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Library Services For The Visually Impaired: Case Study Of Academic Libraries In Ghana, Imoro Osman, Paulina Nana Yaa Kwafoa Jan 2020

Library Services For The Visually Impaired: Case Study Of Academic Libraries In Ghana, Imoro Osman, Paulina Nana Yaa Kwafoa

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The library has always been acknowledged as the hub of information to all in the academic environment. However, library services for the visually impaired in developing countries is often constrained due to social, financial and logistical challenges (Rowland, 2008; Hopkins, 2000; Willoughby, 1990). This study therefore examined the provision of library services for the visually impaired in three public universities in Ghana. The study adopted both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the quantitative aspect of the study whiles case study research design was used for the qualitative aspect of the study. The population ...


Visually Impaired Access To Library Services: The Role Of Library Infrastructure, Paulina Kwafoa Dec 2019

Visually Impaired Access To Library Services: The Role Of Library Infrastructure, Paulina Kwafoa

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Globally it is estimated that there are 285 million persons living with some sort of vision related difficulties. In Ghana, about 737,743 Ghanaians living with disabilities (Ghana Statistical Service, 2012). The United Nations and other international organizations have always emphasized the importance making education and educational services accessible to all. In recent times, there have been advocates for inclusive education where children with disabilities have been educated together with ‘able bodied’ colleagues. The purpose of this study was to examine library infrastructure for the visually impaired in the public universities in Ghana. The study adopted both qualitative and ...


Assessment Of New Academic Programmes At The University Of Ghana And Their Implication On Library Services: Case Study, Kennedy Andoh Mr., Raphael Kwame Kavi Mr., Grace Obeng-Koranteng Mrs., Kwabena Asiedu Bugyei Mr. Sep 2019

Assessment Of New Academic Programmes At The University Of Ghana And Their Implication On Library Services: Case Study, Kennedy Andoh Mr., Raphael Kwame Kavi Mr., Grace Obeng-Koranteng Mrs., Kwabena Asiedu Bugyei Mr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The study focused on the implication of the introduction of new academic programs on the resources of Balme Library in the University of Ghana, Legon. The case study methodology was used with a study population of 47 staff constituting both senior members and senior staff of Balme Library and the Director of Academic Affairs respectively. Data collection instruments used were questionnaire and interview. The responses were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). The study revealed that the Balme Library was not consulted or involved during the introduction of new academic programs. In addition, student enrolment was increasing ...


So What Made You Choose Librarianship? Reasons Teachers Give For Their Career Switch., Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang Sep 2019

So What Made You Choose Librarianship? Reasons Teachers Give For Their Career Switch., Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This paper explores the reason teachers choose to go into librarianship when leaving the teaching profession from Sub-Saharan Africa. Snowball sampling method was used to locate seventeen (17) participants for this study in Ghana. Mixed methods were used for data collection; questionnaire (open-ended questions) and interview. The data was analyzed using the thematic analysis technique. The study found the following as reasons teacher choose librarianship when leaving the teaching profession: Better Salaries and Remunerations, Relatedness of librarianship to teaching, Love for books, Employment Space and scope of opportunities for librarians. By the findings, this study corroborates researches on second-career librarianship ...


User Satisfaction Of Resources And Services Of Libraries: A Case Study Of The Narh-Bita College, Tema, Ghana., Zakaria Abukari Sep 2019

User Satisfaction Of Resources And Services Of Libraries: A Case Study Of The Narh-Bita College, Tema, Ghana., Zakaria Abukari

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Information and communication technologies have revolutionized how information is delivered to information consumers in the 21st century. Information can now be obtained just with a click of a button. For this reason, libraries are faced with the challenge of maintaining their clientel base. Therefore, user satisfaction of libraries' resources and services has become the major focus for most libraries. User satisfaction has been found to be an important factor that affects the use or non use of libraries. The study investigated the utilization and user satisfaction of the resources and services of the Narh-Bita College Library, Ghana. The study ...


Impacts Of Information And Communication Technology On Libraries In Ghana: A Review, Albert Paa Kojo Ebi Bilson, Evelyn Dedei Markwei (Dr.) Jun 2019

Impacts Of Information And Communication Technology On Libraries In Ghana: A Review, Albert Paa Kojo Ebi Bilson, Evelyn Dedei Markwei (Dr.)

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The purpose of this article was to provide a review of literature on the impacts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Libraries in Ghana. Some of the ICT impacts identified were in the area of cataloguing and classification, online public access catalogue, acquisitions, video conferencing, web 2.0 and social media tools, online searching and retrieval, electronic resources, digitization, electronic/digital libraries and institutional repositories, library website, indexing and abstracting, technical services, bibliographic instruction/library instruction, mobile digital library, interlibrary loan and document delivery, information access and video and photo libraries. Our review indicates that despite the tremendous changes ...


Users’ Perspectives On The Services Of University For Development Studies Library: A Case Of A Multi-Campus Institution In Ghana., Angela Achiaa Aikins, Nasir Koranteng Asiedu, Deborah Bumbie-Chi Mwinterong May 2019

Users’ Perspectives On The Services Of University For Development Studies Library: A Case Of A Multi-Campus Institution In Ghana., Angela Achiaa Aikins, Nasir Koranteng Asiedu, Deborah Bumbie-Chi Mwinterong

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The University for Development Studies operates a multi-campus system whereby its campuses are located in three different northern regions of Ghana. This system operated by the University makes it necessary to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by library staff in each of the four campuses to establish the performance level of the library based on users’ opinions or views.

Using the survey approach, 312 registered users of the library were randomly selected to participate in the study. ×2 ≤ 0.05 is also used in the study to test the existence of relationships among variables of interest.

The ...


Health Information Behaviour Of Graduate Students On The Internet: Sources, Trust And Reliability Of Information, Setsoafia A. Y. Humphrey-Ackumey, Musah Adams, Michael Ahenkorah-Marfo Jan 2019

Health Information Behaviour Of Graduate Students On The Internet: Sources, Trust And Reliability Of Information, Setsoafia A. Y. Humphrey-Ackumey, Musah Adams, Michael Ahenkorah-Marfo

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The study sought to investigate the health information behaviour of graduate students on the internet. A quantitative method using a cross-sectional survey was used to solicit information from 256 graduate students studying courses related to health in the Arts, Social, and applied Sciences. The results showed that most of the respondents preferred the Internet because it is timely, fast and provides information from different sources simultaneously. The type(s) of health information mostly sought for were general information on healthy lifestyle, specific disease or treatment, side effects of medications, new development in the medical field among others. Majority (90.9 ...


Compliance To Library Rules And Regulations By Students: A Case Study Of Walton Whaley Library Of Valley View University (Vvu), Ghana., Ameyaw Samuel Dec 2018

Compliance To Library Rules And Regulations By Students: A Case Study Of Walton Whaley Library Of Valley View University (Vvu), Ghana., Ameyaw Samuel

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The study was set up to investigate compliance with library rules and regulations by students at Valley View University (VVU). The study employed a descriptive survey design and simple random sampling technique. The total population of the students at the time of carrying out this study was two thousand, two hundred and seventy-three (2,273). One hundred and twenty-six (126) students were sampled for the study. The instrument used for data collections was a questionnaire. The findings of the study revealed that a significant number of students were aware of the rules and regulations in the library as well as ...


Examining Internet Usage Patterns On Socio-Economic Benefits Of Marginalised Communities: The Case Of Community Information Centres In Ghana, Stephen Bekoe, Kodjo Atiso, Daniel Azerikatoa Ayoung, Lucy Dzandu, Kennedy Kubuga Kumangkem Nov 2018

Examining Internet Usage Patterns On Socio-Economic Benefits Of Marginalised Communities: The Case Of Community Information Centres In Ghana, Stephen Bekoe, Kodjo Atiso, Daniel Azerikatoa Ayoung, Lucy Dzandu, Kennedy Kubuga Kumangkem

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

In this paper, we explore the socio-economic effects of internet use at the community information centres (CICs) on livelihoods in three regions of Ghana. Sustainable livelihood framework was used as a lens to understand the phenomena being studied. Primary and secondary data collection methods were used. Three CICs in three regions were purposively selected and qualitative research method was adopted for the study. The data were analysed using Nvivo. The findings showed that sending email information was largely the reason why people used the Internet. We found that through the Internet, people learn, develop new business ideas and expand the ...


Marketing Open Access Institutional Repositories In Ghana: Context And Prospects., Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah Mr, Anankyela Anaba Alemna Prof., Emmanuel Adjei Dr. May 2018

Marketing Open Access Institutional Repositories In Ghana: Context And Prospects., Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah Mr, Anankyela Anaba Alemna Prof., Emmanuel Adjei Dr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Efforts by African researchers to contribute to global share of intellectual productivity hardly yield the needed impact due to the limited avenues of scholarly communication. The emergence of institutional repositories has presented an alternative platform for the sharing of research data and other institutional documents of interest. However, most of these institutional repositories are often not sustainable, and in interrogating the causes of this high attrition rate, critical issues such as marketing and promotion of repositories are seldom considered. The study, using the comparative case study approach to interview thirty-seven respondents, seeks to analyse how institutional repositories in two private ...


Postgraduate Students' Perception Towards The Use Of Ict In Research In Ghanaian Public Universities, Samuel Ankamah, Harry Akussah, Musah Adams Jan 2018

Postgraduate Students' Perception Towards The Use Of Ict In Research In Ghanaian Public Universities, Samuel Ankamah, Harry Akussah, Musah Adams

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The use of ICT in research has become significant among postgraduate students. However, available literature shows that there is little research on the perception and adoption of this technology in developing countries. This problem has created gap in the existing literature. This, therefore, make it necessary to find out more about the perceptions of postgraduate students on the use of ICT in research. The paper intents to discuss these. The paper adopted the survey methodology by using the stratified and convenience sampling techniques to select 346 postgraduate students from University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast to participate in ...


Scholarly Communication Via Institutional Repositories: A Ghanaian Perspective, Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah Mr., Anankyela Anaba Alemna Prof., Emannuel Adjei Dr Jan 2018

Scholarly Communication Via Institutional Repositories: A Ghanaian Perspective, Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah Mr., Anankyela Anaba Alemna Prof., Emannuel Adjei Dr

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

ABSTRACT

Institutional repositories have emerged as a reliable platform for showcasing intellectual outputs of academic institutions due to their inherent benefits. Despite the embrace of this concept, issues of their sustainability have come up as a result of the attrition of some repositories, especially in developing countries giving rise to the call to ascertain the significant issues regarding how repositories are set up and managed in the Ghanaian context. This study, using the comparative case study design, guided by the Diffusion of Innovations Theory, assesses how institutional repositories are created and sustainably managed for use by the academic communities of ...


Developing Teachers’ Information Literacy Capabilities In Secondary Schools In Ghana: A Comparative Study Of Two Best Schools In The Central Region, Gloria Tachie-Donkor Ms, Perpetua Sekyewaa Dadzie Prof Jul 2017

Developing Teachers’ Information Literacy Capabilities In Secondary Schools In Ghana: A Comparative Study Of Two Best Schools In The Central Region, Gloria Tachie-Donkor Ms, Perpetua Sekyewaa Dadzie Prof

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study examines the information literacy capabilities of teachers in two of the oldest secondary schools in the Central Region of Ghana. The study assesses the availability, accessibility and use of the schools’ library and internet facilities as well as in-service training programmes in relation to the acquisition of information literacy skills. The survey method was adopted and questionnaire was administered to all 211 teaching staff in the two schools. Questionnaire design was based on the literature review and research objectives. The findings confirmed the availability of fairly well-equipped libraries with internet facilities; the ability of most teachers to use ...


An Assessment Of The Ghana Library Authority In-Service Training For Junior Library Assistants, Newman Engman Mr., Raphael Kwame Kavi Mr., Grace Obeng-Koranteng Mrs., Kwabena Asiedu Bugyei Mr. Dec 2016

An Assessment Of The Ghana Library Authority In-Service Training For Junior Library Assistants, Newman Engman Mr., Raphael Kwame Kavi Mr., Grace Obeng-Koranteng Mrs., Kwabena Asiedu Bugyei Mr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study assessed the operation and impact of staff performance and service delivery of the In-service training programme for Junior Library Assistants of the Ghana Library Authority. The ever increasing growth in the volume of publications in all fields of knowledge coupled with the advent of information and communication technologies in libraries has widened the scope of library services. There is therefore the need for public libraries to train their staff in order to perform effectively and efficiently. The survey method was used and data was collected using open and closed ended questionnaires and interviews. In all, 80 questionnaires were ...


Effective Library Provision In Ghanaian Communities: Case Study Of Dunkwa–On–Offin Branch Library, Emmanuel Kobina Dadzie, Raphael Kwame Kavi Jun 2015

Effective Library Provision In Ghanaian Communities: Case Study Of Dunkwa–On–Offin Branch Library, Emmanuel Kobina Dadzie, Raphael Kwame Kavi

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Public library is an integral part of the community. It has the social obligation to serve the whole community. This study examined the effective library provision in Ghanaian communities, in order to ascertain the problem of low patronage of community libraries in Ghana. The population for the study comprises registered and non-registered patrons of the facility. From the total population of 300, a sample of 100 respondents were drawn and used for the study. Out of the 100 questionnaires administered, 96 were completed and returned. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze data using frequency counts, tables and percentages. The findings ...


Reading For Pleasure Among Junior High School Students: Case Study Of The Saint Andrew`S Anglican Complex Junior High School, Sekondi, Raphael K. Kavi, Samuel N.B. Tackie, Kwabena A. Bugyei Mar 2015

Reading For Pleasure Among Junior High School Students: Case Study Of The Saint Andrew`S Anglican Complex Junior High School, Sekondi, Raphael K. Kavi, Samuel N.B. Tackie, Kwabena A. Bugyei

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study focused on investigating reading for pleasure among Junior high school students. The research methodology adopted for the study was the case study approach. A total number of 93 respondents comprising 87 Students, 5 Teachers and 1 Headteacher participated in the study. Questionnaires were administered to solicit information from the respondents, whilst an interview schedule was used for the Teachers and Headteacher of the school. The findings suggested that majority of the respondents do not read for pleasure, they only engage in reading primarily to pass their examinations and not so much for their personal development, fun, or to ...


Research Focus And Trends In Nuclear Science And Technology In Ghana: A Bibliometric Study Based On The Inis Database, Elizabeth Ama Agyeman Ms., Albert Bilson Mr Feb 2015

Research Focus And Trends In Nuclear Science And Technology In Ghana: A Bibliometric Study Based On The Inis Database, Elizabeth Ama Agyeman Ms., Albert Bilson Mr

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The peaceful application of atomic energy was introduced into Ghana about fifty years ago. This is the first bibliometric study of nuclear science and technology research publications listed in the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Database, originating from Ghana. The purpose was to use the simple document counting method to determine the geographical distribution, annual growth and the subject areas of the publications as well as communication channels, key journals and authorship trends. The main findings of the study were that, a greater number of the nuclear science and technology records were published in Ghana (598 or 56.57% against ...


Planning For Digitization Of University Libraries In Ghana: Challenges And Prospects, Perpetua Sekyiwa Dadzie, Thomas Van Der Walt Jan 2015

Planning For Digitization Of University Libraries In Ghana: Challenges And Prospects, Perpetua Sekyiwa Dadzie, Thomas Van Der Walt

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The study investigates the availability of strategic plans or policies for the development of digital libraries in selected universities in Ghana. A case study approach was adopted and interviews were held with three university librarians to determine their views on planning and budgeting for digitization. The findings reveal that all three university libraries have strategic plans, though some are outdated and therefore, rely on policies to ensure that digitization activities are enhanced. Budgetary support for digitization activities range from 16.6% - 50% of the total library budget. The study recommends that the libraries should have an up-to-date strategic plan which ...


The Experience Of Information Literacy In Evidence-Based Practice (Ebp) Among Professional Nurses In The Ho Municipality Of Ghana, Dominic Dankwah Agyei, Christian Yaw Kofi, David Fiankor, Hawa Osman Jan 2015

The Experience Of Information Literacy In Evidence-Based Practice (Ebp) Among Professional Nurses In The Ho Municipality Of Ghana, Dominic Dankwah Agyei, Christian Yaw Kofi, David Fiankor, Hawa Osman

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Purpose: This study aims to find out the information literacy competence of professional nurses in the Ho Municipality of Ghana in their pursuit of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

Design/methodology/approach: This study used the descriptive research strategy to describe the experience of information literacy among professional nurses in the Ho Municipality of Ghana. It used the purposive sampling method to select the various health facilities and the professional nurses. A total of 138 questionnaires out of 151 questionnaires that were administered were retrieved. The responses were presented and analysed based on the objectives of the study.

Findings: The study discovered ...


Meeting Information Needs Of Cocoa Farmers In Selected Communities In The Eastern Region Of Ghana, Dominic Agyei Dankwah, Osman Hawa Jan 2014

Meeting Information Needs Of Cocoa Farmers In Selected Communities In The Eastern Region Of Ghana, Dominic Agyei Dankwah, Osman Hawa

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the information needs of cocoa farmers in Oda, Asamankese, Kade and Nkawkaw districts in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It seeks to identify the value cocoa farmers place on information, the various sources and services of information available to them and the level of satisfaction they derive from these sources and services.

Design/methodology/approach: This paper used the survey research. It made use of both the purposive and snowball sampling techniques to select the 4 communities and 160 respondents respectively. A total of 136 questionnaires out of 160 questionnaires that were administered were ...


Information Use In Decision Making By Parliamentarians In Ghana, Hawa Osman Ms, Dominic Dankwah Agyei Mr. Jan 2014

Information Use In Decision Making By Parliamentarians In Ghana, Hawa Osman Ms, Dominic Dankwah Agyei Mr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Information is an important ingredient in decision making by Ghanaian parliamentarians. The objective of the study was to determine the types of information members of parliament (MPs) needed, how they acquired and utilized them in the decision making processes and the problems they encountered in finding relevant information.

The survey method was used for the study. Data was collected from a sample of 115 parliamentarians through the use of questionnaire. The data collected were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS).

Some of the key findings of the study are that MPs consulted many sources of information some ...


Fee-Based Services As Source Of Funding For Public University Libraries In Ghana - A Survey, Michael Ahenkorah-Marfo, Raymond Osei-Boadu Aug 2013

Fee-Based Services As Source Of Funding For Public University Libraries In Ghana - A Survey, Michael Ahenkorah-Marfo, Raymond Osei-Boadu

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

ABSTRACT

Academic libraries have a crucial role to play in the achievement of the goals of their parent institutions. However, public universities in Ghana have generally not been financing their libraries to the quantum that has been recommended by the Universities Rationalization Committee in Ghana. Public university libraries have experienced dwindling budgetary allocations which hover around 3% of the total universities’ annual budget. Responses received from a survey on sale of some aspect of their services as a possible source of additional income indicated that it exists only in one of the university libraries. Respondents posited that it is a ...


Internet Use Among Students In Tertiary Institutions In The Sunyani Municipality, Ghana, Charles Arthur, Paul Osei Brafi Feb 2013

Internet Use Among Students In Tertiary Institutions In The Sunyani Municipality, Ghana, Charles Arthur, Paul Osei Brafi

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The place of the Internet in an era that has been described as information and communication age cannot be overemphasized. This is because many people have today seen the competitive edge that easy access to current and accurate data and information gives to its users.

The paper aimed to find out how tertiary students in the Sunyani Municipality have been harnessing the potentials of the Internet technology. The purpose is to find out how the Internet is being utilized by students in the tertiary institutions in Sunyani Municipality and the problems that students might be encountering in its use.

The ...