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The funding of library research in Nigerian universities

Innocent I. Ekoja (Innocent I. Ekoja is Principal Librarian at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Publication date: 1 September 1999


Reports a survey which investigated the funding of library research in six federal government owned universities in Nigeria, and the impact of research funding on the publication output of librarians. Findings indicate that research is either self‐funded, or funded by the respondents’ employers, and an insignificant number have been funded by international agencies. Grants are given for postgraduate degree and personal research. About half the respondents see the research grants they receive to be either fairly adequate or adequate: but the majority expressed dissatisfaction with their research allowances. All agreed that enhanced research grants and allowances would lead to a greater research output. Most publications produced by the respondents resulted from self‐funded research, followed by research sponsored by grants from employers, and lastly from researches funded by foundations, agencies and associations.



Ekoja, I.I. (1999), "The funding of library research in Nigerian universities", Library Management, Vol. 20 No. 6, pp. 338-344.




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