A Circulation System for Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Library
Baguma, N.K. Julius
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The project aimed at designing a Library Circulation System for Chieftaincy of' Military ntelligence. A case study research design was used and a qualitative research approach adopted in the study. A sample size of 36 respondents was used consisting of both the library staff and 30 users were involved. Data was collected using semi structured questionnaires, users while adopting a qualitative research approach in discussing findings. 06 Library staff and unstructured interviews and participant observation. And it was qualitatively analyzed and presented with the help of tables, bar graphs and pie charts. Major finding was that Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence Library does not have circulation system that helps in the charge and discharge of information materials other findings Were: challenges faced were long lines, time consumption, difficult in keeping statistical records, it was revealed that books are the most issued out information materials therefore information is the main information need of library users. Therefore the services provided by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence library like reference services, current awareness services as the study indicates. In addition, the study revealed that the library uses a manual circulation. A manual circulation system canprove to be a challenge for both the library staff and the users associated with challenges like; Long lines, time consumption, it is tiresome difficult to maintain statistics with the manual system. From the findings above, it is concluded that a lot of time is wasted during the charge and discharge of information materials at Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence library. The study therefore recommends Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence library to adopt the proposed Library Circulation System to provide a centralized database of books and management of library circulation activities. The lib does not have a circulation system hence delays during charging and discharging of library materials, the study concludes that the challenges faced Were long lines, time consumption, difficult in keeping statistical records. It was revealed that books are the most issued out information materials therefore information is the main information need of library users. Major recommendation was that the management of CMI should adopt the proposed circulation system because of its many benefits. Other recommendations are that: Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence management should endeavor to train librarians on how to operate the designed system so that they can meet the user's needs. In addition, more budget for the library should be increased for purchase of equipment like computers, scanners and above all the users should be sensitized about the system.