Competency on the Use of Library Resources for Learning by NOUN Students in South- East, Nigeria


  • Patricia Ngozi Ofodu


Competency, Library resources, NOUN Students, Learning


This Study is highly necessary in the view about education for all citizens and the caption that there should be no barrier for enrolment to tertiary institutions. The author highlighted on different view and nature of Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The study is on the competency of NOUN students on the utilization of library resources for learning in the study center libraries in south -east. The design adopted for this study was descriptive survey. The sample size was 391, the completed and returned questionnaire was 365. The research was guided by four research questions. Data collected was analysed using frequency counts and simple percentages. Findings from the study reveal that learners are not aware of the available resources in the library, need ICT competencies for browsing for information. Problems militating the effective utilization of library resources were identified as lack of facilities and poor internet connectivity among others. Strategies for enhancement was captured. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: provision of current electronic resources; increase on awareness of available resources for NOUN students; adequate provision of fund for the library upkeep; constant training on the needed competencies for learners and internet connectivity for information surfing.

Résumé : Cette étude est primordiale du point de vue du concept de l'éducation pour tous les citoyens et de la légende selon laquelle il ne devrait y avoir aucun obstacle à l'inscription dans les établissements d'enseignement supérieur. L'auteur a mis en évidence différents points de vue et nature de l'enseignement ouvert et à distance (OD). L'étude porte sur la compétence des étudiants de NOUN sur l'utilisation des ressources de la bibliothèque pour l'apprentissage dans les bibliothèques des centres d'études du sud-est. L’enquête descriptive a été adoptée comme outil de conception de cette étude. La taille de l'échantillon était de 391, le questionnaire rempli et retourné était de 365. La recherche était guidée par quatre questions de recherche. Les données recueillies ont été analysées à l'aide de comptages de fréquence et de pourcentages simples. Les résultats de l'étude ont révélé que les apprenants ne sont pas conscients des ressources disponibles dans la bibliothèque, qu’ils ont besoin de compétences en TIC pour rechercher des informations. Les problèmes qui empêchent l'utilisation efficace des ressources de la bibliothèque ont été identifiés comme le manque d'installations et la mauvaise connectivité Internet, entre autres. Les stratégies d'amélioration ont été capturées. Sur la base des conclusions, les recommandations suivantes ont été formulées : fourniture des ressources électroniques actuelles; augmentation de la sensibilisation aux ressources disponibles pour les étudiants de NOUN; provision adéquate de fonds pour l'entretien de la bibliothèque; formation permanente sur les compétences nécessaires aux apprenants et la connectivité Internet pour la navigation et la recherche de l'information.

Author Biography

Patricia Ngozi Ofodu

University Library
National Open University of Nigeria


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How to Cite

Ofodu, P. N. (2019). Competency on the Use of Library Resources for Learning by NOUN Students in South- East, Nigeria. West African Journal of Open and Flexible Learning, 8(1), 85–104. Retrieved from



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