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ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY IN THE LIBRARY SERVICES DELIVERY OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI, IMO STATE, NIGERIA
ABSTRACT: The issue of quality library services to users of academic libraries has been a worrisome one due to the state of some of our academic libraries, staff and economy of the country. Oftentimes libraries are not funded adequately by the government whether federal or state, hence poor and inefficient manpower and structures in our academic libraries. The study therefore, assessed the quality in the library services delivery of Federal University of Technology, Owerri library, Imo State, Nigeria which revealed the facilities and problems associated with FUTO library in the discharge of its duties. The survey research method was adopted while a structured questionnaire titled “Assessment of Quality in the Library Services Delivery of Federal University Owerri Library Questionnaire” (AQLSDFLQ) was the instrument for data collection. The study was guided by six (6) objectives and six (6) research questions. The entire FUTO library staff formed the population of the study which is 130 staff made up of all the full time library staff comprising of professionals, para-professionals and non-professionals excluding the 16 registry staff posted to the library. Data collected from respondents were analyzed using simple descriptive method, percentages and results tabulated. The findings revealed that FUTO library has a lot of challenges that hinder quality library services delivery which included but not limited to poor funding, inconvenient facilities/buildings, lack of needed skills by staff, lack of mentorship and trainings, e.t.c. It was recommended that FUTO management should make adequate funds available for the upkeep of the library, employ staff with the necessary technical/technological skills, provide convenient facilities/buildings, organize trainings on ICT skills to mention but a few. If the recommendations are strictly adhered to, FUTO library will improve in its services to a great extent.
KEYWORDS: assessment, quality, quality services, FUTO library, library services, services delivery