SOCIO-ECONOMIC VARIABLES AND STUDENT'S CHOICE OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN THE UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH-EAST AND SOUTH- SOUTH ZONES OF NIGERIA

Unagha Amanze Onyebochi

Abstract


The study revolves round the socio-economic variables and student 's choice of Library and Information Science in the South-East and South-South Zones of Nigeria. It investigates the variables of societal perception, job attraction and opportunity, and their influence on student's choice of Library and Information Science studies. The ex-post facto design is used for the study with full population of 530 first year undergraduates offering Library and Information Science in the universities. Validated socio-economic variables and student's choice of Library and Information Science questionnaire (SVSCLISQ) is used for data collection. Three hypotheses are tested, using Chi-square statistical technique. The influences established are significant at 0.05 significant levels. It infers that job attraction and job opportunity have significant influence while societal perception has insignificant impact on the student's choice of Library and Information Science in the universities. Concludes that career awareness in Library and Information Science profession need to be intensified to encourage students to consider Library and Information Science as a course of study in the universities in South-East and South-South zones of Nigeria.

KEYWORDS :Socio-Economic Variables-Library and Information Science profession; Job attraction; Job opportunity; Librarianshipcareer awareness.


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