Innovative Solutions in Academic Libraries: Report from Two Libraries in Osun State, Nigeria

Odumade, Adepero O. and Egbeyemi, Taiwo A. (2019) Innovative Solutions in Academic Libraries: Report from Two Libraries in Osun State, Nigeria. In: THE16TH ISTEAMS CONFERENCE, 9TH TO 11TH JUNE, 2019, THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, ILARO, OGUN STATE.

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This study focused on identifying innovative solutions that are in place to solve problems and improve quality of service delivery in Tekena Tamuno Lbrary, Redeemer’s University Ede and Training Library, Department of Library and Information Science, Federal Polytechnic Ede. Methodology: The study adopted a descriptive survey method. Two libraries were selected for the study through snowballing sampling technique. Interview was the major instrument for data collection. Findings: The study discovered that the two libraries face challenges on provision of quick and unrestricted access to information resources, which was impossible due to the limitation of paper based collections. To solve this challenge, digitization and provision of access to electronic resources are major innovative solutions common to the two libraries. This has greatly reduced users’ frustration because users can now have access to information resources they need, available for download free of charge, while eliminating physical queues at the circulation desks and users’ frustrations. Recommendations: The study recommends, among others, that libraries should embrace digitization and provision of access to electronic information resources, as well as deployment of modern technology for creating relevant solutions to the problems facing the libraries. Originality/Contributions to Knowledge: The study, through primary data collected directly from the field, has revealed the potency of using modern technology, especially digitization, to solve the problem of users’ frustration, time wastage and decline and has reposition the image of the libraries across the spheres of the academic communities where the study were conducted.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Taiwo Egbeyemi
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 10:00
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 10:00

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