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Publication date: 8 January 2018

Christopher Kwame Filson

The purpose of this paper is to find out the similarities and differences in collection management practices of the main libraries of the University of Cape Coast and the…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to find out the similarities and differences in collection management practices of the main libraries of the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a qualitative approach in considering the research problem and also used the case study to collect data. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the respondents.

Findings

Some of the results highlighted are: both libraries had sections responsible for collection management practices, the collection management practices carried out by both libraries were almost similar, lack of adequate professional staff, lack of adequate funds and unavailability of Collection Management Policy were some of the challenges.

Research limitations/implications

The study focussed on the activities performed by the various sections directly involved in the collection management practices and excludes administrative practices.

Practical implications

In order to make any library functional, collection management should be a shared responsibility of all the sections of the library and that enough money is required to link the staff and the information resources in the library together.

Social implications

All stakeholders of libraries must play their role to make academic libraries functional.

Originality/value

The study provides insight into the collection development activities undertaken by the libraries of the only public academic institutions purposely build by the Government of Ghana to train graduate teachers for Basic and Second-Cycle institutions in Ghana.

Details

Library Management, vol. 39 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 14 August 2017

Christopher Kwame Filson and Gladys Ewurama Edumadze

The purpose of this study is to find out the prospects and the factors which militate against the smooth operations of the University of Cape Coast satellite libraries.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to find out the prospects and the factors which militate against the smooth operations of the University of Cape Coast satellite libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

A well-structured questionnaire was used to solicit data from all the staff of the 31 satellite libraries on the Campus of the University of Cape Coast. To ensure reliable findings, the survey approach was used. The first part of the questionnaire looked at the status of staff of the satellite libraries. The second part dealt with the information resources of the libraries, services provided by the libraries and staff developmental issues, while the last part solicited information on the challenges of these libraries. The quantitative data obtained mainly from the questionnaire were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS).

Findings

Some of the major findings are as follows: staff of the satellite libraries have the opportunity to upgrade themselves academically; the Main Library organised a series of in-service training for the staff of the satellite libraries; majority of the staff of the satellite libraries were non-professional and inadequate; and the majority of the satellite libraries were ill equipped, lack of simple working materials like accession registers and stamps, and lack of recognition of library staff by administrators, lecturers and students.

Research limitations/implications

The major components of a library are the building, staff and information resources; however, the study was limited to the staff and information resources, but excludes the building in which the libraries were housed.

Practical implications

Functional satellite libraries are required to support the activities of the main libraries.

Social implications

Satellite libraries are to support the main library to achieve its vision and mission; hence, their ineffectiveness affects the parent institution.

Originality/value

Satellite libraries support the main libraries in accomplishing their vision and mission, but it can be noted that much has been written on the main libraries, and is it high time the state, management and challenges of satellite libraries were exposed.

Details

The Bottom Line, vol. 30 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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