Effectiveness of Public Library in Meeting the Information Need of the Community Users: A Case Study of Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State, Nigeria
Folashade, Y. K
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
At every level of education in a nation, Library is an essential part. It is established as a social agency of civilization and development with the sole responsibility of acquiring, processing and making available information materials that reflects the intellectual, educational, cultural, political and other needs of the society. In Nigeria, the public library is expected to play an indispensable role in life of the community they serve in order to ensure the realization of national development. Looking at the uncompromising roles of the public library, this survey looks at the effectiveness of public library in meeting the information need of the community Users in Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State. This study uses three different sets of questionnaire for collection of data from the respondents. These are a set for the Librarian/Library Officers, one for Library Users andanother set for the Non Library Users. Data obtained for the were analysed using frequency count and simple percentage. The study reveals lack of awareness in the community, operation time, non conducive environment among oyhers as some of the problems faced by the library users and the non-user inclusive. Hence, organizing enlightenment programmes to sensitize the community, reading competition among school childrenand much more are recommended.