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International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science

Vol. 4(8), pp. 203207, October, 2016. 

ISSN: 2360-7858

DOI: 10.14662/IJALIS2016.051


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Strategies to Enhance Access and Use of E-Resources by Postgraduate Students in Selected University Libraries in Kisii County, Kenya


Jasper Mogake Masese1, Benard Omallah George2, Evans Nyanyu Makwae3 and Ezekiel Nyameti Moenga4


Kisii University, Senior Library Assistant,Kisii University Library,P.O. Box 408-40200, Kisii1

Mount Kenya University, Ag Campus Librarian Kisii Campus, P.O. Box 4441-40200, Kisii2

Kisii University, Faculty of Information Science and Technology Postgraduate Student, P.O. Box 408, Kisii3

Kisii University, Librarian I, Kisii University LibraryP.O. Box 408-40200, Kisii4


Corresponding author: omallahb@gmail.com


Accepted 23 September 2016



Electronic information resources subscribed into by academic libraries play a vital role in addressing varied user information needs and engender research and development among them. However, recent studies have indicated that there is limited access and use e-resources among postgraduate students in academic and research institutions in Kenya. Low consumption of e-resources has been attributed to limited awareness of existing about e-resources, poor training on access and uses the resources, lack of access to computers facilities for access, poor internet connectivity, and lack of information searching skills among others. This study was to assess the strategies to enhance access and use ofe-resources by postgraduate students in selected academic libraries in Kisii County, Kenya. A survey research design aimed at identifying library users’ opinion on the access and use of e-resources was used. Stratified sampling was used to identify the students-respondents and simple random sampling used to select the library staff. While questionnaires were employed to collect data from postgraduate students and library staff, library staff in-charge of e-resources were interviewed. The study sample comprised eighty (88) postgraduate students and library staff out of a population of six hundred and seventy two (672). The data to be collected will be analysed using SPSS according to the research objectives and presented using tables, bar graphs and pie charts. The study showed among other findings, that there are increased access and use of library resources and services through the adoption and use of strategies identified in this study.


Keywords: E-Resources, Access, Use, Academic Library


Cite This Article As: Masese JM, George BO, Makwae EN, Moenga EN (2016). Strategies to Enhance Access and Use of E-Resources by Postgraduate Students in Selected University Libraries in Kisii County, Kenya. Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 4(8): 203-207.





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