Public Library Service: A Catalyst for Community Development

MADU, Comfort C., ONYENEKE, Cajetan O. and AZUBOGU, Ngozi (2018) Public Library Service: A Catalyst for Community Development. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session S01 - Africa. In: Libraries as Centers of Community Engagements for Development, 22-23 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Public Library Service: A Catalyst for Community Development

The study adopted a descriptive survey research design to examine public library service as a catalyst for community development. This study is delimitated to 10 public libraries in Isu, Mbano, Umuhu, Aboh-Mbaise, Okigwe, Orlu, Orodo, Afara, Nkwerre and Obowo, all in Imo state of Nigeria. The population of the study consists of all the staff working in the ten public library divisions and all the dwellers in these same ten communities listed above out of which the researcher selected 46 Librarians and 200 community dwellers using the stratified sampling technique. A 4-point Likert scale titled Public Library and Community Development in Nigeria (PULICODEN) was developed by the researcher and used for data collection. The instrument was adequately validated by four experts and the reliability of the instrument was established at a reliability index of 0.89 using the cronbach alpha method. Two research questions and a null hypothesis guided the study. The research questions were answered with mean scores and standard deviation while the hypotheses were tested using the z-test statistics at 0.05 significance level.

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