RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS AND RESEARCH OUTPUT OF ACADEMIC STAFF IN NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA, NIGERIA

Author: Obiamalu Amaka Raymonda
Department: Library and Information Science
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This study investigated the relationship between the information literacy skills and research output of academic staff in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Correlational study was adopted for this research. The population comprised one thousand and thirty eight academic staff as at the end of 2012/2013 academic session. Proportionate stratified random sampling technique was used for this study and the sample size of the study was one hundred and fifty eight respondents. Three research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Two instruments, titled lecturers information literacy skills Test (LIST) and Research output Questionnaire (ROQ) were used for the study. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Mean was used to answer research questions one and two. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to answer research question three and it was also use to test the hypothesis. The major findings of this study includes: The academic staff in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka possessed moderate level of information literacy skills. The academic staff in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has high research output. There is a relationship between the information literacy skills and research output possessed by the academic staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Based on the findings, the implications of the study were pointed out and it was recommended that the academic staff should avail themselves with the available information literacy skills by attending workshops and other information technology training, the university management should encourage the academic staff by sponsoring them for information literacy training where most of these skills will be acquired to be able to boost their information literacy skills, since their present level of information literacy skill is moderate.

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