Enhancing security of information resources for Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Library
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This research project discusses and examines the security management for prevention of insecurities in the library with Mbarara University of Science & Technology Library as a case study. The aim of the study was to identify the causes of book thefts and mutilation in Mbarara University of Science & Technology Library and how to curb and preserve the continuous use of these information resources in the library. In order to achieve an easier method of combating insecurity of information resources, which is becoming a serious threat to Mbarara University of Science & Technology Library, the researcher sought to develop guidelines to combat this problem. The project aimed at developing guidelines for enhancing security of information resources for Mbarara University of Science & Technology library and objectives of the study were to; identify causes of insecurity for library information materials, find out the means through which library information materials are being stolen, identify the methods library should adopt to prevent its information resources from the insecurity and define the security guidelines that can help to enhance safety of information resources A case study research design was used and a qualitative research approach adopted in the study. A sample size of 50 respondents was used consisting of both the MUST staff and students while adopting a qualitative research approach in discussing findings. The survey research method was employed. Questionnaires 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 library 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.