Perception and Attitude of Library Staff Towards Security of Information Resources in the University of Calabar Library, Calabar, Nigeria

By Dr James Ogom Odu


The study employed the survey research design to assess the perception and attitude  of library staff towards safety of information resources in the University of Calabar  library. Questionnaire and direct observation methods were the instruments used for  data collection while the library staff form the population of the study. There were 231  staff in the library, out of which 220 were accessible while 11 staff said to be on leave  at the time of the study were not accessible. This put the sample size at 220  respondents. The questionnaire was administered directly while the data derived was  analyzed using simple percentages (%). The finding reveals negative perception of  security as the duty of library porter and management staff; poor staff attitudes  towards security of information resources; mutilation and theft of library resources  have remained a persistent challenge in the library and there are no modern security  devices to help mitigate the security challenges. The study recommends the use of  electronic security system: CCTV, electronic doors, and the use of Bar Code Machines  to secure library resources. Besides, library staff should be given orientation on  security consciousness and the need to embrace security as the responsibility of all  staff.  

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