FEE-BASED LIBRARY SERVICES: AVAILABILITY, EXTENT OF USE, AND IMPEDIMENTS IN FEDERAL ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN SOUTH EAST NIGERIA

Jaachike Kelenna Ejezie, Prof. Ifeka E. Okeke

Abstract


Purpose: This study examined the availability, extent of use, and impediments to the use of fee-based services in federal academic libraries in South-East Nigeria. Three research questions guided the study.

Design/ Methodology/ Approach: The design of this study is descriptive survey. The population of study includes 190 librarians from the 11 federal academic libraries in South-East Nigeria whereas the sample of the study consisted of 164 librarians from 8 federal academic libraries in 3 states of the South-East using purposive sampling technique. The research instrument adopted for the study was observation checklist and questionnaire. Percentage and arithmetic mean was used to answer the research questions.

Findings: The major findings of the study were as follows: The federal academic libraries in South-East Nigeria mostly adopt the internet browsing /Email, fines for overdue items, library card replacement, binding /lamination etc; to a very high extent federal academic library in South-East Nigeria use fee-based library services in the forms of Sale of discarded books, membership fees for primary users, membership fees for non-library members etc; The librarians strongly agreed that copyright issues, Lack of marketing skills and techniques among staff lack of fee-based policy and dearth of library materials are among the impediments to fee-based services.

Originality/ Value: There might have been resources dealing on fee-based library services; but little might have delved into the component elements of availability, extent of use, and impediments especially as library budgets kept shrinking and its services kept expanding.


Keywords


Fee-Based; Library Services; Academic Libraries; Fee-Based Library Services

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