Newspaper use among undergraduate students at a college library at the University of Education, Winneba. Ghana
Newspapers are among the information resources found in all types of libraries because they constitute an important source of information for users. The CODeL Library, recognising newspapers as an important source of information, subscribes to the newspapers in the print format. Visitors to the library use the newspapers to advance their knowledge. In light of that it is essential to examine the use of newspapers among undergraduate students. Therefore, the study sought to examine the use of newspapers by undergraduate students who patronise the library. The main instrument for data collection was questionnaires which included both open and closedended. A sample size of 437 was selected through a simple random technique and was used for the study. The students who were involved were from different faculties at the north campus were asked to respond to the questionnaire after the purpose of the study was duly explained to them. The analysed data was presented in frequency tables and percentages. The findings of the study showed that respondents acknowledged newspapers as good sources of information, useful for academic purposes, improves their writing and enhances their academic work. Generally, the study established that respondents have a positive attitude towards newspaper reading. In respect of challenges, the study revealed inadequate copies of newspapers and the inability to borrow among others. Recommendations made included, among others, adjusting newspaper collection development policies to
include electronic newspaper subscriptions and creating another space solely for newspapers to allow for discussions.
Citation: Larson, A. G. (2021). Newspaper use among undergraduate students at a college library at the University of Education, Winneba. Ghana.
International Journal of Technology and Management Research (IJTMR), Vol. 6 (1): Pp.139-153.
Received: March 22, 2021
Accepted: September 1, 2021