Preservation and Conservation of Electronic Information Resources in Private University Libraries of South-West, Nigeria
This study examined the preservation and conservation of electronic information resources (EIRs) in private university libraries in South – West, Nigeria. Three objectives were examined for the study namely; causes of deterioration of EIRs in private university libraries in South West, Nigeria; techniques for the preservation of EIRs in private university libraries in South – West, Nigeria and the challenges facing the preservation of EIRs in private university libraries in South West, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. Total of (13) private university libraries in South-West Nigeria were selected for the study. A total of 83library staffs were selected. Out of 83 questionnaires distributed, 75 questionnaires were returned and found useful. The study found out that the effect of magnetism, viral attack and natural disaster were to a great extent the causes of deterioration of EIRs, most of the techniques adopted by these private university libraries were refreshing, emulation and technology preservation. Identified challenges to the preservation of EIRs were inadequate funding, lack of trained ICT personnel for preservation process and inadequate ICT infrastructure. Based on the findings the study recommended that Private university libraries must make online subscription to anti–virus software priority, organize constant trainings, allot more funds for the development of EIRs, partner and collaborate with international agencies, and buckle up in the area of disaster preparedness to reduce catastrophic damage and loss of EIRs.