Journal of Academic Library and Information Science
International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science
Vol. 3(6), pp. 149–155, June, 2015.
Full Length Research
Availability of School Libraries and their Standards in selected Secondary Schools in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State
1McAlbert, F.U, 2 Ugwunna Ikechukwu Samuel, 3Ikechukwu Nwaonu and 4Ogu Dolly C
1Imo State Polytechnic, Owerri
2National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State.
3Imo State University, Owerri
4River State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.
Accepted 15 June 2015
examined the uneven availability and development of school libraries in
selected secondary schools in Imo State, Nigeria. The study aims at
finding out whether the school libraries meet standards set by the
American Library Association and the School Library Association.
Descriptive survey research method was used and structured questionnaire
was used for data collection. Simple statistics was used to analyse the
data while 2.5 was adopted as the acceptable benchmark. The study
revealed that the schools studied have libraries that are centrally
located; books and the condition of the libraries are good. However,
there was disagreement on staff development while none of the schools
met the minimum standard set by the American Library Association and the
School Library Association. Other areas not met by the school libraries
include: pupils-book ratio, facilities such as electricity, ICT,
funding, quality of books, journals, magazines and reference materials.
Also lending and borrowing of books, seats and tables with seating
capacity ranging from 15, 40 and 50 respectively for each school were
seen as not meeting the minimum standard for school libraries.
Cite This Article As: McAlbert FU, Ugwunna IS, Ikechukwu N, Ogu Dolly C (2015). Availability of School Libraries and their Standards in selected Secondary Schools in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State. Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 3(6): 149-155.