Information Impact: Journal of Information and Knowledge Management

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Adoption of risk management strategies in information resources and services provision in university libraries in northern states of Nigeria

Lawal Umar


This paper discusses the risk management strategies adopted in the provision of information services in University libraries in Northern States of Nigeria. Survey research method was adopted and questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select ten (10) University Libraries and 156 library staff as sample of the study. The study found that regular supervision and inspection of the library resources, systems and operations, installation of fire alarms systems, complete risk avoidance, installation of fire extinguishers, installation of antivirus for the computers, provision for training and retraining of library staff, availability of library amnesty schemes, provision of emergency exit doors, elaborate library policies, etc. were among the risk management strategies adopted in the University libraries in Northern States of Nigeria. The need for surveillance cameras, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), 3M library security system (electronic gates), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, perimeter alarm system, movement detectors etc to be installed in strategic locations of the University Libraries was also recommended.

Keywords: Risk Risk Management Risk Avoidance Risk Acceptance

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