Measures to curb delinquent acts in academic libraries in Kaduna State

Esievo, Lovet O. Measures to curb delinquent acts in academic libraries in Kaduna State. Continental Journal of Information Technology, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 35-43. [Journal article (Print/Paginated)]

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This work examines the measures adopted to curb user delinquency in academic libraries in Kaduna State. Survey research method was used for the study. The instrument used for investigation was questionnaire, which was administered to fifteen (15) academic libraries. The administration of the questionnaire was restricted to the head of the libraries under study. Also, interviews and personal observation were carried out on the same day the questionnaires were administered, and all the questionnaires administered were completed and collected back, giving a response rate of one hundred percent (100%). The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics and percentage. Based on the result obtained, the following are the findings of the study. It was discovered that user orientation, surveillance within the library, formal user education and ensuring proper issuing of library materials ranked the highest, with a score of one hundred percent (100%). This is followed by instruction against smoking in the library, which is eighty-seven percent (87%), and surprise check in user hostels and lecturers’ offices, with a score of seventy-three percent (73%). Finally, the least were informal user education and instruction against eating in the library, with the same score of sixty percent (60%). The above are the application measures to curb delinquent acts that were identified in this study. The studies concludes that user delinquency in academic libraries in Kaduna State is a phenomenon that is likely to continue indefinitely, and that academic libraries must intensify their efforts and adopt more effective methods of arresting the ugly situation in libraries. Six (6) of the fifteen (15) academic libraries studied, indicated that all measures mentioned in the research were employed. The six (6) libraries which include: Federal College of Education, Zaria (FCE), Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (KIL), Nigeria Defence Academy Library, Kaduna (NDA), Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology Library, Zaria (NITT), Samaru College of Agricultural Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. (SCA) and School of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Library, Mando, Kaduna (SAAH) like any other library take acts of user delinquency very serious. The research recommends magnetic back code system, installation of alarm system, “tung style”, securing mechanism at the entrance of the libraries and provision of Information Communication Technology (ICT) would enhance good record keeping, so that any library materials taken away without the due process, would be easily detected.

Item type: Journal article (Print/Paginated)
Keywords: Measures, Delinquent Acts, Academic Libraries, Curb, Materials, Check, Investigate, User.
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
Depositing user: Francis Abulude
Date deposited: 28 Apr 2011
Last modified: 17 Dec 2012 15:52
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/15578

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