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Book acquisition practices in Nigerian university libraries: challenges and prospects

Book acquisition practices in Nigerian university libraries: challenges and prospects Purpose – This study aims to investigate and examine the acquisition practices in the Nigerian University Libraries. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 42 copies of a questionnaire entitled: “Collection Development in University Libraries Questionnaire” were mailed to all the 42 state and federal university libraries in Nigeria excluding the private university libraries. Only 18 university libraries returned their questionnaires that were used for the study. Findings – Results show that acquisition of books in Nigerian university libraries is done mostly through purchase. In addition, Nigerian university libraries patronize the British‐based multinational publishers more than the local booksellers for their acquisitions. The study further shows that payments made to book vendors in Nigeria are taxed by Nigerian universities. Originality/value – The paper provides useful suggestions that can enhance the acquisition practices in Nigerian university libraries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Book acquisition practices in Nigerian university libraries: challenges and prospects

Library Management , Volume 29 (4/5): 8 – May 30, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/01435120810869156
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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to investigate and examine the acquisition practices in the Nigerian University Libraries. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 42 copies of a questionnaire entitled: “Collection Development in University Libraries Questionnaire” were mailed to all the 42 state and federal university libraries in Nigeria excluding the private university libraries. Only 18 university libraries returned their questionnaires that were used for the study. Findings – Results show that acquisition of books in Nigerian university libraries is done mostly through purchase. In addition, Nigerian university libraries patronize the British‐based multinational publishers more than the local booksellers for their acquisitions. The study further shows that payments made to book vendors in Nigeria are taxed by Nigerian universities. Originality/value – The paper provides useful suggestions that can enhance the acquisition practices in Nigerian university libraries.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: May 30, 2008

Keywords: Acquisitions and mergers; Academic libraries; Nigeria

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