PRESERVATION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION RESOURCES IN THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN THE NORTH WESTERN STATES OF NIGERIA


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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page
Abstracts
List of Abbreviation

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the study
1.2       Statement of the Problem
1.3       Research Questions
1.4       Objectives of the Study
1.5       Significance of the Study
1.6       Assumptions of the Study
1.7       Scope of the Study
1.8       Limitation of the Study
1.9       Operational Definition of Terms
References

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1       Introduction
2.2       Preservation of Resources
2.3       Digital Information Resources
2.4       Storage Medium for Digital Information Resources
2.4.1    File Format
2.5       Digitization of Information Resources
2.6       Digital Preservation Strategies
            2.6.1.  Digital Preservation Software
2.7       Challenges Faced in the Preservation of Digital Information Resources
2.8       Summary of the Review
            References

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1       Introduction
3.2       Research Method Adopted
3.3       Population of the Study
3.4       Sample and Sampling Techniques
3.5       Instrument for Data Collection
            3.5.1 Interview
            3.5.2 Observation
            3.5 3 Focus Group
3.6       Validity
3.7       Pilot Study
3.8       Procedure for data collection
3.9       Procedure for data analysis
References

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSIONS
4.1       Introduction
4.2       Response Rate
4.3       Data Presentation and Discussion
4.3.1    Forms of Digital Information Available in the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.2    Types of Digital Information Resources Available and Preserved by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.3    Types of Storage Media Used to Preserve Digital Information Resources by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.4    Measures Taken to Keep Digital Storage Media in Good Condition by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.5    Strategies used in the Preservation of Digital Information Resources by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.6    File Formats Used to Create Digital Information in the Libraries by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.7    Digital Preservation Software Used For Preservation in the Libraries by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
4.3.8    Challenges faced in the preservation of Digital Information Resources by the Federal University Libraries in the North Western States of Nigeria
Reference

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY of FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1       Introduction
5.2       Summary of the Study
5.3       Summary of the Major Findings
5.4       Conclusions
5.5       Recommendations
5.6       Suggestions for Further Studies
            Bibliography
            Appendix



ABSTRACT

This study investigated preservation of digital information resources in Federal University Libraries in North Western States of Nigeria. To achieve the objective of the study, four research questions were constructed. A qualitative research methodology was used; purposive sampling was used for the study, the instrument used for data collection was the structured interview. The responses from the respondents who are staff of the digitization unit were analyzed descriptively using tables. The result of the findings showed that the most popular information resources generated and preserved are theses dissertation, preprint and post print journals. External hard drives, CD-rom/DVD and computer hard disk are the common storage media used for preservation in the libraries studied. It was also discovered that migration and use of standard are the popular strategies used for preservation. The study discovered that the major challenges in preservation of digital information resources include; lack of infrastructure, technological obsolescence, poor maintenance culture, inadequate power supply and inadequate fund. The study concludes that even though some form of preservation is carried out on digital information resources in libraries studied but yet not effectively and efficiently done. In view of this a number of recommendations were made including providing different types of digital information resources such as record inventions, technical report, use of mirror server, use of strategies such as emulation, refreshment ,constant upgrades of hardware and software.





CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1              Background to the study

The emergence of I.C.T has revolutionized the way information resources are

preserved in libraries and information centers. It has greatly enhanced information accessibility, saves time, and reduce costs. Institutions are not only able to store large amount of information but can also have quick access to information in other areas. ICT has enabled librarians to carry out their mandate of information capture, preservation and dissemination. There is ever increasing flood of resources created and generated and considering the speed at which they are created their management becomes a challenge for most institutions.

Preservation of resources in the library is to allow continued access, use and easy retrieval of information resources for present, future use and to protect them against threats for as long as possible. Without an effective digital preservation of information resources in libraries, access via digital devices will produce little or no resources of research, teaching and learning in the library.

The information resources in the library are in the print and non print format. Information in the print format Include books, maps, theses, conference papers, handbooks, dictionaries e.t.c. while at the other hand, Information in the non print format includes databases, journal articles and those on the website and other digital storage media. Tammaro (2006) stated that digital information resources include online databases and e-journals. Therefore digital resources are information that can be accessed via a computer network.....


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