Factors impacting library-related uses of mobile phones by students in public universities in Malawi

South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

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Title Factors impacting library-related uses of mobile phones by students in public universities in Malawi
 
Creator Chaputula, Aubrey Harvey
Mutula, Stephen
 
Subject Mobile phones; ownership of mobile phones; university students; academic staff; public universities; Malawi.
 
Description The purpose of this paper is to report on findings of a study that was conducted to determine academic and library-related uses of mobile phones by students in public universities in Malawi. The study surveyed students at Mzuzu University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kamuzu College of Nursing, the Polytechnic, and the College of Medicine. Self-completion structured questionnaires were administered to a sample of 370 students. The data collected was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and the results are presented in the form of percentages, tables and graphs. Findings indicated that mobile phone ownership among the students was very high with 99.7% of the respondents owning one or more mobile phones. Findings further showed that students used mobile phones for searching e-books, e-journals, the library website and the catalogue. Most of the students indicated that ease of accessing services using mobile phones (200; 88.1%), and the internet’s ability to be accessed from anywhere at any time (185; 81.5%) positively impacted on their use of mobile phones. Conversely, the high cost of mobile internet and websites not being mobile-friendly were the notable factors that negatively impacted the use of mobile phones. Studies of this nature have not been previously conducted in public universities in Malawi. This study will, therefore, inform researchers intending to conduct similar or related studies in public universities in Malawi.
 
Publisher LIASA
 
Contributor This paper did not receive any funding.
 
Date 2018-08-19
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1757
10.7553/84-1-1757
 
Source South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science; Vol 84, No 1 (2018)
2304-8263
0256-8861
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1757/1490
http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/downloadSuppFile/1757/155
 
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