BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE LIBRARY
What is now known and referred to as Dr J.S Opakunle Library was a mere reading room of a satellite campus of The Polytechnic Ibadan. It was first situated at the faculty of science and headed by a library officer. Shortly before the creation of Osun State in 1991, a Librarian was posted to the main campus of the Polytechnic, Ibadan to take charge of the Polytechnic, Ibadan to take charge of the new library of Iree Satellite campus now at a central location. Following the creation of Osun state in that year (1991) and subsequent declaration of the Satellite campus as a full-fledge Polytechnic now known as Osun State Polytechnic in 1992 six additional staff join the Library as a result of mandatory exit of staff of Osun state origin from the Polytechnic Ibadan. Among those staff was the Chief Librarian Mr Kunmi Akinwunmi who was later designated as Polytechnic Librarian. Following the exit of Mr Akinwunmi as a result of voluntary retirement in 1994, the headship of the library fall at different times on Mr Olayode F.K, Mr Adigun and Mr Atayese Y.A respectively. Mr Atayese Y.A is now the present Polytechnic Librarian. The library from inception has been striving to serve the academic interest and others, of all the Polytechnic students, staff and the generality of the Polytechnic community. This being done by keeping a sizeable number of books and other reading materials. Aside an ultra-modern electronic library complex with 120 computers systems and the necessary packages with which Library users can source and utilize thousands of electronic resources has been set up.
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LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND UNITS IN THE LIBRARY
- SELECTION AND ACQUISITION SERVICES
The selection and acquisition unit is to purchase expeditiously and from the most advantageous vendors the materials chosen by book selection officers, to process the materials procured, and promptly to the proper places all other materials acquired. The unit is also responsible for choosing items to be acquired from a list of publications this is done in conjunction with a book selection committee. Among other activities carried out here are; Carding, typing of order, mailing orders and receipt of books in the library.
- TECHNICAL SERVICES
A building filled with books is not necessarily a library unless the books have been organised and made available for use. The major activities here is cataloguing and classification. Cataloguing describes a book, pointing out its subject content which ultimately places the books in subject class. Classification involves assigning a class number to a book that corresponds with its subject contents, following a chosen classification scheme. Other activities here are; treatment of new books, using cataloguing worksheets, treatment of book for lending, by pasting the date due slip in the back cover, the book pocket is in the back cover, reference books. The cataloguer ascertains which book are to be classified as reference books. For reference materials, no date due slip, book pocket and book cards are required. The book is stamped’ ’Reference only’’ on the title page, the catalogue and arrangement and use of the Library Public catalogue, word-by-word filing system, Letter-by-Letter filling system etc.
- CIRCULATION SERVICES/ READERS SERVICES
It has been said that an institution that owns one book and allows people to use it is a library, and another that may have a million books and does not allow anyone to use them may simply be a museum. The task here is shelving of all books consulted, prior to this the books consulted are sorted according to their subject groups, statistics is taken of the books consulted, subject by subject, the books are then arranged on the book truck in a classified order and wheeled to the shelves for shelving. Others activities are shelving arrangement, shelf –reading, registration of Library users, charging and discharging of a book, loan renewals, treatment of overdue and overdue notice, collection of overdue fine, book reservation etc.
- REFERENCE SERVICES
The reference department is another major area of the Library where contact is made with the public, the staff of reference department are image makers of the library. The reference department houses materials which are for in-house use only. The services performed here are as follows; answering user query, User education, compiling of reading lists, compiling of Bibliographies, Indexing and Abstracting, Inter-Library Loan service, Current Awareness Services, Process of SDI, Publication of Current contents and publication of list of New arrivals.
- SERIAL SERVICES
The serial department takes care of publications issued in successive parts, at regular or irregular intervals and intended to be continued indefinitely. They include, Journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, accessions, reports, memos, proceedings, and other periodicals like abstracts and indexes. Generally serials make reading whether for leisure, education or research purposes. The following are activities carried out at the serial department, serial records, handling new serials, recording continuations, New titles, changes of titles, untraced items, duplicates, checking and claiming frequency of publication, invoices, payment and renewal, and providing detail information of holdings to readers and staff.
- E-LIBRARY UNIT
Electronic library is a library whose materials and services are in electronic format rather than the traditional print format. Digital materials such as electronic databases, CD-ROMs, etc. that requires use of technological equipment will come under electronic library. They are devoid of physical collections but computer terminals through which the information windows of databases can be accessed for needed information e-library unit generally contains all the information resources in a traditional library but in electronic format through computer terminals or networks. The major products of the convergence of computers and communication technologies is the provision of improved library and information services to users. ICT fundamentally changed the collection of the library. This is exemplified by a designated number of PC or laptop workstation, networked to database and other electronics resources like; Internet, World Wide Web, Online Public Access Catalogue-books, journals etc.
- PRINTING AND BINDERY SERVICES
The primary function of this unit is to print, bind and repair journals and library books. Equally the unit also takes care of students’ projects.
- AUDIO VISUAL SERVICE UNIT
Audio-visual (AV) is electronic media possessing both a sound and a visual component, such as slide-tape presentations, films, television programs, corporate conferencing etc. Data Projectors. These are used to project an image from: classroom computer, document camera, laptop and any other VGA compatible device. Wireless Microphones. These are used for presenters who will be presenting to an audience in larger lecture all or event space, Powered Speakers, Microphone Mixers etc. Audio-visual records include motion picture film, still photographs, filmstrips, sound and video recordings, posters and other graphic works, and multimedia productions with related finding aids and production files.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE LIBRARY
MR ATAYESE Y.A
MR A.K LAWAL
Chief Confidential Secretary to the Librarian
MRS BABATUNDE SHADE
Head Selection and Acquisition Unit
Head Audio Visual UnitRead more..
Head Technical Service Unit
OLUSI ROWLAND KAYODE
Head E-Library and ICT Infrastructure in the Library
MR AFOLABI TAJUDEEN
Head Reference Service Unit
MR AZEEZ LASISI
Head Printing and Bindery Unit
Head Serial Services Unit