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EVALUATION OF LIBRARY SERVICES TO USERS IN THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST REGIONS OF CAMEROON

CHAPTER ONE 

INTRODUCTION

 Background to the Study

 From an etymological stand point the term “theological institution” can be best defined when separated into two (theological and institution). Theological is a derivative of theology. Theology when further split into “Theo” (Greek word for God) and “Logos” (Greek for word), will stand for the study of the word of God. According to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary 7th edition theology is the study of religion and beliefs. And it also defines “institution” as a large important organization that has a particular purpose, e.g. university. Therefore a theological institution is an organization that is set up for the study of the word of God (religion and beliefs), as well as related disciplines. Theological institutions are places of education, usually for religion and beliefs. Examples of such places include school, seminary, academy, college or university for the education of priesthood. The seminaries under study are those whose main function is to provide an adequate means for clerical education that is in turn necessary for church planting, church administration and effective ministry of church members. This of course is the goal of the church organizations that own the seminaries. To fulfill this goal, theological institutions need libraries like any other educational organization. Libraries of these institutions (theological libraries) help in fulfilling the curriculum of the institutions necessary to attain the goal of the parent organizations (the churches). The curriculums are fulfilled through the provision of service (information materials) necessary for enhancing the teaching, learning and research in theology and their related disciplines. Hence they were mainly set up to enhance the fulfillment of the curricula of the institutions, through teaching, studying and research. This does not exclude the use of these libraries for leisure purpose such as reading of newspapers, magazines etc within their holdings. These theological libraries are information brokers for their patrons where by whether on-site in the library buildings or through email and instant messaging their patrons (faculty, staff, students, administrators of host institutions and alumni) are saved of time and frustration. Through collaborations with each other, and offering expert guidance on how to access newly available resources, theological libraries in the west today widen the circle of information resources they offer to their patrons. Libraries in theological institutions (as another class of higher institutions of learning) are referred to as theological libraries. Theological libraries are a type of special libraries with an inclination towards academics, so are academic because they enable teaching and learning in these institutions of higher learning. Yet theological libraries still maintain their identity ¬as a class of special libraries due to their common features they share with other special libraries. They lay emphasis on a single subject (theology in the case of theological libraries); have a particular group of readership (theology students and staff theologians) and lay emphasis on service (information provision) among others. Therefore theological libraries can be defined as the group of special libraries whose emphasis lies in the role of provision of service (information oriented) to theology students and staff theologians for effective learning and teaching of theology, for effective evangelization and church administration.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages68 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
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