COMPUTERIZATION OF LIBRARY SERVICES IN ANAMBRA STATE: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Regina Eyiuche Obiadazie, Ndidi Grace Nwankwo (CLN), Ifeanyi Adindu Anene

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This research investigated the extent to which libraries in Anambra State computerize their services and the challenges hindering the computerization of library services in the State. They population is made up of 208 librarians (49 males and 159 females) in the 16 libraries in Anambra State. There was no sampling. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. A questionnaire titled “Challenges in the Computerization of Library Services in Anambra State (CCLSAS)” was developed by the researcher, validated by experts and used for data collection. The reliability of the instrument was determined using test re-test method. Data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation while the null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed among others that there were WWW and internet services in the libraries for users. It also revealed the challenges hindering computerization of library services to include lack of reliable source of power supply in the library; no air-conditioned rooms for ICT facilities; librarians have little knowledge and skill of ICT, etc. It was recommended among others that government should provide ICT infrastructures such as reliable LAN and WAN in schools and librarians should be properly trained.


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Computerization, Library Services, Librarians

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