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|Title: ||Saint Louis University’s Library Services and Commections: An assessment|
|Authors: ||Macabiog, Gracia C.|
|Issue Date: ||Oct-1989 |
|Abstract: ||Rationale/ Background
The library is regarded as an important element in the overall excellence of the educational institutions. Library, services have a significant effect on educational standards and quality. Libraries are exceedingly vital in the intellectual life of the university. For sure, the library is an indispensable resource for effective teaching and learning and productive research. An one educator puts it, “ quality education is impossible without a quality library”.
Statement of the Problem
This paper seeks to investigate the adequacy of the Saint Louis University Libraries. It attempts to find out how well the library is carrying out its purpose in support of the curricular needs of the university, with the aim formulating recommendations for the development of the library programs which are responsible to the needs of Saint Louis University.
Specifically, this paper aims to answer the following questions:
1. What is the status of the SLU library services and collections as assessed by the students and faculty with regard to: (1) use of the library; (2) staff; (3) holdings (4) physical facilities?
2. What is the status of the SLU library services and collections based on the standards stipulated by the Philippine Colleges and Universities with regard to : (1) use of the library : (2) staff ; (3) holdings (4) physical facilities?
The hypothesis is a statement of null differences between the students and faculty’s assessment on the library services and collections of the SLU Library.
There is no significant difference in the extent to which the students and faculty assess the SLU library services and collections with regard to: (1) use of the library (2) staff; (3) holdings (4) physical facilities.
The descriptive method was used in this study to gather data, specifically, the survey- appraisal type.
An inventory of the existing resources, staff and the physical facilities was made. A survey was conducted to obtain opinions, suggestions, recommendations and assessments of two respondent- groups: the students and the faculty on the use of the library, holdings, staff and physical facilities.
Treatment of the Data
Desiring to determine an accurate sample, the researcher used the formula of Mildred B. Parten for the population. The researcher rounded off the number to 2, 000 students and 350 faculty. The stratified random sampling was used to draw sample sizes per college in the university.
The questionnaire was the instrument used in this research. The data gathered were checked, classified and recorded. The results were handscored, tallied and presented in frequency tables and percentages. The Chi-square test (x) was employed to determine whether significant differences existed among the assessments of the respondents.
Findings and Conclusions
1. The library has limited services to its users. The present services namely: circulation, reference, photocopying, reader’s advisory, library instruction, and textbook services are to be improved. Audio- visual materials, discussion rooms, carrels, and interlibrary relationships must be included in the library development program.
2. The library collections are inadequate to meet the needs of the user’s. The collection must be balanced to meet the demands of curricular offerings in each college.
3. The library collections are inadequate. Additional professional and support staff must be employed to meet the needs of the clientele. The present staff needs further professional growth through seminars and in-service trainings to update their skills.
4. The physical facilities and services need improvement. A reorganization of the library setup is a must to make the library accessible should be purchased to speed up the access of information.
Based on the findings and conclusions made, the following are the recommendations:
1. Improvement and expansion of the library services to meet the research needs of the users.
1.1 The library staff with the cooperation of the faculty should give intensive library instructions to the in-coming students on the use of the library. This should be integrated in the English 1 subject and end up with a library tour under the librarian’s guidance. A term paper clinic should also be considered.
1.2 An interlibrary loan or networking consortium should be spearheaded by Saint Louis University among the colleges and universities in Baguio City and Benguet to enhance the library collections of each institution. Participants of the consortium are: University if Baguio, Baguio College Foundation, University of the Philippine Baguio, Baguio Central University, Pines City Educational Center and Benguet State University.
1.3 Open shelf library in some library sections should be considered to give free access of the library materials. The library must not only give importance to the development of its collection but also must also consider the access of the collection to the users.
1.4 Procurement of more computers should be included in the budget. Computerization will make information accessible to the users and will preserve valuable information contained in perishable library materials.
1.5 A faculty library committee composed of representatives from the different disciplines and the librarian should be organized to study library needs in view of academic programs and advise the Librarian on matters of general library policy, the development of library resources, and the means which may best integrate the library programs with other academic activities of the college. The Committee should serve as a liaison group between the faculty and the librarian. A faculty representative from each college may be assigned by its respective dean.
2. A live and growing collection should be developed to meet the curricular offerings of each college in the university. Additional books, periodicals and audio-visual materials should be purchased to update the collection. A weeding program should be included in the library collection development plan. A selection committee composed of the acquisition librarian; faculty and student members representing each discipline should be organized in order to have a well- rounded collection. A total of 38, 022 titles should be added in the book collection and distributed in the different colleges: Education – 923: Engineering and Architecture – 23, 048; Commerce – 4.321; Graduate School – 6; Human Sciences – 1,870 ; Nursing – 539; and Medicine – 147; Law – 23; Natural Sciences – 2, 170; and basic subjects – 4,914.
A total of 25 periodical titles should also be subscribed which are distributed as follows: Commerce – 14; Education – 44; Engineering and Architecture – 59; Human Sciences – 6; Medicine – 1 ; Natural Sciences – 10: and Nursing – 1.
3. Employment of seven library staff members is a must to support enrollment and to make the library services effective. Professional librarians must be assigned to the Graduate School , Law, Nursing, Reference, Technical Services, one secretary for the Director of Libraries and one technician for AV Room.
In- service training programs and seminars should be attended by the staff to update and improve their skills. Graduate education should be encouraged to upgrade professional status among the library staff. Computer education should be encouraged by the administrators if the library is to cope with the modern technologies introduced in libraries.
4. Improvement of the physical facilities should be planned for effective services.
The present library setup should be re-organized. Library sections often used by the clienteles should be placed in the lower floors of the building. The Main Library should be relocated at the first floor; Periodical and Reference Libraries at the second floor; Technical and Business Section at the third floor; Engineering at the fifth floor and the Textbook Department at the sixth floor.
The Graduate School Library should be separated from the Filipiniana collection. A professional librarian with a MS in Library Science and with a special training in research should be employed by the university.
The Technical services section should be centralized. New books should be processed in the technical section not by the different section heads. This section should be manned by a professional librarian who has special training in classification and cataloguing of the library materials. This section should be separated from the Business Section.
Construction of additional carrels and discussion room is needed in each library section. Additional photocopying machines should be allotted in the budget for the coming school year. There must be one photocopying machine for every two floors to ease the congregation at the photocopying section. While the library building is centrally located, its height makes ascent to the different libraries difficult.
5. Networking among academic libraries in Baguio City and Benguet should be spearheaded by the Saint Louis University.|
|Description: ||Thesis (M.A. : Library Science). -- Centro Escolar University, 1989.|
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