International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 242

Full Length Research Paper

The effects of public libraries on the attainment of health millennium development goals in the South-south of Nigeria

Emojorho, Daniel1* and Ukpebor, O. Christopher2
  1Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. 2John Harris Library, University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 December 2012
  •  Published: 31 January 2013

Abstract

 

This study surveys the roles of public libraries in the attainment of health Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. It also identifies the health-information needs of the community and information services rendered by the libraries. The role of public libraries in the attainment of health-MDGs has been a daunting task for public libraries as a result of government’s negligence. The methodology adopted for the study is the survey design  in which questionnaire was used for obtaining data. The target population was public library staff/users in the South-south of Nigeria. The resultshowed that public libraries have played significant role in the attainment of health-MDGs and library users make significant demand for all categories of health information especially in the area of maternal and childcare. However, majority of the public libraries have no Internet services. The findings make it imperative for all other relevant agencies to key into the health-MDGs especially in assisting the public libraries. The study will bring to the awareness of users, the roles public libraries play in supporting local and international policies and the provision of information services for library users.

 

Key words: Public libraries, health information resources, health Millennium Development Goals, information services, South-south of Nigeria, HIV/AIDS.