Creating Literacy-Friendly Library Environment for Enhanced Academic
Performance of Teachers-ln-Training in College of Education,
Katsina-Ala, Benue State.

By
Prof. Michael G. Ochogwu
Library and Information Science Unit,
Dept. of Educational Foundations,
Benue State University, Makurdi.
E—mail: ochogwu06@yahoo. com

And
Dr. Catherine E. Ochogwu
Dept. of Curriculum and Teaching.
Benue State University, Makurdi.
E-mail: enaivikate@gmail.cem.

Abstract
Literacy and library could he said to be two sides of the same coin. This is because library resources and services are expected to guarantee high literacy in any given community. To achieve literacy, information transfer between the universe of information and documentary resources and students as user community in any tertiary institution is very crucial. Consequently learning and research can only succeed in a literacy-friendly library environment where  information dissemination through transfer process is given top priority This is why the current study investigated impact of creating litercy friendly library environment and its influence on the academic performance of students. The study used a descriptive survey One hundred and fifteen students from the Department of English and Literary Studies, College of Education, Katsina—Ala were involved in the study. For the purpose of data collection, a 25 – item  questionnaire questions raised on a 4-point Likert Scale were administered to the students. Data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient and ANOVA. The findings indicated that there is high positive correlation between the variables (literacy-friendly environment, library friendly environment and students’ ability to use the library) and students’ academic performance It was therefore recommended that the  library environment be made conducive, relevant materials be made available and accessible and the library staff should be ready to assist users at all times.

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