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ASSESSMENT OF LIBRARY USER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN UNIVERSITIES IN BENUE STATE.

CHAPTER ONE 

INTRODUCTION 

Background of the Study

 University libraries support the teaching, learning and research needs of the institutions they serve. The responsibility of the libraries is to ensure that the use of its information sources, resources and services are maximized to benefit its clientele, hence the need for library use education programmes. In the academic setting, library user education refers to the process of making library patrons learn how to make effective and efficient use of the library system through the acquisition of skills in identification, location, search, retrieval and use of information. User education encompasses all activity undertaken to help students become efficient users of information, identify the information need, find, evaluate and select the best information to meet that need. Activities to achieve that goal include, library orientation, bibliographic instruction, and library instruction and information literacy. User education has many definitions. Generally defined, library user education programme teaches users how to make the most effective use of the library system. It is designed to provide students with practical knowledge of research techniques and assist students in becoming independent library users. Face to face teaching is offered at point of need for specific courses and research assignments upon faculty request. It is also to help the users make the best use of all the library resources. According to Harrod’s librarians’ glossary (1996) user education is “a program of information provided by libraries to users to enable them make more efficient, independent use of the library’s stock and services which include tours, lecture exercise and the provision of support materials.” In the concise dictionary of library and information science, user education is defined as “formal education for users and potential users of library and information services, information programmes that show users the resources and services available in a library or information centre so that they can use them effectively. On the other hand, Gyasi (2008) defines user education as a process that provides a platform where librarians introduce new students to the complexities of university library facilities: familiarize users who have little or no information seeking skills at all with a broad range of library resources in order to develop library skills and educate them on how to find materials using library catalogues, subject indexes, CD – ROM and the internet, while Husen (1985) opined that user education represents an attempt by librarians to teach students on how to locate and use information effectively. It means users need to acquire skills in identifying the purpose of information, the location of information and the use of information. It does not only teach the student on how to learn through effective use of information in books, journals, newspapers, audio visual soft ware and people. It instructs students on how to locate information in the university library. With the explosion of information on a daily basis, the availability of a range of books and non-books materials in different subjects, there is need for students to acquire sufficient knowledge, skills and ability to discriminate and select needed and relevant information.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages124 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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