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Managing an acquisition windfall: a Nigerian university library experience

A.T. Agboola (A.T. Agboola is the Deputy University Librarian, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



This paper discusses the problems of managing an acquisition windfall in a Nigerian university library after over a decade of acquisition drought brought about as a result of a serious downturn in the economy. The windfall, which came in the form of a World Bank $120 million facility to 20 federally owned Nigerian universities for the purchase of books, journals, library and laboratory equipment as well as staff training and expatriate supplementation, drastically changed acquisition patterns and rates in the affected university libraries. The responses by the library of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, to the challenges of involving the faculty in the book selection processes, ensuring balance, processing the orders and receiving the materials into the library are highlighted. Post World Bank faculty prospects of Nigerian university libraries are also explored.



Agboola, A.T. (2000), "Managing an acquisition windfall: a Nigerian university library experience", Collection Building, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 61-69.




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