Sample Article Summary on Public libraries

Article 1

Public libraries act as crucial establishments that contribute greatly to the socio-economic advancement of all citizens across the globe through ensuring access to information. If well utilized, public libraries can result in a boosted quality of life, improved performance of students, the betterment of moral values, elimination of illiteracy, mitigation of poverty, and the championing of democracy in the community. The concern of information accessibility via public libraries in South Africa was riddled with inequities of the apartheid regulations (Bopape et al. 1-6). Addressing past inequalities concerning access to information necessitates the government, with the help of the Arts and Culture Department, to remain dedicated to issuing conditional funds each year. This will facilitate continued building and development of new and extant public libraries. This article sought to assess the information needs of individuals who employ the newly constructed and developed public libraries and information centers in the province of Limpopo.

In the study, the questionnaire was issued to the users of the chosen public libraries across Limpopo Province with the aim of gathering data regarding their essential information requirements and anticipations. The outcomes demonstrated that most of the information service consumers and library users in the province are teenagers and youthful adults, who purposely go to information centers in search of study spaces over and above finding access to the internet. The form of information sought by the adolescents, young adults, and the grownups is mostly concerned with health issues, education programs, knowledge about the profession, and crime avoidance (Bopape et al. 7-10). In this regard, it is suggested that information service users ought to be enlightened of the services given by public libraries and that the assessment of their needs should regularly be undertaken to help public libraries satisfy the ever-rising demand.

Article 2

Changes in the education sector emanating from such areas as the incorporation of Information and Communication Technology, considerable budget reductions, amid other concerns in South African libraries are re-adjusting themselves to stay relevant. Information experts are presently needed to offer sufficient backing and training that focuses on the reflective detection of information, comprehension of the manner in which information is generated and valued, the application of information in the provision of new knowledge, and taking part in fields of learning. The swiftly varying educational setting calls for novel library products, services, and establishments (Ocholla et al. 11-14). Libraries must steer past shrinking budgets, currency fluctuations, and the rising cost of print and electronic resources. Other difficulties encompass the budding requirement for research support activities, client support approaches, promotion of library services with the help of social media, and enhanced information literacy.

Information librarians at the library of the University of Zululand have had a fundamental task in the coaching of the intellectual community on contemporary information services for training, learning, and research backing. This study endeavors to support the perceived influence of information services instigated by professional librarians and identify how the services make a difference in the training, research, and learning practices at the university. The researchers used a case study of the University of Zululand library and utilized survey information gathered from a sample population of academic personnel and a random assortment of valuation forms filled by the learners (Ocholla et al. 15-19). The outcomes of the research established a positive reaction from library users. The article recommends the creation of sufficient libraries in every country and staffing them to guarantee the issuance of valuable information services on various levels.


Works Cited

Bopape, Solomon, et al. “Identifying the Information Needs of Public Library and Information Services Users in Limpopo Province.” South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, vol. 83, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-10.

Ocholla, Lyudmila, et al. “The Impact of New Information Services on Teaching, Learning and Research at the University Of Zululand Library.” South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science, vol. 82, no. 2, 2016, pp. 11-19.