AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES BY STUDENTS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTION

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ABSTRACT

The research was designed to investigate the availability and accessibility of information resources of federal polytechnic nekede students. The library promoter’s economic and social growth of the student daily needs to be more appreciated in our society. The available resources of the library emanate from direct purchase, gift, inter library organize the information material preserves and makes them accessible to user of the library.

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE  STUDY 

The effect of any organization’s operations depends, to a large extent on irritability, management and accessibility of relevant information. Every organization needs information and records that are vital for it operations. These records are of two kinds. The entire which are needed to conduct the day activities, and the erective, which must be filled and retained for or definite number of years are specified by how or organizational poly. The Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri was initially established as the college of Technology Owerri by Edict No. 16 dated 1st April 1978. in 1987 , it was renamed the Polytechnic by Imo State Government. The Institution was taken over by the Federal Government in April 1993 and is now governed by Federal |Polytechnic Act. The Institution is Located in Nekede about 5Km from the metropolitan capital of Imo State, Owerri. The campus comprises of B. 8 lectures of land. 

The permanent site of the Library is opposite the famous Imo lecture Hall (School of Business). The current building was completed in the year 2000 and commenced services to public in 2001. The Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library has different sections which include: the technical section (acquisition, classifying and cataloguing) circulation section, Administration leaders service, serial section and the andio-visual section. It also has the reprographic section which has different machines for the reproduction of Library materials. The library users the library of congress classification scheme which has mixed notation. The Polytechnic Library stores, a collection of materials relevant to student of the institution teaching and non-teaching staff and people living around Nekede who are carrying out research. Presently, the Library has about 38 staffs.

1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM 

This study is seeking answer to the following question.  i. What are the available resources in Federal Polytechnic Library?  ii. What is the procedure for making the resources available its user? iii. What are the problems encountered by users in drying to have access to information resources? iv. What are the problems encountered in accessing the information resources?

1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 

The objectives of the study are to:

1. Determine the various types of information resources available in the Library. 

2. To find out the various forms of information resources in Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library. 

3. To what extent can the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library improve on the accessibly and availability of information resources to its users.

4. Proffer recommendation and suggestion on how the problem could be remedied.

1.4 RESEARCH QUESTION 

a. To what extent can the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library improve on the availability and accessibility of information resources to its users?

b. What are the available materials in the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library? 

c. What do you understand by availability and accessibility of information resources? 

d. What is information?

1.5 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

This study is limited to Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library. It focused is on the availability and accessibility of information resources of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library, in achieving the aims and objectives of the student. It covers all the direct services to users. However, the availability and accessibility of information resources, which are the services to users, have been manifested.

1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY 

The study is essential because it is hoped to provide an In sight into availability and accessibility of information resources of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library (Owerri).

1.7 OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS

Below is the definition of the contextual use of terms in The study

i. Availability: – Is information the Library has in stock that is ready for use.

ii. Information:– The collection of processed data for easy retrieval 

iii. Accessibility: – Permission or opportunity to use a document.