Uganda experience. Libri 54, 54-66.
  • Kamanda, R. W. (1999). Library–use by university students: Case study of the East African School of Library and Information Science. (Unpublished DLIS Dissertation). Kampala: Makerere University.
  • Lawal-Solarin, E. O. (2012). A survey of library and information services to physically challenged students in academic libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice. Retrieved from http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/
  • Leckie, G. J., Pettigrew, K. E. & Sylvain, C. (1996). Modelling the information seeking of professionals: a general model derived from research on engineers, health care professionals and lawyers. Library Quarterly, 66(2), 161-193.
  • McCullagh, L. & O’Connor, S. (1989). Overseas students, full-fee paying students and the utilization of library resources in Australian tertiary institutions. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 20 (2), 100-112.
  • Mwila, A. B. (1993). The use of the University of Zambia library by the social science, humanities and science faculties. (PhD. Thesis). University of Michigan.
  • Ren, W. H. (2000). Library instruction and college student self-efficacy in electronic information searching. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 26 (5), 323-8
  • Roth, H. (1991). Planning information services in the disability field: Some essential steps. Link-Up, 66.
  • Sandhu, A. (2001, July 28). Information and communication technologies and disability in developing countries. A Technical Note Newspaper, p. 2.
  • Sethi, A. (1990). Information-seeking behaviour of social scientists: An Indian conspectus. New Delhi: Hindustan Publishing Corporation.
  • Song, Y. S. (2005). A comparative study on information-seeking behaviors of domestic and international business students. Research Strategies, 20, 23-34.
  • Taylor, R. S. (1991). Information use environment. Progress in Communication Sciences, 10, 217- 225.
  • United Nations. (1993). Standard rules on the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. Retrieved February 22, 2010 from http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/48/a48r096.htm
  • Wiberley, S. E & Jones, W. G. (1989). Patterns of information seeking in the humanities. College & Research Libraries, 50(6), 638–645.
  • Williamson, K., Bernath, V., Wright, S. & Sullivan, J. (2007). Research students in the electronic age: Impacts of changing information behavior on information literacy needs. Communications in Information Literacy, 1(2), 47-63.
  • Wright, M. & Guy, L. (1997). Where do I find it and what do I do with it: Practical problem–solving in the data library. Retrieved April 6, 2013 from http://dphs.dacc.wisc.edu/types/data reference.html
  • World Health Organization. (1998). Health promotion glossary, World Health Organization, Geneva. Retrieved March 9, 2009 from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/1998/WHO_HPR_HEP_98.1.pdf
  • World Health Organization (1995). Ad hoc committee on health research relating to future intervention options. investing in health research and development. Geneva: WHO.
  • Zondi, L. E. (1992). Library use skills and information-seeking patters of first year students at the University of Zululand, South Africa. South African Journal of Library and Information Science, 60(4), 204-208.

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Journal Section Regular Papers
Authors

Tella Adeyinka>


James Adebayo Ayeni This is me


Olukemi Titilola Oleniyi This is me

Publication Date November 30, 2017
Published in Issue Year 2017, Volume 5, Issue 2

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APA Adeyinka, T. , Ayeni, J. A. & Oleniyi, O. T. (2017). Assessment of Information Seeking Behaviour of Physically Challenged Students in Selected Nigerian Tertiary Institutions . Journal of Balkan Libraries Union , 5 (2) , 24-33 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jblu/issue/33916/375432