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Personnel management in a university library in a rural setting in Nigeria

Betty I. Ifidon (Betty I. Ifidon is Deputy University Librarian, Edo State University, Ekpoma, Nigeria.)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 July 2000



Presents the viewpoint of a second‐level library manager who has experienced personnel management in libraries in urban and rural environments. The contrast between the two situations prompted the investigation. In a rural setting it was discovered that staff behave in an extraordinary way. The study reveals that the factors responsible for this include a “Son of the soil” syndrome, the concept of godfatherism, the neglect of rural areas in terms of development, poor economic conditions, and a lack of understanding of personnel management on the part of some heads of department. The resolution of this problem is the single greatest task for the library manager.



Ifidon, B.I. (2000), "Personnel management in a university library in a rural setting in Nigeria", Library Management, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 252-256.




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