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Comparative study of collection management practices of academic libraries

Christopher Kwame Filson (Library, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 8 January 2018



The purpose of this paper is to find out the similarities and differences in collection management practices of the main libraries of the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.


The study adopted a qualitative approach in considering the research problem and also used the case study to collect data. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the respondents.


Some of the results highlighted are: both libraries had sections responsible for collection management practices, the collection management practices carried out by both libraries were almost similar, lack of adequate professional staff, lack of adequate funds and unavailability of Collection Management Policy were some of the challenges.

Research limitations/implications

The study focussed on the activities performed by the various sections directly involved in the collection management practices and excludes administrative practices.

Practical implications

In order to make any library functional, collection management should be a shared responsibility of all the sections of the library and that enough money is required to link the staff and the information resources in the library together.

Social implications

All stakeholders of libraries must play their role to make academic libraries functional.


The study provides insight into the collection development activities undertaken by the libraries of the only public academic institutions purposely build by the Government of Ghana to train graduate teachers for Basic and Second-Cycle institutions in Ghana.



Filson, C.K. (2018), "Comparative study of collection management practices of academic libraries", Library Management, Vol. 39 No. 1/2, pp. 66-77.



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