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Publications 2018, 6(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6020016

Utilisation of Library Information Resources among Generation Z Students: Facts and Fiction

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Department of Library and Information Science, Alice Campus, University of Fort Hare, Alice 5700, South Africa
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Machakos University, Machakos 90100, Kenya
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Department of Sociology, Alice Campus, University of Fort Hare, Alice 5700, South Africa
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Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 8 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 17 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Scholarly Publishing)
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Generation Z was the foremost generation to have prevalent access to the Internet from an early age. Technology has strongly influenced this generation in terms of communication, education and consequently their academic information behaviour. With the next generation of scholars already being trained, in a decade, most of the researchers will be mainly digital natives. This study sought to establish the library information resources use pattern in relation to users’ preferred information media in order to render better academic information services to library users. A total of 390 respondents were surveyed at the Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare using quantitative and qualitative methods. Most of the respondents, 82.3%, were aged between 18 and 23 years; while the average library use time was two hours daily. The most utilised library resource is the Wi-Fi with e-books and e-journals found to be lowly utilised. Records from the E-librarians revealed that undergraduate students account for no more than 6% of total users of electronic databases with 62.3% of the respondents preferring print information resources. Better understanding of library users’ demographics and information media preference is essential in proving the right kind of information services to Generation Z library users. View Full-Text
Keywords: Generation Z; Library information resources; Library use; undergraduate students Generation Z; Library information resources; Library use; undergraduate students
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Salubi, O.G.; Ondari-Okemwa, E.; Nekhwevha, F. Utilisation of Library Information Resources among Generation Z Students: Facts and Fiction. Publications 2018, 6, 16.

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