Enhancing Access to Public Libraries through Inclusive Library Initiative Programmes in Kaduna State, Nigeria

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SAMBO, Suleiman,
SULEIMAN, Hussaini,
JIMADA, Aisha,
AHMED, Zakaria
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Providing library services to the satisfaction of all users without discrimination is crucial to Public Libraries in this century. Inclusive Library Initiatives is aimed at enhancing access and increasing meeting the demands of all users. The aim of the study was to highlight some of the Inclusive Library Initiative Programmes and to determine if these Inclusive Library Initiatives Programmes enhance access to Public Libraries in Kaduna State. A lot of Inclusive Library Initiative Programmes were introduced by Librarians worldwide such as IPad lending, Mobile Workplace, Seat2meet, Table Tennis, Fab Lab, Chat and Chill, Tool Lending, Kitchen Equipment and many more. The methodology adopted was Quantitative Method while Survey Design was used for the study. Population of the study constituted all the 11 Public Libraries registered with Kaduna State Library Board and the whole population was used because it was manageable. From the total of 11 copies of questionnaire distributed, 10 copies, representing 91% were filled and returned. Data were collected using questionnaire and analyzed using simple frequency and percentages. The study revealed that majority of the Public Libraries in Kaduna State are not aware of Library Inclusive Initiative Programmes while the only one that is aware initiated a programme of extra NECO, WAEC, UTME and PUTME lesson for pupils trying to gain admission into institutions of higher learning. The study also shows great improvement in terms of patronage after the programme was initiated. The study concluded that the project of Inclusive Library Initiatives Programme if properly utilized will increase Public Libraries’ capacity to serve members of the community. Finally the study recommended that awareness should be created among Public Libraries in Kaduna State and Public Libraries Librarians in Kaduna State should be encouraged to create more Library Inclusive Initiatives Programmes.
Ahmadu Bello University Library Complex On 1st - 3th November, 2021 at PG E-Library, Kashim Ibrahim Library, A. B. U. Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria.
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