IJInn 2017 Volume 7 Issue 5

International Journal of Innovation (IJInn) ISSN:0975 – 9808

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Title:
A Study of Undergraduate Basic Medical Students’ Opinions on ways to Improve their Utilization of the College of Medicine Library

Authors & Affiliation:
Momodu .O.M.
Librarian, College of Medicine Library, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT:
Studies have shown that students rarely use the library these days and thus questioning the function of academic library. In a bid to improve academic library utilization, a study was conducted to obtained students’ opinions on ways library utilization may be improved. It was a descriptive cross sectional survey of undergraduate Basic Medical Students not in their final/research year in the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria. The study uses questionnaire to obtained data from consenting students who met the inclusion criteria. Overall, 174 students were sampled (mean age of 22.71±1.64 years) consisting of 51.7% male and 48.3% female students. The results revealed that only 15.52% of the students claimed to use the library regularly (daily in the five school days in a week). It is their opinion that when infrastructures (80.46%), internet and computers (74.14%) and comfortable reading environments (72.41%) and space (60.03%) are improved, library utilization will be enhanced. These were in addition to improving library staff communication and assistance (59.20%), provision of new and relevant textbooks (58.05) as well as students’ education on library use (46.55%) and importance (35.06%). These findings present possible ways the librarians, university administrations, concerned authorities as well as the public, can increase students’ use of the library and in turn enhance academic performance.

Keywords: Library, Utilisation, Undergraduate, Medical students.