1. The Circulation Unit
The indispensable role of the Circulation Unit, which serves as the Readers’ Services Section of any university library, cannot be over-emphasized. It is the image maker of the library, with a mandate to enhance access to information in print and non-print media. The Unit is responsible for charging, discharging, renewing or issuing out library cards and reserving of materials as well as keeping records of monthly use of the library as cumulated from daily use statistics. It also functions as the “Customer Service Unit” (CSU), making the Library holdings available to users.
Functions of the Circulation Unit
1. Providing information literacy to all users.
2. Lending and checking out of materials to Library users.
3. Collecting statistics of Library use/patronage.
4. Processing of library cards.
5. Registering validated users.
6. Clearing of students and staff at end of their stay in the Library.
2. The Electronic Library Unit
The CLU Electronic Library (e-Library) is fully air conditioned and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology which make academic and research work of users a pleasant experience. The e-Library is poised to improve the academic performance and research work of its users by providing them with adequate, relevant and timely information in their various areas of interests with the use of OPAC which has a list of various academic journals and books in order to satisfy the information needs of the users. The e-Library subscribes to a host of electronic resources and databases which provide access to current and reliable information materials. Some of them include: EBSCOHOST, AGORA, DOAJ, AJOL, JSTOR, ELSEVIER and HINARI, to mention just a few. The Library internet services are outstanding with over 100 computers connected to the server manned by a Systems Librarian. Access to the Library resources outside of the Library is provided through the use of passwords. The E-Library also has multimedia electronic resources, such as CD-ROM, DVDS, audio-visual materials, slides, filmstrips and the equipment for operating them.
3. The Serials Unit
The Serials Unit houses all serials that provide vital information, including newspapers, magazines, seminar proceedings and journals that cut across various subjects. This Unit subscribes to nine (9) newspapers on daily basis comprising national and local. It operates an open access to its collections to users’ maximum satisfaction. [The need for a good newspaper and journal indexing in academic libraries is imperative owing to the fact that library users consistently refer to newspapers and journal back files mostly in a hurry and, as a result, this has compelled this Unit to embark on newspaper and journal indexing, since our goal is to meet our users’ information needs as fast as possible.] Currently, all journal titles and newspaper clippings are online and searchable in the
Library OPAC. This has helped in building the confidence of users in the ability of the Library to meet their information needs. To further enhance the worth of the Serials Unit, SDI is rendered where the users’ research profiles are matched with available resources and delivery of photocopied content pages of materials relevant to their research needs. The Serials Unit of the CLU Library is indeed a place for active academic activities, capacity building, learning and research.
4. The Cataloguing/Technical Services Unit
The Cataloguing Unit, also known as the Technical Services Department, is saddled with the responsibility of preparing the public access catalogue, shelf-list and authority file, which are accessible to users. This Unit is the first port of call for all Library collections, both book and non-book materials. The fundamental function of this Unit is to enable users have access to all documents in the Library’s collections. Another important function of this Unit is to maintain a shelf-list. The list provides the records of all holdings of the Library collections according to how they are arranged on the shelves. Furthermore, the Cataloguing Unit maintains the authority file, which is a file of words and phrases that enable cataloguing staff to provide consistent headings for bibliographic materials. The consistency is seen in the form of names, titles and subject headings. The CLU Library adopts the Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme which is very enumerative in its organization of knowledge. The Library aligns with the trends of the 21st century, using the integrated library system (Koha) to provide an effective and flexible form of catalogue (Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) for information services.
5. The Administrative Section
The Administrative Section of the Library comprises the University Librarian’s office and an administrative office which houses a team of support staff who contribute to the efficient functioning of the University Librarian’s office. The staff are responsible for providing administrative and secretarial support to the University Librarian. The Administrative Section assists in special duties such as gathering and preparing relevant materials and information for projects and presentations. It is also responsible for the preparation and organization of various documents for meetings, follow-up on action items relating to information services. It handles incoming and outgoing mail and places orders to replenish exhausted office supplies. Furthermore, this Section custodies official files and documents of the Librarian.