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Samaru Journal of Information Studies

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Adaptive technologies for library and information services for physically challenged in special education schools of Kaduna State

Patrick Ishaya, Baba S. Aduku

Abstract


This study is an assessment of the use of adaptive technologies in library and information services for physically challenged in special education schools of Kaduna state. The researcher used survey research design for the study; the population for the study comprises library staff and students (physically challenged) of Kaduna state special education school (KASSES), Demonstration school for deaf children Kawo - Kaduna and Hope for the blind school Wusasa - Zaria. Simple random sampling technique was used to select the sample for the study. Questionnaire and observation were adopted as instrument for data collection. Descriptive statistics technique was used to analyze the data and supported by tables and figures to aid clarity and understanding. The findings shows that computer, hearing aids and tape recorders are the most available, suitable and mostly utilized in all special education schools in north western states of Nigeria. This was indicated by high response recorded for computers (50%). Suggestions were offered on how to generally improve use of adaptive technologies for library and information services in special education school libraries of Kaduna State. The study concludes that qualified and dedicated service librarians should be posted to work in special education school libraries of Kaduna State. The study recommends that the state ministry of education should find ways of enhancing the use of adaptive technology in these special education schools because; these are genuine demand from adaptive technology users of the library.




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