n South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Measuring the quality of service : a case of Chancellor College Library, University of Malawi
|Article Title||Measuring the quality of service : a case of Chancellor College Library, University of Malawi|
|© Publisher:||Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science|
|Author||Naomi Kachoka and Ruth Hoskins|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||170 - 178|
|Keyword(s)||LibQUAL+TM, Library assessment, Library service quality, Quality management in libraries and University libraries|
This paper discusses the perceptions and expectations of undergraduate students of the quality of service at Chancellor College Library, University of Malawi. A LibQUAL+ instrument was used to assess the students' perceptions and expectations of the quality of service. The minimum expectation of service that the students would accept was also examined. Using a self-administered questionnaire and an interview schedule it was found that Chancellor College Library did not perform well in all the LibQUAL dimensions of service quality namely : affect of service, library as place and information control. Undergraduate students of the Chancellor College had higher expectations of service quality than the perceived quality of service both for desired expectations and minimum expectations leading to negative adequacy and superiority gaps.
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