Application of Computer in Library Routines: Challenges and Prospect in Rivers State University Library
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Keywords

Application, Computer, Library Routines, Challenges, Prospect, Academic Library.

Abstract

The study examined the Application of Computers in Library Routines: Challenges and Prospect in Rivers State University library using the descriptive survey research design and purposive sampling technique was used to select a sample of 16 librarians out of the total population. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire while simple percentages and frequency tables were used for data analysis. The result of the study revealed that computers are used for library operations and routines especially in the areas of cataloging and classification, Charging and discharging of information resources, purchasing of information resources, online public access catalog (OPAC), and registration of users, amongst others. The study also revealed that inadequate funding, lack of qualified staff, inadequate information communication technology infrastructure, erratic power supply, and inadequate support from the administration are the major challenges faced by the library. It was recommended that there should be regular training and finance provision, strong institutional support for computer projects, and provision of alternative power supply.

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