AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES IN PRISON LIBRARIES IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

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AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES IN PRISON LIBRARIES IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

Abstract:
This abstract provides an overview of a study conducted to assess the availability of information resources and services in prison libraries in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study aimed to evaluate the extent to which prison libraries in the state are equipped to meet the information needs of inmates, as well as to identify potential challenges and recommendations for improvement.

The research employed a mixed-methods approach, combining both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. A survey questionnaire was administered to prison library staff to gather information on the types of resources available, the frequency of library services, and the level of staff training. Additionally, interviews were conducted with a sample of inmates to gain insights into their perceptions of the library’s resources and services.

Preliminary findings indicate that prison libraries in Anambra State face several challenges in terms of resource availability and service provision. Limited budgets, inadequate staffing, and insufficient physical infrastructure were identified as key constraints. The study also revealed a lack of up-to-date and diverse reading materials, including educational resources, vocational training materials, and legal references, which are critical for inmate rehabilitation and reintegration efforts.

Furthermore, the study identified a need for improved information literacy programs and training for both inmates and library staff. Inmates expressed a desire for more access to digital resources, including e-books and online learning platforms, to enhance their educational and personal development opportunities.

Based on the research findings, recommendations for enhancing the availability of information resources and services in prison libraries were developed. These recommendations include increasing funding for prison library development, improving staff training and capacity building initiatives, establishing partnerships with external organizations for resource provision, and leveraging technology to expand access to information.

By addressing the challenges identified and implementing the recommended strategies, it is anticipated that prison libraries in Anambra State, Nigeria, can play a more significant role in promoting rehabilitation, education, and successful reintegration of inmates into society.

Keywords: Prison libraries, information resources, information services, Anambra State, Nigeria, inmate rehabilitation, information literacy, resource availability.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page                                                                                  i

Declaration                                                                                ii

Approval Page                                                                           iii

Dedication                                                                                  iv

Abstract                                                                                     vi

Table of Contents                                                                      vii

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1    Introduction                                                 1

1.2  Background of the study       3

1.3    Statement of the General Problem                                  4

1.4    Objective of the study                                                       5

1.5    Significance of the study                                                  5

1.6    Statement of hypothesis                                                   6

1.7    Scope of the study                                                             6

1.8    Limitation of the study                                                     7

1.9    Definition of terms                                                            7

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

2.0    Introduction                                                                      9

2.1    Review of related literature                                             9

2.2    Theoretical framework

2.3    Summary of review                                                           33

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.1    Introduction                                                                      35

3.2    Research design                                                                35

3.3    Area of study                                                                    35

3.4    Population of the study                                                    36

3.5    Sample size                                                                       36

3.6    Instrument for data collection                                          36

3.7    Reliability of the instrument                                            37

3.8    Validity of the Instrument                                               38

3.9    Method of data Collection                                                 38

3.10  Method of Data Analysis                                                  39

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS

4.1    Introduction                                                                      41

4.2    Characteristics of the respondents                                   41

4.3    Presentation of Data Analysis                                         43

4.4    Discussion of Findings                                                     48

4.5    Summary of findings                                                        49

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.1    Summary                                                                          51

5.2    Conclusion                                                                        52

5.3    Recommendation                                                              53

Biography                                                                         54

Appendix                                                                           56

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