Guidelines for improving the utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Uganda Management Institute Library
Nantambi, Aida Mary
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The study aimed at developing guidelines for improving ICT utilization in Uganda Management Institute library. The objectives of the study were; to identify the ICT facilities in Uganda Management Institute Library, to examine how ICTs are utilized, to find out the challenges affecting Uganda Management Institute Library while Utilizing ICTs and to propose guidelines for improving utilization of ICTs in Uganda Management Institute Library. The study targeted a population of 590 from which a sample of 12 respondents was purposively sampled. A case study research design was used and structured interviews, participative observation and document review were the data collection methods used by the researcher. Based on the data collected and analyzed, findings revealed that: the commonly available ICT facilities in the library were computers, video tapes, scanners, photocopiers and printers; users were not satisfied with the ICT facilities available in the library, some of the barriers to effective utilization of ICTs in the library were inadequate funding, low level of computer literacy among the staff, inadequate ICT infrastructure and low level of ICT awareness among users, users of the library use ICTs mainly for accessing educational information, keeping a variety with current news, events, Internet browsing, down loading and storing information for personal use and for word processing. The study findings concluded that Uganda Management Institute Library lacks guidelines for improving the utilization of ICTs and it was therefore recommended that the Uganda Management Institute Library should adopt and implement the proposed guidelines for improving the utilization of ICTs in the library. Basing on the findings and conclusions of this study the researcher recommends that, Uganda Management Institute Library should ensure that the following recommendations are put into consideration; more funding of the library, Provision of orientation programs on ICT utilization in the library, preparation of ICT related workshops and seminars, acquisition of more ICT facilities and ensuring of full time power supply in the library.