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Security of Staff in Academic Libraries: A Study of Sam Jonah Library, University of Cape Coast

Journal of Applied Information Science

Volume 5 Issue 1

Published: 2017
Author(s) Name: E. B. Yeboah, P. Kwafoa, G. B. Amoah | Author(s) Affiliation: Senior Library Assistant, Sam Jonah Library, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
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Abstract

This study examines staff security in Sam Jonah Library and investigates the security breach experience of staff as well as identifies the measures put in place to ensure staff security in the library. The research methodology used is the descriptive survey design which used both interview and questionnaires to solicit information from respondents. The census sampling technique was used where all the units in the population formed part of the study. Results indicate that security breach that staff are exposed to include, property theft, verbal abuse from user, encounters with riff raffs and fear during night shift due to the absence of adequate security personnel. Further, findings indicate the absence of a security policy for the library. Again, inadequate measures are put in place to ensure staff security in the library. This study then recommends access control to the library, installation of closed circuit television cameras and promulgation of a security policy by the library that would formalise course of action.

Keywords: Staff security, Academic libraries, Sam Jonah library.

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