ENHANCING LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICE DELIVERY IN NIGERIA THROUGH PRIVATE - PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP

Goodluck Okwudiri Allison (PhD), Deborah C. Eddy-Ugorji (PhD), Christie Ngozi Okorafor

Abstract


Infrastructural decay, poor funding, epileptic power supply and lack of ICT innovative technologies have hampered library and information service delivery in many Nigerian libraries. This has warranted the option of Public Private Partnership (PPP) to alleviate the hindrances experienced by library users. This study adopted survey research design. The population is 50 professional librarians drawn from public universities in Ogun State, Nigeria. Total enumeration method was used while validated structured questionnaire was used for the study. Descriptive statistics with mean and standard deviation was used to analyze the data. Findings of the study showed that respondents strongly agreed that librarians expect PPP to help in acquiring digital resources for the library. It revealed also that respondents strongly agreed that funding is the major way PPP could help improve library and information service delivery in Nigeria. The study equally showed that librarian roles include reservation services, lending services, information literacy and user education. The study observed that respondents moderately agreed that the expected collaborative roles of PPP with library and information centres include build and transfer, design-build-maintain, design-build-finance-maintain and build-transfer-operate among others. The study identified militating issues on achieving library and information service delivery in Nigeria as irregular power supply, financial problems, and inadequate infrastructure. The study concluded that collaboration with PPP by Nigerian libraries is a welcome development to promoting library and information service delivery in Nigeria.


Keywords


Library and information, Library users, Nigeria, Ogun State, Public-private, partnership, Service delivery

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