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Title:Towards improved management of university law libraries in Nigeria
Author:Ajidahun, C.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:university libraries
Abstract:This paper investigates the state and management of university law libraries in Nigeria. Issues considered include staffing, location of law libraries within the universities, acquisition and processing of law materials, and accreditation status of the libraries. Fifteen (out of a total of 29) university law libraries in the country participated in the study. A questionnaire consisting of 26 items was used as instrument for collecting the data. The findings reveal that most of the university law libraries in Nigeria were not managed by professional law librarians. The study also shows that most of the law libraries were managed and controlled by university librarians. Seven of the law libraries have been given full accreditation, and five partial accreditation by the National Council of Legal Education. The paper recommends that law library staff should be exchanged among law libraries in Nigeria with a view to strengthening their capacities. Those who are professionally qualified but without law training could be exposed to relevant law seminars and conferences in order to further enhance their skills in law librarianship. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]