A STUDY OF ICT LITERACY SKILLS AND INTERNET USAGE PATTERN OF LIBRARY USERS IN OSUN STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ILAORANGUN, NIGERIA

D F Iyanda, B O Akintunde, J K Opele

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This study examined ICT literacy skills and internet usage patterns of library users in Osun State College of Education Ila-Orangun, Nigeria, evaluating the purpose and frequency of Internet use, and identifying the barriers to ICT and library resources utilization among library users. It also established the relationship between ICT literacy skills and internet usage patterns of library users. The study adopted survey research design. A total of 92 library users including students, lecturers and other categories of users were selected by means of simple random sampling technique. The instrument was validated by means of Crombachs’ co-efficient alpha (α) values with the following α scores: ICT Competence = 0.857, Frequency of ICT use = 0.946, Purpose of using the library = 0.300, Barriers to the use of ICT resources = 0.822. Data gathered were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings from the study revealed a moderate level of ICT competency among library users. The findings also showed that the respondents used ICTs at least once in a month while a few reported daily use. The top notable barrier to ICT literacy pattern was inadequate electricity supply. Besides, the findings showed a significant relationship between ICT literacy skill and internet usage pattern of library users in the college (r = .498, p less than 0.05). The study concluded that more still needs to be done by the authority of the college in ensuring that the state of the heart ICT resources are deployed into the library for enhanced library use among its community.
Keywords: library user, ICT literacy skills, internet usag

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