Facilitating Public Access to Information: the Role of Niger State Library Board Minna

  • Muhammad Bala Kasim
  • Mohammed Saba Adamu
  • Fati Abubakar
  • Maryam Lami Abdullahi
  • Hajara Jibril
Keywords: Access, Information, Library Board, Public libraries, Role, Minna

Abstract

This study investigated the role of Public libraries in facilitating public access to information. The purposive sampling technique was adopted for the study. Questionnaire and observation checklist were used to collect data from seven (7) Professional librarians and forty-one (41) Para-professional library staff given a total of forty-eight (48) respondents. The sample size for the study was thirty seven (37). The data collected were analysed mean scores. Textbooks, reference sources and newspapers were the only information resources available in the library. Only four (4) out of twelve (12) mechanisms were adopted by the library in providing and enhancing access to information. Lack of fund, lack of current textbooks and lack of conducive learning environment were the major constraints in the library. All the remedies were accepted by the respondents. Based on the findings, the study concluded that public libraries in Niger State lack adequate information resources in providing access to information. This study recommended that public libraries should be adequately funded by the State government.

Keywords: Access; Information; Library Board; Public libraries; Role; Minna,

Published
2019-01-17
Section
Articles

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