Application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in securing information resources in Nigerian university libraries
This research is on the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in securing information resources in Nigerian university libraries. Ibrahim Babangida Library (IBL), Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech),Yola was surved. The study reviewed literature relating to ICT devices used in securing information resources, the causes of insecurity in libraries and the challenges faced by libraries in providing security to information resources. Convenient sampling method was adopted in selecting respondents. Out of 107 copies of questionnaire that were distributed to respondents, a total of 102 (95.3%) were returned duly completed and found useble for the study. Descriptive statistics of frequency and percentages were used to analysed the data collected. Based on the research findings it was apparently clear that mutilation and book theft, deviant behaviors induced by ICTs among others are the major causes of insecurity of information resources in the library. ICT devices discovered to be in use in IBL include; handheld detectors, burglary proofs, lamination, retrospective conversion, digitization and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). The study further revealed that some of the challenges faced by the library towards securing its resources include; inadequate funds, high cost of electronic monitoring and surveillance devices, systems failure, lack of technical support, among others. Some of the recommedations of the study are organising orientation on security and preservation of library resources, allocation of more funds to support the library formulation of security policies and trainng personnel to handle ICT facilities.
Keywords: Library, ICT, Information, Resources, Security, Information