Administrative functions and library services in tertiary institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria

Maria T. Otu
Keywords: Administrative functions, tertiary institutions, library services, library administrators, professional librarians, paraprofessional librarians, education and academic libraries.
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2023 5(2), 83-91. Published: September 18, 2023


Abstract

This study examined administrative functions and library services in tertiary institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria. To achieve the purpose of the study, five research questions and five research hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Literature was reviewed based on the variables in the study. The survey design was adopted for this study. Here 208 respondents (professional and paraprofessional librarians) constituted the sample of the study. A 41-item questionnaire titled “Administrative Functions and Library Services. Questionnaire (AFLSQ)” was constructed by the researcher and used for data collection. Data collected were subjected to analysis using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and descriptive statistics. The findings of the study revealed that there was significant influence of planning, organizing, directing, staffing and funding on library services. The study recommends among others that administrators of tertiary institutions libraries should encourage human resources development programmes like seminars and in-service training of staff to promote the provision of library services in their libraries. Also administrators of tertiary institutions libraries should be provided with adequate funds by government to implement their policy decisions relating to planning, organizing, directing, staffing and funding for effective and proper administration of their libraries.