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Title:Collection development in an unstable economy: a case study of the University of Lagos Library
Authors:Olanlokun, S. Olajire
Adekanye, E.A.
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:university libraries
collection development
Abstract:Collection development at the University of Lagos has been a cooperative effort between librarians and the teaching faculty since the inception of the institution in 1962. In the 1970s and early 1980s, acquisition of books and journals enjoyed a boom because Nigeria benefited from the oil boom through which it earned substantial foreign exchange. It then also had a strong national currency. But problems emerged in the late 1980s and continue till now. This paper discusses library acquisition during the boom and lean years. Some comparison is made of acquisition in these years and the problems which the library faces, while the impact of gifts and exchange programmes on library acquisition is highlighted. Continuous problems with regard to funding pose a threat to quality education. Some suggestions on funding are proferred. App. (list of some donors, list of active exchange partners), bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]