Library Cooperation as a Precursor to Enhanced Library Services Provision in Academic Libraries in Imo State.

Adaora J. Udo-Anyanwu

Abstract


Purpose: The study investigated library cooperation and provision of library services in academic libraries in Imo State.

Design/Methodology/Approach: Survey design was adopted in carrying out this study. The 180 professional and para-professional staff in the six (6) tertiary institutions’ libraries which include Imo State University library, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Imo Polytechnic, Federal College of Land Resources and Technology and Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Total enumeration sampling procedure was employed to take complete count of the population.

Findings: Findings of the study revealed that interlibrary loan, exchange and joint publication constitute the few areas of library cooperation in the tertiary institutions studied; and there is significant relationship between library cooperation and provision of library services in the tertiary institutions studied whereas inadequate funding, outdated technology and fear of loss of resources are some of the challenges posed by library cooperation.

Originality/Value: The study provides empirical justification for the effectiveness of library cooperation on quality service delivery.


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