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Resource Constraints and Quality Public Library Service Delivery in Ghana

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Title

Resource Constraints and Quality Public Library Service Delivery in Ghana

Description

The availability and quantum of resources at the disposal of libraries greatly influence service delivery. This study seeks to assess the adequacy and effect of attenuating resources on the quality of public library services and the barriers to accessing sufficient resources for the provision of quality services.

Creator

Baada, F.N.A.; Ayoung, A.D.; Bekoe, S.; Azindow, F.B.

Date

2019

Language

English

Abstract

The availability and quantum of resources at the disposal of libraries greatly influence service delivery. This study seeks to assess the adequacy and effect of attenuating resources on the quality of public library services and the barriers to accessing sufficient resources for the provision of quality services. Based on a qualitative approach, the study interviewed 32 participants drawn from three regional libraries, using purposive and convenience sampling methods. Data were analyzed using interpretative techniques. The results showed that all three regional libraries were highly under resourced in terms of qualified personnel, physical resources, and current library materials which ultimately resulted in low patronage of the library facilities. A major concern was the absence of a National Library and Public Library Policy guiding the establishment of public libraries in Ghana. We strongly suggest that the new public library service bill should include a statutory formula for resource allocation to public libraries. Though our research concentrated on Ghana, the implications of the study are of great value to similar contexts.

Bibliographic Citation

Baada, F. N. A., Ayoung, A. D., Bekoe, S., & Azindow, F. B. (2020). Resource constraints and quality public library service delivery in Ghana. International Information & Library Review, 52(1), 10-31.

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Citation

Baada, F.N.A.; Ayoung, A.D.; Bekoe, S.; Azindow, F.B., “Resource Constraints and Quality Public Library Service Delivery in Ghana,” CSIRSpace, accessed April 24, 2024, http://cspace.csirgh.com/items/show/443.