Guidelines for utilisation of library resources at St. Joseph S.S Nansana
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The study aimed at developing guidelines for the utilisation of library resources at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library. The study objectives were to; identify the library resources available at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library, examine the current status of library resources at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library, investigate the challenges in the utilization of library resources at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library and develop guidelines on utilization of library resources for St. Joseph SS Nansana Library. The study used a case study research design while adopting a mixed research design that is; both qualitative and quantitative research methods of data collection in the study. The study used a simple random sampling method to select 66 students, 10 teachers and two librarians who participated in the study. The study findings established that St. Joseph SS Nansana Library offer a wide range of library both in print and non-print information materials which include; text books/ monographs, journals, newspapers subscriptions, magazines, dictionaries, encyclopedias, electronic materials, audio and video materials, CD-ROM, practical’s videos, documentaries, history movies, plays (Luganda and Literature in English) among others. The library users visit to satisfy their needs such as; access to consultation services, reader services, research services and internet services. The library offers services which include; library orientation, circulation service, photocopying, assistance in locating library materials, exhibition and display, reference services, reading space. The challenges faced in delivering the library services at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library were; poor library orientation, inadequate information materials, strict rules and regulations, un friendly librarian, small reading room, lack of a library catalogue, inadequate funds, inadequate reading room, inadequate storage space, inadequate computers in the library, and low turn up for students during orientation. The strategies suggested to improve on the library services offered at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library were; employing qualified staff, providing more space for reading, allocating funds to the library and provision of computers and internet in the library. The study also suggests the guidelines for effective delivery of library services at St. Joseph SS Nansana Library.