PUBLIC LIBRARY EXTENSION SERVICES IN KOGI AND BENUE STATES, NIGERIA
This study was carried out to investigate public library extension services in Kogi and Benue States of the North Central Nigeria. Six research questions bothering on availabi1ity of resources for public library extension services were developed and answered by the study. The study employed descriptive survey research design for data gathering through the use of a structured questionnaire. The population for the study was 1,738; made up of 71 public library staff and 1,667 public library users in the two states. The sample frame for the study was 271 comprising all the 71 library staff and randomly selected 200 library users from the two states. A 22-item checklist and 40-item questionnaire were developed from the reviewed literature and used for data collection. Two experts validated the instrument. The data for the study were collected by the researcher with the help of three research assistants. The data collected were analyzed using means. The findings of the study revealed that most of the identified public library extension services are not available in the two states, that the level of awareness of public library extension services are low among the users, that the respondents through their responses need public library extension services. In addition, the study also found that public library extension services in the study area are confronted with some notable challenges and there are some strategies that could be employed for enhancing the public library extension services in the study area as found out by the study. Based on these findings, the study therefore recommended among others that there should be proper finding and resources mobilization for the acquisition of information resources and the provision of effective library services in both states, that there should be provision of multimedia resources such as ICTs for effective and up-to-date service delivery of public libraries in the two states.
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