ACQUISITION AND UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION RESOURCES IN NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NIGERIA

ACQUISITION AND UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION RESOURCES IN NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

This study investigates acquisition and utilization of information resources in National Library of Nigeria. The study adopted the descriptive survey design. The population of the study us 465, consists of all the NLN staff in the five (5) professional departments of the National Library of Nigeria. The research was guided by eight research questions which covers:  the acquisition methods employed in National Library of Nigeria,  types of resources acquired in National Library of Nigeria, the  extent to which  the  Information Resources  are acquired in National Library of Nigeria, the extent to which the Information Resources are Utilized in National library of Nigeria,  the problems associated with NLN acquisition of information resources,  the problems associated with NLN utilization of information resources,  the strategies to be employed to enhance acquisitions in National Library, strategies to be employed to enhance utilization in National Library? The instruments for data collection are questionnaire, checklist and interview. The data from the questionnaire were analyzed using frequency distribution table, percentage and mean scores. The findings revealed that library resources are acquired basically through purchases and not legal deposits,   both book and non book resources are acquired to great extent, most of the resources in the library are appropriately utilized, funding is the major problem confronting the acquisition of resources in the National Library of Nigeria, staff indifference to users constitute the major problem of utilization of the resources, training and retraining of staff as well as offering free access to resources are among the major strategies for enhancing utilization of resources in the National Library of Nigeria. The study recommended that there should be adequate staff training ,government should make more funds available for book purchase, there should be communication between the staff and users so there needs  will be made known to the organization ,resource sharing should be encouraged .