AVAILABILITY AND ADEQUACY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR RURAL RICE FARMERS IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND AGRICULTURAL CENTERS IN ANAMBRA STATE

This study investigated the availability and adequacy of information resources for rural rice farmers in public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the availability of print and electronic information resources, ascertain the adequacy of the available information resources in meeting the information needs of rural rice farmers. Three research questions guided the study. Survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 860 registered rural rice farmers in Anambra State. The study used Taro Yamane’s sampling formula to determine sample size of 273 rural rice farmers from the selected local government areas in Anambra State. The instrument for data collection was observation checklist. Data collected was analyzed using percentage. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines for public libraries resources was used as standard to measure adequacy of information resources. The findings of the study revealed among others that many of the print resources are available while large number of electronic resources are not available. Also, most of the information resources available are not adequate in the public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State.

Authors

  • Justina Ogochukwu Osonwa Department of Library and Information Science Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
  • Anthonia Ukamaka Echedom Department of Library and Information Science Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Keywords:

information resources, availability, adequacy, public libraries, agricultural centers

Abstract

This study investigated the availability and adequacy of information resources for rural rice farmers in public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the availability of print and electronic information resources, ascertain the adequacy of the available information resources in meeting the information needs of rural rice farmers. Three research questions guided the study. Survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 860 registered rural rice farmers in Anambra State. The study used Taro Yamane’s sampling formula to determine sample size of 273 rural rice farmers from the selected local government areas in Anambra State. The instrument for data collection was observation checklist. Data collected was analyzed using percentage. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines for public libraries resources was used as standard to measure adequacy of information resources. The findings of the study revealed among others that many of the print resources are available while large number of electronic resources are not available. Also, most of the information resources available are not adequate in the public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State.

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Published

2024-02-01

How to Cite

Osonwa, J. O., & Echedom, A. U. (2024). AVAILABILITY AND ADEQUACY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR RURAL RICE FARMERS IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND AGRICULTURAL CENTERS IN ANAMBRA STATE: This study investigated the availability and adequacy of information resources for rural rice farmers in public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State. The purpose of the study is to ascertain the availability of print and electronic information resources, ascertain the adequacy of the available information resources in meeting the information needs of rural rice farmers. Three research questions guided the study. Survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 860 registered rural rice farmers in Anambra State. The study used Taro Yamane’s sampling formula to determine sample size of 273 rural rice farmers from the selected local government areas in Anambra State. The instrument for data collection was observation checklist. Data collected was analyzed using percentage. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines for public libraries resources was used as standard to measure adequacy of information resources. The findings of the study revealed among others that many of the print resources are available while large number of electronic resources are not available. Also, most of the information resources available are not adequate in the public libraries and agricultural centers in Anambra State. African Journal of Educational Management, Teaching and Entrepreneurship Studies, 11(1), 65-76. Retrieved from https://ajemates.org/index.php/ajemates/article/view/379