UTILIZATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARY RESOURCES IN TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN OBIOAKPOR L.G.A. OF RIVERS STATE

UTILIZATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARY RESOURCES IN TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN OBIOAKPOR L.G.A. OF RIVERS STATE

ABSTRACT

The study is a survey of utilization of school library resources in teaching in secondary schools in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. To achieve this five(5) research questions were formulated. Four hundred and ten (410) teachers were used as sample out of eight hundred and twenty (820) that forms the population of the study from the fourteen secondary schools in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. Questionnaires and observation checklist were used to collect data. Tables, percentages and mean were used for data analysis. It was found that most of the relevant materials were not available in all the schools. Some problems such as lack of convenient accommodation, lack of funds, lack of reading tables and chairs, non-involvement of library staff in collection development, lack of qualified librarians were among the problems of these libraries. The major recommendations are: that there is need to increase full allocation of the school libraries, the state branch of Nigerian library Association (NLA) should organize development and training courses for school librarians and media specialist to enhance their efficiency in the running of the school libraries, the Post Primary  Schools Board (PPSB) should see to it that every secondary school established should have a library, new books and other educational resource materials should be provided including audio-visual equipment, principals of various schools should encourage both teachers and students to maximize the use of few resources at their disposal, among others.