An Assessment Of Information Resources And Service Provision Of Staff School Libraries
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The study investigated the information resources and services of staff school libraries in Niger state. The general objective of the study is to assess the information resources and services of staff school libraries in Niger State. Survey method was adopted for the research; the choice of this method is based on the fact that the study area is spread across different geographical area and involves large population. The population of the study consists of the staff school libraries and librarians/teacher librarians in Niger state. Simple Random Sampling technique was used to select six (6) out of twenty one (21) staff school libraries. Instrument for data collection was observation and questionnaire containing items on availability and adequacy of resources, availability of services, method of acquisition and organization of resources and challenges constraining the provision of information resources and services.
The data collected were analyzed using frequency and percentages. The findings revealed that the available resources were printed resources which are mostly text books, maps and pictures. The libraries do not have computers and other non-printed resources the resources and services available are inadequate. It was also found out that most of the school libraries acquire library resources through purchase and gift/donation. The method of organization used by the libraries were subject basis and numerical order, none of the libraries use classification scheme in organizing their resources. The staff school libraries were face with many challenges ranging from inadequate funding, lack of relevant resources, lack of professional staff and mutilation of library materials. Finally, the study therefore recommended the following: provision of adequate budgetary allocation to school libraries to enhance provision of varied and adequate resources, effective library and information services, qualified staff and functional ICT and internet facilities to be made available in the staff school libraries
1.1 Background to the Study
The library which is the hub of any educational set up, provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in the increasingly information and knowledge-based society. The library is, therefore, able to equip pupils and students‟ imagination, thereby enabling them to live as responsible citizens (Federal Republic of Nigeria FRN, 2001).
A schoollibrary (or a school library media center) is a library within a school where students, staff, and often, parents of a public or private school have access to a variety of resources. The goal of the school library media center is to ensure that all members of the school community have equitable access to books and reading, to information, and to information technology. A school library media center uses all types of media is automated, and utilizes the Internet as well as books for information gathering. School libraries are distinct from public libraries because they serve as learner-oriented laboratories which support, extend, and individualize the school’s curriculum. A school library serves as the center and coordinating agency for all material used in the school.
According to Saka andBitagi (2010) school library can be defined as a place designed for the provision of all kinds of learning resources. Petters andOttong(2012) described school library as a learning laboratory that provides opportunities for pupils to develop information skill. Augustine, Odenigbo, and Tongs (2014)defined school library as the part of the school where collection of books, periodicals, magazines, and newspapers, films, filmstrip, videotapes, recording of all kinds e.t.c. are housed for use by the students.
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