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Collection Development Practices In a Nigerian Third Generation University Library

Library Herald

Year: 2003, Volume: 41, Issue: 1

First page: (38) last page: (49)

Print ISSN: 0024-2292


Collection Development Practices In a Nigerian Third Generation University Library


O I AMUSA*, R ADEKUNMISI**

* Librarian II, Olabisi Onabanjo University Library, P M B 2002, Ago- Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

** Serials Librarian, Olabisi Onabanjo University Library, P M P 2002, Ago- Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria.


Abstract

This study profiles the collection development practices of Olabisi Onabanjo University Library. This University Library belongs to the category of the third generation University Library in Nigeria, i.e. those University Libraries established between the years 1980 and 200. Interviews conducted with the Acquisitions Librarian and records of the decision constituted the sources of data used for this study. They provided deep insight into the collection development practices of the Library. The study reveals that the library strive towards ensuring wide and in-depth acquisition of resources for all the academic programmes in the University based on the library set out principles, recommendations from the faculty staff. Careful selection and placement of order with reputed publishers, book dealers or agents. The study further reveals the impediments the library collection development practices, among which are inadequate funding, absence of information and communication technology, erratic power supply, inadequate staffing, paucity of space and equipment required for collection building and inadequate support for the library by the University management. The study, as panacea to these problems advocates good and adequate funding for the library functions since every problem it has is borne out of inadequate funding.

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