Security issues and service provision in Laz Otti Memorial Library, Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria
This study dealt with security issues and service provision in academic libraries using Laz Otti Memorial Library of Babcock University Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria as a case study. The increase in insecurity of library materials due to theft, mutilation and vandalism by its users gave birth to this research. The objective was to identify security issues faced by the library, their causes and those materials vulnerable to theft and also proffer solutions to insecurity of library resources. Descriptive survey method was employed. Data was analysed with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS. A self-constructed questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. Theft and vandalism of library resources were recorded and theses/projects, books and monographs had the highest theft rate. The research found that there was an increase in crime rate due to poor user orientation and lack of security personnel in the library. The study also showed that the library is in need of electronic theft detection machine. It was also discovered that security issues affected the service provision in various departments especially the circulation and reference departments. There is a significant relationship between security issues and service provision in Laz Otti Memorial Library. To curb this menace, library management must educate users on use of library resources and the effect of theft and mutilation on service provision and delivery. Security cameras and personnel must be deployed strategically around the library to check for defaulters. The use of electronic theft detection machine was also recommended to the library management as a more effective means of crime detection and control in the library.
Keywords: Library security, Theft, Mutilation, Vandalism, Library resources; Laz Otti Memorial Library, Babcock University