ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS’ PERCEPTION OF CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF ACCREDITATION PRACTICE OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Conference proceeding at the 7th National conference Academic of Academic and Research Libraries on Academic and Research Libraries in Digital Environment
Every university is set up for teaching and learning, research, and community service or development. This triad mission forms the basis to determine the quality and standard of university education. As a measure of the quality of university education delivered or received, accreditation exercise is carried out regularly. In the process, the quality of library services provided is a huge determinant of the overall quality of university education, and should this be below expectation, a university stands the risk of being denied full accreditation with its implications. Against this backdrop, this paper identified the challenges and prospects of accreditation practice in Nigerian universities from the perception of the academic librarians in particular identifying the challenges of funding; the state of facilities; the quality and quantity of resources; quality of staffing; and the importance of accreditation practice in university libraries. The purposive sampling technique was used to select 64 academics in four university libraries. The questionnaire was validated, tested for reliability, and administered to the sample. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed some challenges which were ranked in order of priority. Against the challenges, prospects were identified and discussed with appropriate recommendations made.
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