Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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This study examined how effective the ICT gadgets are used in securing books in academic libraries and what technological approach the libraries will adopt in the future to ensure books are secured from mutilation and theft. The study was also to understand why students steal or mutilate books. A semi-structured interview was the qualitative research design used to collect data from six librarians. It was discovered that the libraries had adopted the use of ICT security gadgets like Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, surveillance cameras, self-service machine, magnetic strips. The combined use of these gadgets led to the drastic reduction of book theft, leaving the libraries with mutilation issues (the unwelcome by-product of an effective security system). There is no effective technology in the selected libraries to tackle the issue of book mutilation, which was discovered as the major threat to books in the libraries.