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An Assessment of the Adequacy of TINLIB Software Modules and Level of Implementation in Three Nigerian University Libraries

This survey study attempted to assess the adequacy of TINLIB software modules and the level of its implementation in the following Nigerian University Libraries. These are Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Library Yola and Ramat Library, University of Maiduguri. Questionnaire, interviews and observation were used for data collection. All professional librarians deliberately sampled. The sample size was 41. The data collected were analyzed using simple frequency counts mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed that the implementation of TINLIB software did not get to the level of users in all the three libraries – hence, users of the three university libraries did not benefit from the TINLIB Online Public Access Catalogue Services (OPAC). Implementation of TINLIB Software was not uniform in the three libraries studied. One of the libraries made appreciable implementation, while the remaining two libraries did not. The paper concluded that Serials, Circulation and Database Management were never used since the implementation of TINLIB programme did not get to the level of users and there was no uniformity in the implementation of TINLIB in the three libraries studied. It recommended that Vice-Chancellors should support their libraries’ automation drive using any system software that has been proved to be successful in many places. They should support every aspect having to do with the modules and implementation of the TINLIB software. In addition, Vice-Chancellors should release enough funds to their respective university libraries for automation, Internet facilities and connection to the National Virtual Library of Nigeria.

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