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Title: The Influence of Access and Search Skills on Internet Usage Among Muslim Faculty Members In Sub Saharan African: A Case Study of a Nigerian Public University
Authors: Folorunsho Abubakar Lanre
Basri Hassan
Keywords: Muslim Faculty Members
Internet Access
Internet Searching Skills
Nigerian Public University
Sub Saharan Africa
Issue Date: 17-Nov-2011
Publisher: International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Abstract: Globally the Internet has become an indispensable source of locating, accessing, retrieving, gathering and information and also for communication. It is a useful tool for all categories of academic users; students‟ researchers and faculty members. However access and effective utilization of the Internet differs in various parts of the world. In sub Saharan African region, for instance, access and effective utilization of the Internet remains at nascent stage. Muslim Faculty members are expected to serves as role model and information gatekeeper to other members of the Ummah, understanding how they access Internet and their searching skills is a starting point to enhancing Internet use among the Ummah. This paper is a report of a study conducted among Muslim faculty members in a Nigerian public university. The university is one of the Nigerian second generation universities located in Northeastern part of the country. There are 10 faculties and one college of Medicine, 68 Departments, 862 academic staffs and 25,000 students. The university awards diploma, bachelor degree, post graduate diploma, Masters and PhD. This study used qualitative approach to investigate the influence of Internet access and faculty members self rated search skills on their use of the Internet for academic activities. A semi-structured face to face interview was use to collect data form the participants. A total of 14 Muslim faculty members took part in the Interview. The notes gathered from the Interview were transcribed and coded based on the main and emerging themes Simple percentage and interpretive techniques were used to analyze the data. Among others the study found that physical access, psychological, and limited search skills constitute challenges to effective use of the Internet. Recommendations and suggestions were made based on the findings. This paper concludes that for effective utilization of the Internet, university management should provide infrastructure and motivation that would enhance access and utilization. In addition LIS practitioners should intensify efforts on search skills and provides psychological interventions that would encourage faculty members to use the Internet. And finally Muslim faculty members were urged to be their brother keeper by encouraging their colleagues who were not using the Internet.
Description: This paper was presented at the 6th World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists 2011 (WCOMLIS 2011), held on the 16-17th November 2011, at the Cultural Activity Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
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