Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Appraisal of Job Placements and Roles Performed by Librarians at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Appraisal of Job Placements and Roles Performed by Librarians at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

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Background to the Study

The university libraries have long been recognized as the "hearts" of their universities. To fulfil their mission of supporting the educational objectives of their parent bodies, which include teaching, learning, research, and cultural development and also had to develop and maintain standard books, journals, and audio-visual collections and services (Ogunsola 2004). The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is one of the three universities of agriculture established by the Federal government of Nigeria. UNAAB was established on January 1, 1988. It started its operation at a mini-campus at Isale-Igbein in the center of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. The University later moved into its permanent site which is located some 20km away and shares a common boundary with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority on the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road. The university has a total population of around 6,000 students comprising of around 4,500 undergraduate and 1,500 postgraduate students. Faculty staff strength is around 500. FUNAAB, has passed through different stages of merger and de-merge until it finally evolved as UNAAB in January 1988. The library was later named 'Nimbe Adedipe library to honour the first Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Nurudeen Olorunnimbe Adedipe. The ultra modern library building can accommodate 1000 users at a time. The total collection of books at present is 100,622 titles while the staff strength is about Seventy Three (73) as at present. Generally, librarians are ranked as academic staff but the study of Ademodi and Akintomide (2015) established that dichotomy exists among academic lecturers in Nigerian public universities and librarians and such disparity is causing lack of recognition for librarians by their counterparts (lecturers). Consequently, Higher qualifications was known to have vital role in capacity building and skill development, for example, the higher the qualification, the more the skills and exposure that one acquires, and when this is combined with interest, intellect, and experience of the individual, the success could be outstanding. To this end, Salaam and Onifade (2009) opined that Librarians in Nigerian universities have shown themselves to be capable scholars who have the ability to acquire a doctoral degree, but were not sure of the available chances. Similarly, favourable work environment was found to correlate with high productivity of personnel in any organization, as well as the library setting, for instance, the study of Amusa et al.... (2013) revealed that the work environment of the librarians in South-West, Nigeria is fairly favourable, having considered other indicators of work environments like; physical facilities, open communication, motivation, participatory management and staff development.

Objectives of this Paper

The main objectives of this paper were to:

* identify the different job placements in the Library

* Have an in depth understanding of the roles performed by each category of librarians

* Inquire about sharing of responsibilities among the library staff.

Research Questions

1. What are the various job categories in the library?

2. What are the functions of the various units in the library?

Methodology

Since this study is a descriptive research, and as such adopted a survey design using interview and direct observation method. Therefore structured interview was carried out with various categories of staff based on the research questions, and their (staff) responses form the bulk of findings of this research.

Findings

Academic librarian: job description

Academic librarians are responsible for acquiring, organising, managing and distributing library resources, and ensuring that library provision meets the needs of all its users. As academic librarians are responsible for providing support to academic departments, job vacancies may demand a degree that is relevant to a particular subject area. …

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