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Influence of Information Literacy on Academic Staff Productivity in Universities in North Central Geo- Political Zone of Nigeria

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Influence of Information Literacy on Academic Staff Productivity in Universities in North Central Geo- Political Zone of Nigeria.

ABSTRACT

The research work examined the influence of information literacy competencies  on academic productivity among the academic staff in Nigerian universities in North Central Geopolitical zone.

In this contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources there is need for a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively, especially for research.

In carrying out this study two instruments were used to collect data; first was a standard information literacy competency test which elicited information on what constituted information literacy and second, an academic productivity index which elicited information on what constituted academic productivity.

The study adopted a correlation survey design to instigate the relationship between information literacy and academic productivity. The population of the study comprised of all the academic staff in the 12 universities from North Central geo- political zone.

A total of 421 academic staff were involved as sample for this study. The sample was composed through a multi-stage sampling technique using proportionate stratified random sampling.

The data collected were analysed with the use of descriptive statistics (frequency count mean score and percentage), standard deviation, Pearson Correlation, one way ANOVA and stepwise t-test.

The Findings revealed that the largest percentage (56.4%) of the academic staff of the universities understudy, possessed  low  level of information literacy competency.

INTRODUCTION

Information literacy is increasingly becoming important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferated information resources.

Because of the increasing complexity of the information environment, individuals are faced with diverse, abundant information choices in their academic studies, in the workplace, and in personal lives.

Information is available through libraries, community resources, special interest organizations, media and the Internet – and increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability.

In addition, information is available through multiple  media,  including  graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in  evaluation  and understanding (Madu, 2005).

The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society (Kiven and Shafack, 2002).

The mere abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively.

According to the American Library Association (ALA) (2008), Information Literacy is a set of abilities that enable individuals to “recognize when information is needed  and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Information literacy according to Armstrong (2005), is defined as the acquired skills to know when and why one needs information, where to find it, and how to  evaluate, use and communicate it  in an ethical manner.

This concept by CILIP will form the benchmark for information literacy in this study. The concept affords the researcher the ability to search appropriate resources effectively and identify relevant information.

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CSN Team.

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