INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCIES POSSESSED BY LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH EAST ZONE NIGERIA

AUTHOR: UDEM, OBIORA KINGSLEY 

DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The study investigated the information literacy competencies possessed by Library and Information Science (LIS) postgraduate students in Federal Universities in South East Zone Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population comprised seventy two students which included all 2011/2012 PhD and Masters degree students from the Departments of LIS in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The entire population was studied. Four research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. Two instruments titled Information Literacy Knowledge Test/Achievement Test (ILKT) and Information Literacy Questionnaire (ILQ) were used for the study. Percentages, frequencies and mean rating were used to answer research questions. t-test was used to test hypotheses. The major findings of the study include: LIS postgraduate students in Federal Universities in South East Zone Nigeria possessed information literacy knowledge. This is because their information literacy knowledge as measured based on understanding the need for information, how to locate, evaluate and use information have average percentage scores of 95%, 87%, 82% and 88% respectively. However, the information literacy knowledge possessed by LIS Postgraduate students in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (NAU) differed significantly from those possessed by LIS Postgraduate students in University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN); LIS postgraduate students possessed moderate level of information literacy skills. This is because their level of information literacy skills as measured based on ability to locate and access, evaluate and use information has general mean rating of 3.34. However, the difference in skills differed significantly between LIS Postgraduate students in NAU and UNN; LIS postgraduate students have positive attitude towards information literacy acquisition. However, the attitude of LIS postgraduate students in NAU differed significantly from their LIS postgraduate counterpart in UNN; and LIS postgraduate students faced many challenges (as they relate to teaching, institution and preliminary competency) in their quest to acquire information literacy competencies. Based on the findings, the implications of the study were pointed out that more practical aspect of information literacy should be employed through industrial training and internship, and it was recommended that: LIS curriculum should be enhanced especially with reference to skill acquisition; assessment of students’ information literacy competencies should be employed frequently since it will help to determine their strength and weakness and with that, information literacy programme will be strengthened.

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