Availability and Usability of Academic Library Websites by Undergraduates in Federal Universities in South East Nigeria
Keywords:Academic Library, Websites, Library Websites, Availability of Library Website, Usability of Library Website
The study investigated availability and usability of academic library websites. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The sample size consisted of 392 registered undergraduate library user determined from YaroYamene formula. Instrument used for data collection were checklist and questionnaire.Data obtained were analysed using percentages and mean ratings. Findings of the study indicated that federal universities in South East Nigeria, have library websites for their various libraries. They have websites with Universal Resource Locators (URLs) specifically for the libraries; while the librarians have links on the university main website; the students found out about library websites through their friends followed by the library workstation, then library staff members. The result also showed that in the last six months, the users have approximately visited the library website on a weekly basis.The study recommended among others that libraries should start paying more attention to their websites as today’s users are increasingly living their lives online.