Library Use and Reading Habits as Predictors of Information Literacy Competencies among Finalists in Selected Private Secondary Schools in Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

By Fadekemi Oyewusi and Iwok Shabi.

Published by The International Journal of Books, Publishing, and Libraries

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This study adopts a descriptive survey technique using a multistage random selection to choose four private schools and twenty-five students from each of the schools. One hundred copies of a pre-tested questionnaire were distributed and ninety-seven were properly filled and returned. Data were analysed using frequency counts, percentages, and inferential statistics. The result revealed that factors affecting library use among these teenage finalists in secondary schools include love for the library and a conducive environment. Most of the respondents read daily in the library and the main purpose of reading was to revise school work, do assignments, and write projects. Respondents read books to improve diction and vocabulary while few read because it is fun to read. However, it was shown that low library use patterns (22.6%) were observed indicating that respondents didn’t use the library often. There was no significant correlation between reading habits of respondents and information literacy competencies. Also, there was no significant relationship between library use and information literacy competencies of respondents in the selected library schools. Thus, promoting reading habits can be achieved with access to good books in a library while the ability to use the library would be enhanced through information literacy skills.

Keywords: Library Use, Reading Habits, Information Literacy Competencies

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 14, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 18, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 805.743KB)).

Dr. Fadekemi Oyewusi

Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Iwok Shabi

Senior Librarian, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria