Information Literacy Skills of Undergraduates in Paul University Awka, Anambra State

  • Esther Ekene Aghauche Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • Chibuzor Blessing Nkamnebe Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • Emenike Chiemeka Nkamnebe Academy Library, Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano, Kano State
Keywords: Information Literacy, Undergraduates, University Libraries, Paul University Awka

Abstract

This study appraised the information literacy skills of undergraduates in Paul University Awka. Descriptive survey was adopted. Population comprised 283 undergraduates of the University out of which, 60 were selected through proportionate stratified random sampling technique. The study was guided by four research questions. Two-in-one instrument – achievement test and questionnaire were used for data collection. Data were analyzed using simple percentages, frequency counts, and mean ratings. Findings revealed that the undergraduatesin Paul University, Awka possess all the skill sets of
information literacy covered by the study hence, average percentage scores of 89%, 72%, 79%, and 75% respectively on the ACRL's Information Literacy Standards 1, 2, 3, and 5. It further revealed that the undergraduates have positive attitude towards  information literacy although they face some  challenges regarding skill acquisition. Strategies to be explored to improve the students' information literacy skills were also highlighted. Major recommendations include development of information literacy policy, and integration of information literacy programme in the University's curriculum.

Published
2019-06-24
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