On the 22nd of March, 2011, post graduate students in the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, had a practical session on reference sources and services at the Reference Section of Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan.
The class was grouped into two groups. On arrival, group two was received by the Head of reference Section – Vincent, A.
The reference section is divided into two open and closed access. In the open access, library users are free to make use of the reference materials, thus, access to such materials are unhindered. The closed access is a restricted area. Library users are denied access to the area, as well as the information materials contained in it. Most materials in the closed access are legal deposit materials.
The reference section is to provide effective and efficient reference services to library users. Such services include: answering users query, educating them on the availability of reference sources and how they are used. Other duties performed by the reference librarian are: registration of patrons/users and organizing the reference section.
Some of the reference materials available in the reference section include:
• Subject encyclopedia
• General encyclopedia
• Government publications
• Year books
• Maps and atlas
• Thesis – 1948-1995, 1996-date
• Engineering abstracts
• Humanities abstract.
The primary objective of the reference section is to satisfy the information needs of library users.