THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES ON THE ATTAINMENT OF THE HEALTH MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN SOUTH-SOUTH NIGERIA
Emojorho, D. and Ukpebor, O. C.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study surveyed the roles of Public libraries in the attainment of the health aspect of the Millennium Development Goals in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It also identified the health-information needs of the community and information services rendered by the publiclibraries. The role of public libraries in the attainment of this aspect of theMDGs has been a daunting task for public libraries as a result of government negligence. The method adopted for the study is the survey design in which structured questionnaire was designed and used as data collection instrument. The target population was public library staff/users in the south-south part of Nigeria. The result showed that public libraries have played significant role towards the attainment of health-MDGs and library users make significant demand for all categories of health information especially in the area of maternal and childcare. However, majority of the public libraries have no Internet services. The findings revealed the imperativeness for all other relevant agencies to key into the health-MDGs especially in assisting the Public Libraries. It brought to the awareness of users, the use of public libraries in supporting local and international policies and for the provision of information services for library users.It is on this account that there should be more attention from government and individuals on development of the public libraries in Nigeria.