Many fields, organizations, and projects collect data and use it for decision-making. Many organizations rely on data-driven decisions to evaluate and improve. Tanur, Mosteller and Pieters (1989) suggest that data is a guide to the unknown. McClave and Sincich (2000), emphasize the numerical character of statistics. The library relies on numerical data to understand the present and make corrections and improvements in the future. In many libraries, statistics are compiled on daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis through recording information about activities and services the library provides for its users. Library statistics include: traffic, registered users, materials consulted, and materials loaned which Sokoya (2002), describes as derived records of library use.
Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) formerly Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) was upgraded into the first university of education in Nigeria in 2005, its certificate of recognition as the 76th University in Nigeria was issued specifically in November, 2005 by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The institution commenced its Bachelors in Education programme in 1998, in affiliation with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. After becoming a university, it retained its National Certificate in Education (NCE) programme. The NCE programme is sub-degree training in colleges of education in Nigeria , and is the lowest recognized qualification for teaching in Nigeria. The University library, established in 1978 along with the Ogun State College of Education (later renamed Tai Solarin College of Education), is located within the main campus at Ijagun, with a seating capacity of 1,000 users and about 15,457 volumes of books and 1,589 journal titles. In view of the urgent need for a university library to meet the challenges of its new status, this study assesses book and journal acquisitions and use, using statistics compiled over a five-year period.
Objectives of the Study
The objective of this study is to analyse the acquisition and use of library books and journals for the last five years in a college of education before its transformation to a University.
The specific objectives are:
* To determine the number of books and journals acquired during the period under study.
* To ascertain the number of books and journals consulted by different categories of users during the period under study.
* To assess traffic levels and the number of registered users during the period under study.
* To determine the number of loans issued to users during the period under study.
The Research Problem
This study was necessitated by the need for TASCE library to evaluate its collections with the aim of identifying its weaknesses and make amendments to adjust to the challenges of its new status as a University Library. The library books and journals collection...