An Assessment of the State of Readiness for Library Automation in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Library Yola and Ramat Library, University of Maiduguri

Oyelekan Gbadebo Oyeniran, Joseph Tumba

Abstract


This is a survey research carried out to assess the state of readiness for library automation in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Library Yola and Ramat Library, University of Maiduguri. The study sought to ascertain the sources of their funding, available personnel and infrastructure on ground for automation. Questionnaire, interview and observation were used to collect data. The sample of the study was 27 professional librarians. 8 were from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Library, Yola; 19 were from Ramat Library, University of Maiduguri. The data collected were analyzed using frequency counts and percentages. The study found that: there was poor funding, and lack of/inadequate infrastructure and personnel for the purpose of library automation in both universities. It concluded that the two federal university libraries were not adequately ready for library automation. Hence, it recommended among others that, Vice-Chancellors should release enough funds to their respective university libraries for automation, Internet facilities and connection to the National Virtual Library of Nigeria.

Keywords: Assessment, Readiness, Library automation, University.


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