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Examining the intentions of a Ghanaian technical university students to use e-library

Eugene Okyere-Kwakye (Department of Business and Management Studies, Koforidua Technical University, Koforidua, Ghana)
Khalil Md Nor (Department of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Main Campus Skudai, Skudai, Malaysia)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 26 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Electronic library (E-library) is a form of computer mediated system that uses electronic media, such as Web/internet devices and distributes resources to improve on the quality of teaching and learning. Students’ use of e-library for learning is essential and as such the government has invested hugely into its subscription for several university libraries in Ghana. However, most university students feel reluctant to use the e-library resources for their studies. The purpose of this paper is therefore to examine the factors that influence students’ intention to use e-library resources for their studies.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaire was used to collect data from 200 students from one Technical University in Ghana. Structural equation modeling (SmartPLS) was used to analyze the data.

Findings

The study found that accessibility, attitude, perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness and relevance to studies have positive significant effect on students’ attitude to use e-library. In addition, self-efficacy, subjective norm and attitude have positive significant influence on students’ intention to use e-library.

Research limitations/implications

Although the sample frame used for this study may be unique, but the total amount of data collected was limited to providing the general representative of the Ghanaian students in one particular university. Other researchers may consider collecting data from other universities to extend the sample frame for a larger sample size of students.

Practical implications

Academic administrators need to organize training and workshops on how to use the e-library portal for their search and other didactic assignments. Most importantly, students should be given IT or internet tutorials as foundation for the use of the e-library portal.

Social implications

Universities have to provide internet access such as hotspot and network routers at the labs, classrooms and other vantage points. It is believed that with these in place, adequate access to the internet would promote students’ engagement on the e-library facility.

Originality/value

The study examines the factors that influence students’ intention to use e-library resources for their studies in Ghana.

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Citation

Okyere-Kwakye, E. and Md Nor, K. (2020), "Examining the intentions of a Ghanaian technical university students to use e-library", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-05-2020-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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