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User Survey of 24-Hour Library Service During Examination Periods at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

User Survey of 24-Hour Library Service During Examination Periods at Federal University of... The study assessed the use of the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library 24-hr (8 a.m.–7 a.m.) Examination Period (NALEP) service. The study employed a descriptive survey research design, using a questionnaire, interviews, and observation as the research instruments. The questionnaire elicited data on the demographic profiles of students, awareness, use, role played by the 24-hr service in their preparation for examinations, the challenges faced, and suggestions on how the services could be improved. A total of 235 copies of the questionnaire were gathered, analyzed, and presented using descriptive statistics, which include frequency counts and percentages, as well as bar and pie charts. The findings revealed that the service culminated in a successful exercise that was applauded by the students, staff, and the University management. The students benefitted immensely from the service, as it assisted them to avoid distractions commonly experienced in classrooms and hostels by helping them to prepare better and study for their examinations. Other findings also revealed the challenges encountered in providing the service. Solutions to these challenges were proffered, and recommendations on the need for more support from the University authority were presented. The article can also serve as an eye-opener to other university libraries in the country that may wish to adopt the 24-hr examination library service. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

User Survey of 24-Hour Library Service During Examination Periods at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 10 (3): 14 – Jul 1, 2013
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1536-7975
eISSN
1536-7967
DOI
10.1080/15367967.2013.819550
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Abstract

The study assessed the use of the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library 24-hr (8 a.m.–7 a.m.) Examination Period (NALEP) service. The study employed a descriptive survey research design, using a questionnaire, interviews, and observation as the research instruments. The questionnaire elicited data on the demographic profiles of students, awareness, use, role played by the 24-hr service in their preparation for examinations, the challenges faced, and suggestions on how the services could be improved. A total of 235 copies of the questionnaire were gathered, analyzed, and presented using descriptive statistics, which include frequency counts and percentages, as well as bar and pie charts. The findings revealed that the service culminated in a successful exercise that was applauded by the students, staff, and the University management. The students benefitted immensely from the service, as it assisted them to avoid distractions commonly experienced in classrooms and hostels by helping them to prepare better and study for their examinations. Other findings also revealed the challenges encountered in providing the service. Solutions to these challenges were proffered, and recommendations on the need for more support from the University authority were presented. The article can also serve as an eye-opener to other university libraries in the country that may wish to adopt the 24-hr examination library service.

Journal

Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2013

Keywords: 24-hr library service; library service during examinations; undergraduate students; extended library hours; Nigerian university libraries

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