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Funding of University Libraries in the South-east Zone of Nigeria

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Funding of University Libraries in the South-east Zone of Nigeria.

ABSTRACT  

The study focused on the funding of university libraries in the south-east zone of Nigeria. To achieve the purpose of the study, five specific objectives and five research questions were posed to guide the study. The descriptive survey research design was used for the study. Data were collected from 12 universities in the area made up of 4 federal universities, 5 state universities and 3 private universities. 

 A 50 – item questionnaire named funding of university libraries in the south-east zone of Nigeria (FULQ), which has 6 sections and a 5- item structured interview guide (OIGFUL) were the instruments used for data collection. The percentage and mean statistics were used to analyse the data with a criterion mean of 2.5. The findings show that the university libraries sourced their funds from their proprietors, endowments, photocopying services and library fees paid by students, among other sources.

The funds that were received by the university libraries from 2002 – 2007 were inadequate, and this negatively affected the provision of services in the university libraries. The results also show that several factors, such as inflation and high exchange rates affected the funding of university libraries, while strategies such as commercialization of some library services such as printing were accepted as strategies for improving the funding situation in university libraries. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page ………………………………………………………………………..i
Approval Page …………………………………………………………………..ii
Certification Page ………………………………………………………………..iii
Dedication …………………………………………………………………………iv
Acknowledgement ………………………………………………………………v
Table of Contents………………………………………………………………..vi
List of tables……………………………………………………………………..vii
Abstract……………………………………………………………………………ix

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction
Background to the Study…………………………………………………………1
Statement of the Problem………………………………………………………….5
Objectives of the Study …………………………………………………………6
Significance of the Study ………………………………………………………..6
Scope of the Study ………………………………………………… …………….7
Research Questions ………………………………………………………………8

CHAPTER TWO: Review of the Literature
Conceptual Framework …………………………………………….……………9
Objectives, functions and roles of University Libraries ………………………….11
Funding Needs of the University Libraries ………………………………………12
Sources of funding……………………………………………………………….16
Funding Trends of University Libraries …………………………………………18
Problems Associated with Funding of University Libraries ……….……………20
Empirical Studies on Funding of Libraries ………………………………………23
Summary of Literature Review …………………………………….……………26

CHAPTER THREE: Research Methods
Research Design …………………………………………………………………28
Area of the Study ………………………………………………………………..28
Population for the Study …………………………………………………………28
Sample and Sampling Technique ………………..……………………………….29
Instrument for Data Collection ……………………………………. …………….29
Validation of the Instrument …………………………………………………….30
Method of Data Collection ………………………………………………………30
Method of Data Analysis ………………………………………………………..30

CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA

CHAPTER FIVE: DISCUSSION, CONCLUSION, RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUMMARY.
Discussion of findings ……………………………………………………………37
Conclusions ………………………………………………………………………40
Implication of findings …………………………………………………………..41
Recommendations ……………………………………………………………….42
Suggestions for further research …………………………………………………43
Limitations of the study …………………………………………………………43
Summary of findings …………………………………………………………….43
REFERENCES …………………………………………………………………45

INTRODUCTION  

University education has assumed a centre stage in the development of Nigeria. The rate at which universities are established in Nigeria shows that the quest for knowledge is increasing. The university trains the country’s high level man power and is invariably a potent driver of its economic, political and social development. In the present age, no country can develop beyond the level of its educational institutions, especially universities.  

The importance attached to university education for the development of high level manpower has led to the proliferation of universities in Nigeria. There were only five federal government owned universities in 1970, but now there are well over seventy-two universities. Though the Federal Government still maintains a lead in university ownership, state governments, corporate bodies and private individuals are now competing with the Federal Government 

Ifidon (1999) described the university as an institution of higher learning where students are trained in thinking, problem-solving processes and in vocational skills. He goes further to list the functions of universities as teaching; research publications; extension services; interpretation; conservation of knowledge and ideas, pursuit, promotion and dissemination of knowledge and information; provision of intellectual leadership; manpower development; promoting intercontinental unity and international understanding.  

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CSN Team.

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