Mobile Phone Usage Patterns of Medical Students in University of Nigeria:
Implications for library services.
Chinwc Ezeani PhD
Nnamdi Azikiwe Library
Chinwe.ezeani@.unn. edu. ng
Department of Library and Information Science
University ofNigeria, Nsukka
This paper is a study of the mobile telephone usage patterns of Medical Science students of University of Nigeria. Objective of the study is focused on finding out the following: the preferred GSM phones used by students, the various activities students use GSM phones for, the perceived benefits ofusing cell phones to get informationfi’om the librarr: the librarv services that can be performed via cell phones, the constraints to the use of cell phones in gelting library resources by students and the strategies for enhancing library services for students via cell phones. The research design is descriptive storey. Population of the study comprised of 650 medical Science student, Simple random sampling was used to obtain a sample size of 100. Questionnaire was used to sample opinion of respondents. and frequently counts, mean score and percentages were used to analyze the data collected. Findings reveal that students use their phones mostly for text messaging, storing of names and phone numbers of friends’ and family, Students use their phones for academic functions such as browsing the Internet to do assignments; augmenting their lecture notes with resources from the Internet Students prefer using cell phones for making Reférence queries through phone calls; alerts getting of date due books; informing students of change in the library hour among others. It was recommended that reference queries, directional information must be easily tackled by staff while library databases such as MEDLINE, HINARI and other health databases are made accessible via smart phones. The Medical library can organize a training programme for medical students on various library services that can be delivered to them through their phones and how to access such information, to mention afew.