Staff development and library services in academic libraries in Bayelsa and Delta States
The study examined staff development and library services in academic libraries in Bayelsa and Delta States. Descriptive survey research design was used for this study, data was collected by means of a questionnaire form one hundred and seventy-one (171) librarians of fifteen (15) academic libraries in Bayelsa and Delta states. The findings arising from the study are: various factors such competition among staff, job challenges, higher qualifications requirements, financial assistance from employers, self-interest, contribute to staff development in the libraries, most of the library staff received training and development through seminars and workshops, orientation courses, in-service and induction courses and regular programmes. The result shows that training and development brings about job efficiency, motivation and satisfaction. The study concludes that training and development have positive influence on library services and as such, should be given priority. It was recommended that there should be a staff development committee for academic libraries, whose responsibility will be to cater for the development of staff in all ramifications.
Keywords: Academic libraries, staff training, motivation, library services, staff development