Awareness of Online Public Access Catalogue among the Students of Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria
This study investigated awareness of Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) among students of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete. The objectives of the study were o: (i) ascertain Kwasu student’s level of awareness of the availability of OPAC;and (ii) ascertain the medium through which students get to be aware of OPAC. The descriptive research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consists of 11,855 undergraduate students of Kwara State University. Sample size of 378 were drawn from the population using a multi-stage sampling technique. Questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection and the data were analyzed using simple percentage and frequency count. The findings of the study revealed that there is a high level of OPAC awareness among Kwara State University undergraduate Students. The study further revealed that KWASU students get to be aware of OPAC through their colleagues and through the use of library course offered as a general course in the university. The study recommended that Kwasu library should organize a formal orientation programme for the users which will capture the key awareness to be noted about the library OPAC and also the use of university bulletin in creating key awareness on OPAC. Lecturers in the institution should also complement the library effort by encouraging students to use the OPAC.