The Rural Library Resources And Services; A Critical Appraisal Of Two Rural Libraries In Imo State 

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A survey study was carried out on the use of information source and services in two rural libraries in Imo State.
The study revealed that the major users wee students and youths whose information needs were basically for examination and for personal enlightment. The available resources in the libraries were found to be inadequate and in most cases. Inappropriate.

This situation was credited to poor funding of the two libraries as well as to lack of local contents in the collection of rural libraries.

It was also rerual that the two rural libraries lacked the capability and competence to provide translation service to the non-literature group of the community.

List Of Tables And Graph

Table 1

Were there any unexpected benefits to have in the two rural libraries resources

Table ii

How will you determine if the rural library resources was successful in meeting the goals of two rural libraries resources

Table III

Who is responsible for undating library materials

Table IV

What goals and objectives of the were not meet?

Table V

Are they any goals what are not relevant and can be deleted form plan.

Table VI

How often is services being used.

Table Of Contents

Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title page
  • Approval page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • List of tables and graph
  • Abstract

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Objectives of the study
  • 1.3 Scope of the study
  • 1.4 Statement of problem
  • 1.5 Significant of the study

Chapter Two

2.0 Literature Review

Chapter Three

3.0 Research Methodology

Chapter Four

4.0 Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.1 Findings and analysis
  • 4.2 Distribution of respondent by age
  • 4.3 Respondent by education level
  • 4.4 Frequency of library use
  • 4.5 Reason for visiting the library
  • 4.6 Uses of resources
  • 4.7 Adequacy and appropriateness of information sources
  • 4.8 Frequency of us of library services

Chapter Five

5.0 Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusions
  • 5.3 Recommendations
  • Bibliography

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background Of The Study:

The two rural libraries are seen as repositories of human experience and knowledge. Although the two rural libraries have changed significantly over time, their cultural roles have remained essentially the same. The two rural libraries are still responsible for acquiring and proiding access to books periodicals and other media that meet the educational recreational an informational needs of their users.

In order to effectively sustain their cultural roles. Libraries have been categories into different types to render their services better and to satisfy more patrons rural libraries exist in different stages of development. Although the varied contexts in which they operate inevitably result the differences in the service, they provide and they way those services are delivered.

The two rural libraries have delivered. Modalities in shared characteristics.

The two rural libraries can be seen as the local gete-way to knwoeldge, provides a basic condition for life long learning.

Independent decision-making and cultural development of the individual and social groups. The two rural libraries are non-for profit orgnaisatins, established, supports, and funded by the community, either through local, regional or community organization. They provide access to knowledge information and works of the imagination through a ranges of resources and services that are meant to be equally available to all members of the community regardless or race: nationality, age, gender religion, language, disability, economic and employement status and educational attainment.

In order words, the two rural libraries are locally based services organizations set up to meet the needs of the local community and to operate within the context of the communities while contributing to the creation and to operate within the context of the communities while contributing of the creation and maintenances of a well-informed and democratic society.

The two rural libraries help to empower people in the enrichment and development of their lives and that of the communities.

According to parvathinma and Reddy (2009) the two rural libraries have been noted to improve literacy through various information and edfucational services. They render over time. They are also well known to stimulate imaginative thoughts and expand personal horizons while making the empowerment of citizen and provision of access to common cultural heritage reality. As a rsponsitory of human experience not subject to the barriers of space and time, the major purposes of the two rural libraries is to provide information.

According to Lawal and udofia (1994). The two rural libraries meets the information needs of the users in the following four categories.

  1. Education to develop society adults children and to fill gaps in memory
  2. Information to develop executive activities such as economic, social and commercial development
  3. Aesthetic- to cultivate appreciation for culture, art, truth and judgment
  4. Recreation – to provide amusement and hobbles.

The function o the two rural libraries therefore is to implemtnt o enrich, to vitalize and humanize the educational progammes as it strives to attain excellence in content, process and product. Rural library systems in Nigeria have been noted for adopting foreign models with little or no adaptation to local content.

Over the year, public libraries in rural settlement have been characterized by low patronage which some authors attribute to the inappropriateness in the two rural libraries collection and the lack of consultation between the two libraries and the existing and potential clients. Still well (1991) for example, pointed out that the two rural libraries in Imo state were established without prior examination of the information needs of those who were to use the services.

1.2 Objectives Of The Study:

The general objective of the study into find out the information resources and service that are vailable in the two rural libraries in Imo state in particular.

  1. To achieve the general objective the following specific objective were for
  2. To find out the characteristics off the rural dwellers using the two rural libraries their reasons for library use
  3. To find out the various resource available in the library and the frequency of us
  4. To determine the adequacy of the information resources provided by the two rural libraries
  5. To find out the services being render to the community by the two rural libraries.

1.3 Scope Of The Study:

This research is restricted to the two rural libraries resources; as a critical appraisal in imo state. It will also unegets the relative involve of the two rural libraries resources to the institution is to carryout through wrk thtat will stand the test of time.

1.4 Statement Of The Study:

The two rural libraries process can make information accessible to users but it was unfortunately two rural libraries over some years suffers major set back due to some objectives such poor resources, non availability of current books and journal.

Adequate services like selective dissemination of information, document delivery services are not provided in rural libraries.

1.5 Significant Of The Study:

In every research work are bound to a very important finding for conclusion.

They may support existing knowledge the rational of this research work cannot be over emphasized. It would help to clarify resources.

It is expected that the findings of these research would be used to improve the two rural libraries resources as a critical appraisal.

Chapter Five

5.0 Summary Of Findings, Recommendation And Conclusions:

5.1 Recommendation

The study has revealed that the majority of the people using the two rural libraries are mostly male student and youths. The information resources in the libraries are adjuded to be in appropriate for the community of users and not readily available mostly used sources and reference and non-fiction materials. The use of readily room and reference services take the lead among the resources and services. The study also revealed that retires and government workers used the rural library mainly to read newspapers and magazines.

People used the rural library also for their class assignment and current affairs matter.

Further more, the majority of the users do not use the materials held in the library but use the two rural libraries primarily as a place for study, because rural libraries quiter and more specious than their comes.
This is in line with the findings off the international network for the availability of scientific publication (INASP) (2000).

5.2 Conclusion

The two rural libraries have been landed as the university of the people. They are expected to provide people oriented services, aiming at satisfying the general public though the provision of appropriate information resources and services such as advisory services, strategic leadership and information on local content that incorporates indigenous knowledge system into it.

How ever the current state of the public libraries in rural Nigeria is far from what they should be, improvement is needed in increasing the funding for such libraries as well as raising the awareness of library services to the populace.

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