Evaluation of legal information services in the law libraries of federal universities in South-South, Nigeria

Emmanuel Owushi
Keywords: Legal information, evaluation, law libraries, services, federal universities, Nigeria
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2022 4(1), 54-70. Published: September 7, 2022


Abstract

This study evaluated the legal information services in law libraries in federal universities in South-South, Nigeria. The descriptive design was adopted in the study. It was guided by five objectives, from which five research questions and null hypotheses were developed. The population of the study was 3564 persons consisting of 133 lecturers, 3431 students and 20 librarians. The sample for the study was 713 persons comprising 133 lecturers, 560 students and 20 librarians. Structured questionnaire entitled: “Legal Information Services Evaluation Questionnaire (LISEQ)”. A total of 713 copies of the questionnaire were administered to respondents but 704 copies were retrieved, giving rate of 98.7%. The data collected were analysed using frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and real limit on numbers in order to answer research questions while Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that legal information services available in the law libraries include general reference services (CAS), photocopying services, routing current periodicals etc. The study revealed legal information services that were effective to include photocopying services, routing of current periodicals etc., inadequate funding, scarcity/high cost of law books, gap in subscription of law reports etc., were problems discovered affecting law library services. It was concluded that the law library services understudied are moderately available which shows the need for improvement. It was recommended that adequate funding should be available to the law libraries to acquire books, law report, journals etc., recruitment of qualified law librarians for effective running of law libraries etc.