BOOK PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES AND LIBRARY STAFF AWARENESS IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
Okpokwasili, N. P. and Uwuma Sokari
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The awareness of library staff in academic libraries in Rivers State about the principles underlying book preservation techniques has been investigated. The survey covered four hundred library staff from three universities, one polytechnic, and one College of Education in Rivers State were investigated. Precisely, the study covers five academic libraries namely; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Polytechnics, Bori and Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State. Library Staff in these Institutions were randomly selected for the study. A questionnaire consisting of thirteen questions was used to obtain data for the study. A grand mean of 2.38 reflects a low level awareness of library staff about the principles. A t-value of 2.14 against critical value of 1.65 at 0.05 level of significances and 398 degrees of freedom reflected a significant difference in the level of awareness between the professional and non-professional library staff under study. Training and retraining of library staff are among recommendations were made.