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Dissertation Information for Stephen A. Osiobe

NAME:
- Stephen A. Osiobe

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Pittsburgh (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Patrick R. Penland

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Richard Andrew Krzys
- Patricia Brown Pond
- Ellen Detlefsen
- Anthony Debons

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES BY FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN NIGERIAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the information sources used by faculty and students in medical schools in Nigeria in order of frequency of use and to determine what sources are used by them for specific information demanding tasks such as research, teaching, studying, patient care, drug and miscellaneous needs. Data was collected by means of questionnaires.

Based on the findings of previous studies it was hypothesized that: (1) medical faculty in Nigeria engaged in research make more use of library related sources of information than their faculty colleagues engaged in medical practice; (2) faculty in non-clinical departments differ in their use of information sources from faculty in clinical departments in Nigerian medical schools; (3) faculty in different specialties differ in their use of information sources; and (4) clinical students differ from pre-clinical students in their use of information sources.

Data related to he hypotheses were treated statistically through a two-factor ANOVA with repeated measures on one factor and Spearman r(,s). Hypothesis one was supported by results of the analysis data.

Auxiliary findings, indicated that scientific/technical journals are the most important resource materials to faculty in research, patient care and miscellaneous needs; monographs/textbooks are the most important source of information to students as well as the prime instructional source material to faculty; private information files and personal contact with colleagues are important sources of information to faculty and students. Other findings are: clinicians and pharmacists use few sources of information to meet their drug information needs; medical faculty rarely use drug industry-based sources of information; Medical Reference Librarians and library card catalogs are rarely used by faculty and students; researchers make significantly more use of bridges to information than clinicians, while the reverse is the case for AV materials.

Recommendations for improved information flow include: strong journal and adequate monograph/textbook collections in medical school libraries; a dynamic, personalized reference service, and introduction of a clinical library program and MEDLINE service.

MPACT Scores for Stephen A. Osiobe

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:22:52

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