Science Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
December 2016, Volume 2016, ISSN:2276-6359
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
An Assessment of Information Literacy Activities and Their Effectiveness
Mr Benjamin Butuk
Accepted on December 7, 2016; Available Online December 19, 2016
This paper assessed Information Literacy activities practised among the undergraduate students at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, and considered the effectiveness of IL activities at the UEAB library. This paper was a case study and used both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This study used both stratified random sampling and purposive sampling techniques. A sample size of 194 respondents, comprising of 188 undergraduate students and 6 key informants, was used. This study used both face to face techniques and self-administered data collection techniques. Qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed descriptively and by using SPSS respectively. The major findings of this study were: lecturers supported IL activities but the students' enrolment in IL activities was very low; the student training time on the use of library skills was not enough to equip them with the library resource utilization skills; the library staff lacked leadership and resource utilization skills; there were no IL policies, and there was lack of funds to run IL activities. The recommendations for UEAB Library are: to employ competent library staff to handle orientation activities; to develop a well-structured IL curriculum and avoid offering IL activities in an informal manner; the Faculty to work hand in hand with the librarians in the design of IL courses and finally, to provide funds to run IL activities.
Keywords: Information Literacy; Information Services; Undergraduate students; IL activities; University of Eastern Africa, Baraton; Kenya