Guidelines of combating theft and vandalism of information resources for Kyambogo University
Namutebi, Olive Winfred
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This research project discusses and examines the security management for prevention of book thefts in the library with Kyambogo University Library. Kampala serving as a case study. The aim of the study was to identify the causes of book thefts and mutilation in Kyambogo University Library and how to curb and preserve the continuous use of this information resources in the library. In order to achieve an easier method of combating theft and vandalism of information resources, which is becoming a serious threat to Kyambogo University Library, the researcher sought to develop guidelines to combat this problem. The project aimed at developing guidelines for combating theft and vandalism of information resources for Kyambogo University library and objectives of the study were to identify causes of book theft and mutilation of library materials, to find out the means through which library materials are being stolen, to identify the methods library adopt to prevent its information resources from the theft and mutilation and to identify the security measures that can help to prevent theft and mutilation. A case study research design was used and a qualitative research approach adopted in the study. A sample size of 100 respondents was used consisting of both the KYU staff and students while adopting a qualitative research approach in discussing findings. The survey research method was employed. Questionnaire are the main instrument for data collection. Frequency, tables, percentages is the main statistical tools used for data analysis. Results of the analysis showed that the university library books are stolen and mutilated due to inadequate library materials, financial constraint and selfishness on the part of library users. It was also discovered that various methods were adopted for stealing and mutilating of the library books which include: tearing of book page(s) off, removing of the book jacket cover, hiding of books under their clothes and their pockets. Some recommendations were proffered to eradicate theft and mutilation in university libraries. Some of these recommendations are: that University libraries should provide photocopying services to enable the library users photocopy books that are few in the library. The study also recommends that university management should provide adequate library materials to meet the information needs of their users.