Knowledge and Use of Electronic Information Resources by Academics in Colleges of Animal Production, Animal Health, and Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria
This study adopted survey method to investigate the knowledge and use of electronic information resources (EIR) among the academic staff in animal health, animal production, and veterinary medicine in Nigeria. These areas of knowledge are interwoven as they all deal with animal reproduction and wellbeing. Two hundred and seventy-seven (277) lecturers responded to the questionnaire from four universities, FUNAAB, UI, UNILORIN, and OOU. Analysis of data revealed that the lecturers are quite knowledgeable of electronic resources and they use them for teaching, research and professional purposes; the respondents do not know the electronic resources subscribed to by their libraries among those they know and use; and their effective use of the resources is hampered by inadequate skill and knowledge of e-resources, power fluctuation, and slow internet access among others. The study in conclusion recommended adequate publicity for the library based e-resources; periodic training and retraining of users; regular subscription and updating of e-resources; provision of alternative power sources and; improvement in bandwidth subscriptions.