AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR IGBO STUDIES IN CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, IGBARIAM CAMPUS
Keywords:Academic library, Availability, Utilization, Igbo Studies, Information Resources, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
This study examined availability and utilization of information resources for Igbo language studies in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University library (COOU), Igbariam. Four research questions guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. Population of the study comprised 55 students of Igbo Language Department in COOU. The size of the population was small and manageable hence, the entire population was studied. The findings revealed that information resources for Igbo studies were not adequate and the students were not satisfied with the resources. Major challenge the students faced was insufficient information resources particularly on Igbo Grammar and Linguistics as well as their inability to locate the information resources in the library. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made. The study recommends that the library should acquire adequate information resources and conduct user education for students. It was also recommended that the library should create a separate section for Igbo language and culture literature.