Government libraries in Kenya: a study of their problems and possible solutions through interlibrary cooperation
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the problems facing Government libraries in Kenya and hoe these problems could be possibly solved through interlibrary cooperation activities. The problems of Government libraries were investigated in relation to the following areas: the objectives of Government libraries; library collections; library administration systems; staffing; financing of the libraries; services to readers; conservation and preservation of library materials and interlibrary cooperation. These problems were explored and data collected through a guided interview schedule. In addition to the data collected using the guided interview schedule, the researcher observed the actual operations and physical facilities of the libraries in order to obtain more detailed information about certain issues arising out of the responses to items in the guided interview schedule. The study attempted to identify the present inter-library cooperative activities undertaken by Government libraries among themselves and with other libraries, with a view to establishing problems arising out of these activities. Definite practical recommendations including interlibrary cooperation activities were made by this study in relation to the solution of problems faced by Government libraries.