Evaluating information services for horticultural crops research in Nigeria

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Adejoro, M.A
B.O. Fagbola
A.I. Adeeko

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October 21, 2020

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The value of library and information services viz collection, journal circulation, bibliographic search, library use, loan, questions and answers, weeding, internet and web access were identified and assessed. These serviced are placed along the mission and objective of the library, as a necessity for the aims of the organization in actualizing institutional progress through excellence in horticultural crops research. The strategies employed for this study were both qualitative in terms of data collection by constant monitoring, adhoc surveys of activities and soliciting for data from users, and quantitative by obtaining information and opinion from users through structured questionnaire. The efficiency of library or information services was measured according to the consumption of its resources while the effectiveness is measureds in terms of how well a services satisfies the demands placed upon it by its users. The strive to achieve excellence in horticultural crops research is reliant on available information sources and access to such sources as the study has revealed. The performance index of the library was evaluated while areas of improvement were identified especially means of attracting more users to explore the richness of its stock on tropical horticultural research. 91.3% visit the resources centre for information search to relevant sources for their research while handful 8.7% visits just to check their mails, 55.2% affirm that the environment in the resource centre is conducive however the issue of power outage (which is a national phenomenon) often jeopardize the goods services rendered by the centre On the issue of access to established databases like the AGORA/HINARI, it was observed that the frequency of use is low as 26.1% claim very frequent use, 30.4% frequently while 34.8% do not access at all.

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