Disaster Management in Academic Libraries in Benue State, Nigeria

Mary E. Adadu and Mbalamen S. Ianna
Keywords: Academic libraries, Disaster, Disaster management, Benue State, Nigeria
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2019 1(1), 59-69. Published: July 13, 2019


Abstract

The place and relevance of academic libraries, their resources and services in the 21st century cannot be overemphasized. Hence this study is on disaster management in academic libraries in Benue State: problems and prospects. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The total population for the study was 205 library staff in 3 (three) academic libraries. No sampling technique was employed since the population was small and manageable. A structured questionnaire was used for collection of data and a response rate of 205 (100%) was recorded. Data collected were analyzed using frequency counts, percentages (%), mean ( X ) and standard deviation (SD) to answer research questions A majority of the academic libraries were constrained among others by lack of disaster management plan, inadequate/malfunctioning firefighting equipment; lack of disaster management committee and lack of training on disaster management. Based on the findings, was concluded that librarians should be sensitized on the need for disaster management plan and policy in academic libraries in Benue State, Nigeria. It was recommended, among others, that awareness programmes on disaster management in the library should be provided as well as adequate funds for the management of disaster.