Guidelines for improving provision of library services at Nakawa Vocational Training Institute Library
Katushabe, Musumba Allen
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The study aimed at designing guidelines for improving provision of Library Services in Nakawa Vocational Training Institute Library. The study was guided by objectives including: to establish the current status of library services provided at Nakawa Vocational Training Institute Library, to find out how library services are managed, to identify the challenges of providing library services and to come up with guidelines for improving provision of Library Services at Nakawa Vocational Training Institute Library. The study adopted purposive, case study, qualitative data analysis approach and three data collection approaches which included questionnaire, interview and observation. The study targeted population was 42 from which a sample size of 30 was selected and included 2 librarians and 28 students. The study findings show that the current status of library service provision at Nakawa Vocational Training Institute Library is poor. The study identified the problems facing the library service provision in Nakawa Vocational Training Institute library which include; limited and irrelevant collection, Inadequate reading space, Inadequate furniture and inadequate funds. The challenges in providing library services were also elicited from the study and these included; poor technology infrastructure, less interest in library materials, unrecognized library values, inadequate library budget, time wasting and political system hindrances among others. The study concluded that the challenges faced in providing library services are mainly attributed due to the absence of formulated guidelines for improving provision of Library Services. Consequently, basing on the study findings, the researcher recommends that there should be adopting of the proposed guidelines suggested in chapter 5 in order to improve the provision of library services. The researcher also recommends the following training of library staff, digitization of library materials, acquisition of more computers, allocation of enough funds to the library department and conducting of library orientation.