Influence of demographic characteristics on artisans’ success in meeting their information needs in Nsukka metropolis of Enugu State, Nigeria

Judith l. Ezugwu and Reuben E. Ozioko
Keywords: demographic, Artisans
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2019 1(1), 26-35. Published: July 13, 2019


Abstract

The paper examined the influence of demographic characteristics on artisans’ success in meeting their information needs in Nsukka metropolis of Enugu state, Nigeria. The study was guided by two specific objectives and descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. Two hypotheses were tested at 0.05% level of significance. The population of this study consisted of all the registered male and female artisans in Nsukka metropolis with a sample made up of two hundred and twenty eight artisans from eighteen vocations. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire. Percentages mean and standard deviation were used in analyzing the data. The findings revealed that the great majority of the artisans were males, the greater number of respondents were in the age range of 41-50 (51%) while in terms of education, the greatest number, 63 of the respondents, (36.3%) attended primary schools. It was recommended that youth should be encouraged to join these group since the group is dominated by elderly people and more females should be encouraged to acquire the skills of artisanship from various vocations since few female were among the artisans; that state government should provide adult and continuing education centers and programmes to elderly and young artisans for them to acquire more knowledge that will equip them in their search for information in order for them to meet their information needs, that there should be a subsidized training scheme that would attract youth to both theoretical and practical knowledge in various artisans vocations and public libraries should be involved in the provision of information to artisans.