A user registration system for Kings College Budo Library
Nagawa, Damalie Kirabo
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The study aimed at designing a User Registration System for Kings College Budo (KCB) Library in order to improve on the services offered by the library to its users. The objectives of the study were to; identify the different types of Users who have to access Kings College Budo Library, examine the current system used in registration of Users at Kings College Budo Library, establish the challenges encountered by library staff in the registration of Users at Kings College Budo Library, and develop a User Registration System at Kings College Budo Library. The study adopted a case study research design that employed mixed qualitative and quantitative data collection methods of questionnaires, interview and observation methods. Sixty five (65) respondents were selected to participate in the study. Purposive and convenience sampling method were used to select the library staff and users who participated in the study respectively. The study found out that the users of the library were students, teachers, non teaching staff and the community members. The research findings showed that the school library uses a manual system for the registration of users in the school library. The challenges of the system include; long queue and tiresomeness, tiresomeness of the registration system, information over load, time consuming, inadequate funds, limited capital, and insecurity of the library user’s records. The challenges presented above critically show the need for the User Registration System at Kings College Budo Library. The suggestions to improve the user registration were; using computers in the registration of users in the school library, increasing the library funding, recruitment of more staff, acquiring an online system and training of the library staff. The study also found out that users of the system require a user friendly system which can authorize users, able to capture all the users details, able to search and display users details and a cheap system to maintain. The study concluded that there is need for a User Registration System at KCB Library. It was recommended the school administration to adopt the proposed User Registration System for a library to be implemented to support the registration of students at KCB. Other recommendations were; information needs assessment, provision of guidelines to operate the system, provision of correct information and training the library staff.