Her study noted that despite the heavy investments in e-resources, usage levels in universities were still low. This was attributed to the lack of appropriate searching skills and competences among users, which limits them from making productive searches, leading to low levels of e-resources usage. Lack of awareness of available resources and limited numbers of computers dedicated to users were also identified as critical factors limiting usage of electronic resources. The study also found out that access to and use of electronic health information heavily depended on awareness of available resources, accessibility of the resources, user attitudes and practices and an enabling ICT infrastructure.
Ms. Kinengyere recommended that users should be equipped with the necessary skills to select, retrieve and use scholarly electronic health information. The study further recommended that all stakeholders (including librarians) should increase vigilance in creating awareness of available resources. Universities should invest more in ICT infrastructure to improve access to the e-resources. Usage should be monitored and evaluated to enable librarians and institutions to measure the impact of the e-resources usage.
Chairperson: Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura – Dean, EASLIS