Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association Nigerian Library Association en-US Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 0029-0122 HEALTH INFORMATION LITERACY AS A PANACEA FOR MITIGATING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA <p>The most recently discovered Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought untold hardships to people of all nations and no one can predict when it will end. The virus which started in China in December, 2019 virtually infected every country of the world. Governments all over the globe are making frantic efforts to suppress the spread of the disease yet the infection is still continually rising. The virus has to be contained through preventive measures and health information literacy (HIL) is imperative to power and sustain government efforts in the fight against the pandemic. This study therefore examined the role of health information literacy in reducing the spread of Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria. It specifically focused on finding out the health information literacy programmes available in Nigeria; identifying the channels through which health information literacy programmes are provided for Covid-19 information; examining the information spread on Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria; and examining the health information literacy programmes produced for mitigating the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Documentary research method was used to gather, review and critically analyse recent studies and other related literature on the subject matter. The study identified some of the burning issues concerning COVID-19 pandemic and health information literacy. It also drew the attention of leaders and authorities concerned about the positive impact of health information literacy in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.</p> Shehu U. Mabera Jafar Abdullahi Iliyasu Ahmadu Abdu Balarabe Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 1 12 UNDERSTANDING THE HEALTH INFORMATION SOURCES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN ZARIA, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA <p>The paper investigated the understanding of health information sources among people in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria during the COVID-19. The Source of health information is critical during a pandemic situation such as the present COVID-19 pandemic. Source of information is the point of contact from where information is derived to solve pressing health related problems. The objective of this study was to investigate the sources of information utilized by people in Zaria metropolis during the COVID-19 period. This study is primarily qualitative involving exploring the information practices of the participants. Data was collected using a semi- structured interview guide with 8 participants. The findings revealed that participants sourced for information about COVID-19 from six sources. These are through; family, friends, orthodox medical practitioners, acquaintances, mass media and COVID-19 patients. Support is indicated as important in coping with chronic diseases, trusting the sources are equally a subject of concern. Also, the findings revealed that information is understood in six different ways thus:Information is important, information is critical, information is rumour and unsubstantiated, information is authentic, and information is confusing and misleading. The study concluded that identifying correlations between sources and understanding of the information are fundamental to developing insights that will help in the creation of targeted management, mitigation, and preventive policies; ultimately minimizing the risks and costs of chronic diseases. The study therefore recommends that sources of information utilized by participants in this study setting should be harmonized by medical authorities’ in order to achieve the desired health outcome. The medical authorities should ensure that everyone has access to accurate information and removing harmful content.</p> Romoke Opeyemi Quadir Abdulmuta’ali Oyedeji Abdulkadir Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 13 25 COMPLIANCE WITH COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS BY ACADEMIC LIBRARIES FOR SAFETY OPERATIONS IN NIGER STATE <p>This study was carried out to determine the compliance with covid-19 guidelines and protocols by academic libraries for safety operations in Niger State. The study showed that there is high level of compliance with NCDC guidelines in the operation of academic libraries in Niger State. Although it was discovered that much is not done on the aspects of training the library personnel on proactiveness to covid-19, and in-placing of proper channel of communication, consultation and reporting cases. On the basis of these findings, the study concluded that academic libraries in Niger State are proactive and taking appropriate actions aimed at mitigating the spread of covid-19 in the area. However, the study recommended that training and re-training of library personnel on proactive ways to covid-19 especially on first aid exercise, provision of more number of facilities to the libraries should be provided and library taskforce on covid-19 should be motivated to rise up to their responsibility of supervision.</p> Alhaji Muhammad Muhammad MOHAMMED SABA ADAMU MUHAMMAD BWAHARI YAKUB JAFAR ABDULLAHI ILIYASU, Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 26 35 A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY OF LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY USERS' VIEWS ON LIBRARIES' RESPONSE TO CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC IN NIGERIA <p>Purpose: This study aims to cross-examine librarians' and library users' views on libraries' response to the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.<br>Design/methodology/approach: This study was a cross-sectional online descriptive survey. A sample size of 744, comprising of 359 librarians and 385 library users, was used. Data were collected using an online questionnaire, Data were imported into Excel, then SPSS version 20, and analyzed using cross-tabulations, descriptive statistics, and t-test.<br>Key finding(s): Libraries respond to the new (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria, although library users and librarians rated libraries' response and coverage very low. More library users (42.0%) rated libraries' response and coverage of the pandemic low than librarians (35.5%) did.<br>Practical implication(s): The study is beneficial to all stakeholders in all types of libraries, including library managers, librarians, policymakers, etc. It can be utilized as a standard to improve the direction of library response and activities as they unfurled all through the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. It has paved the way for other libraries wishing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and develop a library policy of pandemic preventions and preparedness.<br>Contribution to Knowledge:. This study provides data on facts relevant to libraries' response and coverage of the Covid 19 pandemic in Nigeria.<br>Paper type: Research</p> Blessings Amina Akporhonor Florence Nwanne Olise Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 36 49 SURVEY OF NEW LIBRARY POLICIES, PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES DESIGNED TO MITIGATE COVID -19 PANDEMIC IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES <p>This research investigated New Library Policies, Programmes and Services Designed to Mitigate COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigerian University Libraries. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The target population was the librarians working in the 11(eleven) private university libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was used to select six (6) of the 11(eleven) private university libraries, total enumeration sampling method, a type of purposive sampling technique was adopted to select the sample size of 34, constituting all the librarians working in the six (6) university libraries selected for the study. Questionnaires were administered to all the 34, out of which 27 representing 79 % rate were retrieved and found usable for the analysis. Using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS Version, data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics of mean, standard deviation, frequency count and percentage, in cognizance of the objectives of the research. Findings showed that new library policies, services, and programmes designed to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic were effective. The study concluded that libraries must continue to rejigger their library services to steer the new normal library environment and continue to be proactive drawing new policies and programmes to manage developments as the COVID-19 situation evolve and recommended that libraries should readjust library services to be more dynamic in library services delivery, giving more attention to digital library services and remodeling library operations.</p> Rhoda Osebhahiemen Isiwele-Ishola Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 50 63 STATE AND CHALLENGES OF SERIALS MANAGEMENT FOR POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA <p>This study investigates the state and challenges of serials management for postgraduate research in university libraries in North Central Nigeria with the objective of finding out the state of serials management for postgraduate research, challenges of serials management and strategies to overcome the challenges of serial management for post graduate research in university libraries in North Central Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive research design. A population 4655 made up of 4646 registered postgraduate students and 9 serial librarians was used for the study while a sample size of 465 respondents was obtained using multi – stage sampling technique. Findings indicate that, serial section is not well stocked with assorted local and international journals and other serial materials, university institutional database has no or little open access journals both local and international for PG students’ research work, Internet network is not adequately available to access online serials, serials titles are not easily accessed. Also from the point of view of the library staff, the study revealed that serials are not well selected using selection tools like ULRICH Serials Directory to encourage PG research, serial section is well stocked with assorted local and international journals and other serial materials to ease PG research among others. It was also found that challenges like inadequate staff to attend to postgraduate students, inability of some staff to satisfy user information needs, mutilation of some serials, inadequate quality and current serials and others are associated with serials management. It was recommended that, employment of more staff, training of available staff to improve their competency, replacement of mutilated serials, acquisition of quality and current (recent) serials, and others should be done to overcome the challenges of serials management in university libraries in North Central Nigeria.</p> Joy Asibi Idachaba Hungwa Shidi Olayinka Mary Adekoya Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 64 77 PROVISION AND ACCESSIBILITY TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES BY ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS IN DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, ABRAKA <p>The study investigated the provision and accessibility of electronic information resources, and its utilization by librarians in Delta State University Library, Abraka. The survey design was adopted and a questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. Forty (40) librarians were sampled with 85% retrieval rate. The findings showed that e-periodicals, e-journals, and e-reference were provided while e-indexes and e-abstracts, online database, e-serials and government reports were not adequately provided. Accessibility was low, thereby impeding librarian’s scholarly activities. The reasons why librarians access e-resources included gaining general knowledge, to be current in the profession and for promotion. These activities were hindered by high subscription in underfunded libraries, low speed of computers and incessant power outage. It was recommended that the University Administration and Library Management should improve on the bandwidth so as to enhance Internet connectivity and facilitate researchers' access to online e-resources and ensure high research productivity. Also, more ICT trained personnel should be on ground to assist researchers.</p> Patience Uzezi Otolo Williams T. Saibakumo Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 78 85 DOG-EARING AND ITS EFFECTS ON LIBRARY RESOURCES IN ADE BIMFE IKE LIBRARY OF ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA UNIVERSITY BAUCHI <p>Dog-ear is an act of folding down corner, bookmark and keeping sheets of paper together in a book and other fragile information resources, in the absence of a stapler or paper clip that leads to the reduction of lifespan and damage of the material. The study investigated the types of Dog- Earing perpetrated on the Library resources of Adebimfe Ike Library of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) and ascertain its causes and effects. A descriptive research design guided by four objectives and four research questions was adopted. A questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. Twenty-five (25) Library staff that made up of all the professional librarians and shelves supervisors were the population of the study. The data collected was analyzed using mean and standard deviation with the help of Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). The findings of the study revealed amongst other things that, Newton and Highlight Dog-Earing were the two major types of perpetration of information resources used in the Library with a mean rating between 2.80- 2.85. Finally, the study recommended amongst other things that, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) should be properly utilized in the Library to minimize these occurrences, as well as providing good photocopying facilities to be used when needed by Library users.</p> Salisu Yunusa Umar Aliyu Abubakar Danlami Abdullahi Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 86 95 AN ANALYSIS OF LIBRARY AND FACULTY COLLABORATIONS IN SOUTH WEST UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA <p>The study investigated an analysis of library–faculty collaborations in Southwest Universities in Nigeria. Descriptive survey design and multi-stage sampling techniques was adopted and questionnaire as the instrument of data collection, with the total population of the study consisting of 461 lecturers from the faculty of science of six (6) universities covering both public and private ones in the Southwest geo-political zone of the country. Using the Cronbach alpha, the reliability of the test instrument was established at (α=0.85). Results on the perception of library and faculty relationship were based on different opinion: a significant number of the respondents disagree that academic institution can exist without the library and information services, there were equally significant conflicting responses that disagree that the library and the faculty are not mutually exclusive. The latter opinion was reinforced with subscription to the view that the library and the faculty were mutually exclusive. Areas of collaboration identified included mutual commitment to a mission and collection development, establishment of profitable communication channels, building of strong information literacy infrastructure, involvement of the library in curriculum design and the engagement of the faculty in the formulation of library policies among others. The challenges militating against profitable collaboration between the two cognates were identified while relevant recommendations were made.</p> Olukemi A Fadehan Joshua Onaade Ojo Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 96 114 REPOSITIONING LIBRARIES FOR SUSTAINABLE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN NIGER STATE, NIGERIA <p>This study investigated the role of libraries in sustainable educational development in Niger State. The objectives of the study were: determination of the sustainability of tertiary educational development in Niger State; the role of academic libraries in sustainable development in Niger State, and factors inhibiting the sustainability of educational development by institutional libraries in Niger State. Three research questions were postulated to guide the study while a descriptive survey research method was used for the study. The population of the study comprised 78 educational institutions. As such, 78 copies of questionnaire were administered out of which 70 (90%) were returned and found usable. Descriptive statistics method was used in analyzing the data collected which are shown in tables with frequencies and percentages. The findings of the research showed that production of adequate manpower and availability of skilled experts were among the reasons for sustaining education development while availability of well trained teachers and provision of adequate financial resources were among the factors necessary for sustaining educational development in Niger State. The findings of the study also revealed that inclusive selection of relevant, current and adequate information resources both in print and non-print were some of the roles academic libraries could play in sustaining educational development in Niger State. Further more, the finding revealed that lack of specific skilled manpower and insufficient deployments of Information Communication Technologies were some of the factors inhibiting the sustainability of educational development in Niger State. The study concluded that despite the facts that Niger State has made great impact in the development of the education sector, there is room for more improvement. It is thus recommended, among other things, that proprietors of tertiary institutions should provide sufficient funding to the libraries in the State.</p> Yahaya Uthman Mustapha Bitagi Abubakar Mohammed Copyright (c) 2022 Nigerian Libraries: Journal of Nigerian Library Association 2022-07-03 2022-07-03 54 2 115 123