Journal of Academic Library and Information Science
International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science
Vol. 3(7), pp. 193–199, July, 2015.
Full Length Research
Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Prisoners’ At the Medium Security Prison In Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State
1Tarzaan, Patience Mwuese (CLN), 2Chorun, Matthew Terfa (CLN) and 3Mbatsoron, Victoria Member
1Medical library, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi.
2Francis Sulemanu Idachaba library, University of Agriculture Makurdi. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3Francis Sulemanu Idachaba library, University of Agriculture Makurdi. E-mail: email@example.com
Accepted 23 July 2015
This study is
designed to give an insight into the information needs and seeking
behavior of prisoners in medium security prison, Makurdi Local
Government Area of Benue State. The researchers collected data through
the use of focus group interview which was conducted using a number of
ninety (90) respondents from the convicted and awaiting trial inmates.
Basically, opinion leaders were used and their responses have been used
as basics for generalization. The researcher discovered from the
findings that a number of factors inhibit access to information. These
factors include among others, high cost of information materials, high
rate of illiteracy, lack of awareness on the part of the people,
radio/television programmes, totally absent and no information centers,
and public libraries services to them. The study concludes that
prisoners need and seek information materials like other citizens and
that the information needs and seeking behavior varies from person to
person. Recommendations were made in order to ameliorate the identified
Cite This Article As: Tarzaan PM, Chorun MT, Mbatsoron VM (2015). Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Prisoners’ At the Medium Security Prison In Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State. Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 3(7): 193-199.