The Effect of Library Policies on Overdue Materials in University Libraries in the South-South Zone, Nigeria
Udoumoh, Christina Ndedde, Okoro, Clara Chinyere, Library Philosophy and Practice
The library is the symbolic heart or nerve center of academic life in any university. Rubin (1998) observes that colleges are waking up to the fact that the work of every professor and every department depends on the library, because it is the place where students can learn to move beyond lectures and textbooks and investigate for themselves. Changes in teaching methods require the academic library to supplement the single text book and enrichment the curriculum. Fargo (1998) notes that the library has an even more vital relationship to the academic community than before, and that books and other resources do not merely accompany academic activities, but are the fabric of those activities.
Libraries create policies to ensure that library resources are used effectively. Policies are mechanisms for ensuring that individuals are treated fairly and equitably and that individuals' interests are managed for the greater good (Bryson 1999). Policies are guides to decision making. They ensure that organizational decisions are in line organizational philosophy (Clark 1999). Nwalo (2002) observes that policies are common in all industrial and service organizations. For consistency of service, high productivity, and efficiency, organizations provide guidelines to be followed by those involved in the service or production process.
Professional librarians exercise independent judgment in the course of providing library service. This implies that a librarians adhere policies, but may also deviate from policies when professional judgment indicates that they should. Service to library patrons cannot be overemphasized (Akinbode 2002). Readers' services, which includes lending materials, is a major service that attracts many people to the library. Users of academic libraries are free to borrow materials for home use. The level, extent, and number depend on the library's policies. Loan periods are also a matter of policy. Some users do not return materials when they are due. The research reported on here was being carried to determine the extent of overdue material and the policy factors that contribute to it.
Circulation of materials is one of the most basic library services. Circulation policies stipulate who is eligible to borrow books and how many books may be borrowed at a time and for what duration. Academic libraries usually permit extensive borrowing. Undergraduates may be allowed to borrow up to four books for four weeks, while graduate students and members of the academic staff are usually allowed up to six books for two months (Edoka 2000). The problem of overdue material is common in academic libraries. Available circulation records in the university …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: The Effect of Library Policies on Overdue Materials in University Libraries in the South-South Zone, Nigeria. Contributors: Udoumoh, Christina Ndedde - Author, Okoro, Clara Chinyere - Author. Journal title: Library Philosophy and Practice. Publication date: August 2007. Page number: Not available. © 2009 University of Idaho Library. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.