Perception of agriculture students on the use of electronic information resources in federal colleges of agriculture in northern Nigeria

AUWALU ALI Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria
SANI MOHAMMED GWARZO Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria
AUWALU DANSALE YAHAYA Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria
Abstract
This paper aims at finding the Perception of Agriculture Students on the Use of Electronic Information Resources in Federal Colleges of Agriculture in Northern Nigeria. Data was collected from a sample of three hundred and sixty one (361) students from a population of three thousand six hundred and seventy five (3,675) of the Federal Colleges of Agriculture in Northern Nigeria. Quantitative research methodology, using cross-sectional survey design was used. Questionnaire was the only instrument used to collect relevant data for the study and was distributed to the entire sample, out of which 304 (84.2%) were returned and found usable for the analysis. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics through the use of frequencies and percentages for decision making. Regarding the students perception in relation to perceive ease of use towards using electronic information resources, the findings reveal that majority of the students have positive perceptions towards the use of electronic information resources. In the same vein, majority of the student’s reveals that they also have positive perceptions on perceive usefulness of Electronic Information Resources available. The study then recommends for the provision of adequate or sufficient and up-to date electronic information resources. Colleges of Agriculture should up-date their information literacy program so as to equip students with modern skills of accessing different types of electronic information resources.

Keywords: Perception, Agriculture students, Use of Electronic Information Resources, Federal Colleges of Agriculture, Northern Nigeria

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AUWALU ALI is a Nigerian, a Principal Library officer in the University Library, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He secured his Diploma, advanced diploma and his first degree in Library and Information Sciences from Bayeros University, Kano-Nigeria.  He is also a certified member of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) and Nigerian Library Association (NLA). Before joining the university, he worked at private secondary school library. He co-authored some research articles and attended conferences, workshops and webinars at both local and international levels.

SANI MOHAMMED GWARZO is a Nigerian, a Senior Lecturer in the department of Library and Information Sciences, Bayero University, Kano (BUK). He is a holder of Diploma in Library Science, Bachelors of Library and Information Science/Hausa (BA (Ls)/Hausa); MLS and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He is a certified Librarian and a member of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) as well as member of Nigerian Association of Library Science Educators (NALISE). He is currently the Head of Department, Library and Information Sciences, BUK. He teaches courses related to Information Technology and Libraries at both Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

AUWALU DANSALE YAHAYA is a Nigerian, a research fellow and Librarian in the University Library, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D in Library and Information Sciences in Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He obtained his first his Bachelor degree and master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences.  A holder of Nigeria Certificate of Education (N.C.E) in Mathematics/ Geography obtained from Federal College of Education Kano.  He is also a certified member of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) and Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and a member of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA). He taught in public and private secondary schools before joining the University. In addition to book chapters, he also authored several Journals and research papers in conferences at national and international levels.

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