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Title:Museums, libraries and archives: collaborating for the preservation of heritage materials in Nigeria
Authors:Zaid, YetundeISNI
Abioye, AbiolaISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Issue:114
Pages:59-71
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:conservation of cultural heritage
Abstract:National heritage institutions such as the National Library, the National Archives and the National Museums are in the forefront in the preservation of heritage materials in Nigeria. However, the holdings of these institutions differ in significant respects, as do their core missions and responsibilities and the way they organize and facilitate access to their collections. Nonetheless, the challenges they face in the task of preserving their collections are similar and include the unfavourable tropical climate, lack of funding and shortage of skilled manpower. Yet the potential of cooperation among Nigerian heritage institutions in tackling these problems does not seem to be fully exploited in practical terms, despite the benefits. A questionnaire survey administered to sixty respondents drawn from the National Library, the National Archives and the National Museums collected information on the existence of a preservation programme and policy, collaboration with other heritage institutions and areas of collaboration, preservation research efforts, potential areas of research collaboration and approaches to promoting research collaboration. The survey revealed a number of constraints militating against collaboration initiatives: leadership, professional divergence, inadequate funding, absence of policy, traditional professional rivalry, perceived threat of collaboration, lack of support from stakeholders, very low level of ICT development and digital content creation, project sustainability, and lack of expertise and infrastructure for collaboration technology. Proposals for action conclude the article. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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