A questionnaire survey of Nigerian university libraries was conducted to determine the significance of research and publication for promotion. Of the 20 responding libraries, almost all (16 or 80 per cent) accorded their professional librarians faculty status and the enjoyment of the rights, privileges and responsibilities accruing to the teaching academic staff. Only 11 libraries (55 per cent) indicated that both subject field publication and publications in library/information science are rated equally. Of these, four confirmed that the question of the rating of subject publications had been an issue. It is recommended that both the Nigerian Library Association and the Committee of University Librarians should come up with a national policy on publication requirements for college and university libraries.
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