Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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The study was carried out at the Donald E.U. Ekong Library, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


The study was designed to examine the staff training indices for effective library services in Donald E. U. Ekong Library, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. The indices in the study relates to the challenges and strategies to enhance staff training in the library. The study was guided by three objectives and research questions respectively. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population for this study was 104 staff comprising both professional and para-professional staff of the library. Data was collected using questionnaire and analysed using mean scores. Findings of the study revealed that key staff training indices like In-service training, Apprenticeship, on-the-job coaching, computer literacy, simulation exercise, job rotation, workshop and In-house lectures were available in the university library. Respondents agree that visits to other libraries was not available in the library as a means of improving staff training. On the other hand, findings also show that absence of employees need analysis, inadequate skills, absence of training policies and absence of interdepartmental skills as part of the staff training problems in the library. These problems were closely followed by inappropriate and haphazard training in the library. The study recommended that there is need for constant review of staff training needs that will reflect on all aspects of the job and increased funding for library staff training programmes. Also the study recommended the development of a well written staff training policy document which can serve as a tool for development of staff in the university library.