Information Accessibility and Utilization: The Panacea to Job Performance and Productivity of Academic StaffIn the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences: A Case Study

Familusi E. B.
2015 International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems  
This study probes into accessibility and utilization of information resources by academic staff in the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences of selected universities in the Southwest, Nigeria. The objectives of this study were to determine the level of information access and utilization, identify the factors responsible for low productivity, and investigate challenges confronting information access and utilization. This study adopted a descriptive survey design to describe information
more » ... and utilization. The researchers made use of questionnaires which were administered among two hundred (200) out of which 182 (91.9percent) were found useful Academic Staff randomly selected from Faculties of Agricultural Sciences. The study found that majority of the respondents (51.3%), frequently used virtually all the resources, and e-resources most especially internet/CD-ROM and databases were perceived to be most accessible of all the resources (index of 3.9), followed by textbook (index of 3.7), while the least accessible information resources was electronic board. Low productivity was caused by high no of students assigned to each academic staff for teaching and supervision (11.8%) followed by lack of internet facilities (11.1%), while inadequate workspace did not significantly contribute to their low productivity (6%). Challenges faced by academic staff in information resources accessibility and utilization include epileptic power supply, poor ICT maintenance, poor funding, internet connectivity and, computer illiteracy. It was recommended that the Federal government of Nigeria should collaborate with the universities administrators to accord priority to Nigerian Universities in financial commitment, provision of regular supply of electricity in campuses and others to enhance high productivity of the university academic staff.
doi:10.11648/j.ijiis.20150406.11 fatcat:acpnchitzjakhhxhnrdpszwtzm