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Publication date: 1 August 2006

A.A. Oduwole and O.O. Adediji

This paper aims to present the summary of the training workshop on “How to write publishable papers by Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals” organized by…

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Purpose

This paper aims to present the summary of the training workshop on “How to write publishable papers by Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals” organized by the Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Ogun State Chapter on 25 May 2006 at Simeon Adebo Library, Kuto, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approch

This paper begins by looking into why LIS professionals have to publish in professional journals and then examines factors responsible for manuscript rejection by editors of such journals. Other areas covered include the role of mentoring librarians to publish.

Findings

The main objective of the workshop is to train as well as provide useable guidelines to assist LIS authors in writing publishable manuscripts which they will submit for consideration and publication in professional journals. One of the most significant current discussions in the field of library and information science (LIS) profession is the perception of poor quality in manuscripts submitted for publication by librarians.

Practical implications

Hints for structuring a more nurturing environment for improving writing and perfecting manuscript preparation in the field of Library and Information Science.

Originality/value

The paper makes recommendations on improving the overall quality of manuscripts written by LIS professionals.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 23 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 June 2000

A.T. Agboola

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…

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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.

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Collection Building, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 1 September 2001

A.T. Agboola

Discusses a recent amendment in Nigerian universities’ law that changed the appointments of university librarians, registrars and bursars from tenured to non‐tenured…

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Discusses a recent amendment in Nigerian universities’ law that changed the appointments of university librarians, registrars and bursars from tenured to non‐tenured. Appointments to these posts which were formerly until retirement at 65 are now for a fixed period of five years in the first instance, renewable for another term of five years at the pleasure of the governing councils and no longer. The background to this development is given and its implications for leadership motivation, continuity of policy, issues of orderly succession and the fate of the former incumbents are explored. It concludes that in the present Nigerian context, the merit of the new order far out‐weighs its demerits in terms of the much desired attainment of full academic status for librarians and leadership motivation. However, care has to be taken to ensure the future of the former incumbents within the organisations if they are to perform selflessly during their limited tenure.

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Library Management, vol. 22 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 September 1995

A.T. Agboola

Describes the new library building of the University ofAgriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, completed in 1992. Gives a brief historyof the existing library as background…

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Describes the new library building of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, completed in 1992. Gives a brief history of the existing library as background. Highlights the planning processes involved, including critical choices made, location of the building, preparation of architects′ briefs, architect‐librarian relationship, choice of building contractors and features of the building. Discusses problems of supervision, security and maintenance likely to arise from the use of the building. Concludes that the library building meets the required functional and aesthetical standards required of libraries in the tropics and should be critically studied by other Nigerian universities planning to put up their own libraries.

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New Library World, vol. 96 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 October 2005

A.T. Agboola and A.A. Oduwole

This study aims to examine the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in academic libraries in…

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Purpose

This study aims to examine the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in academic libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

To elicit the necessary information, a two‐part questionnaire was sent to 41 LIS professionals in the seven academic libraries in Ogun state during the 2002/2003 session. Of this number, 34 (82.3 percent) were returned and found usable.

Findings

Analysis of the returned questionnaires showed that the majority of respondents' libraries hold seminars, though only occasionally (70.8 percent). Participation is largely restricted to academic librarians (62.5 percent), although some libraries (37.5 percent) allowed participation by their para‐professional staff. While presentation of papers is largely optional (66.7 percent), some libraries (33.3 percent) made it obligatory for their staff. Most of the respondents were of the opinion that staff seminars positively affected their publication output in terms of quality and quantity. A total of 66 out of the total of 79 manuscripts submitted for publication after they have been criticized by their peers at seminars were published. This constitutes 83.5 percent success. The study recommends that staff seminars should be taken more seriously in university libraries so as to improve on the quality and increase the publication output of librarians as well as to justify their academic status.

Originality/value

This study provides useful information for those interested in the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of LIS professionals in academic libraries.

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Library Management, vol. 26 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 22 October 2019

Olayinka Moses, Emmanuel Edache Michael and Joy Nankyer Dabel-Moses

This study explores the extent of environmental management and reporting regulations in Nigeria, highlighting areas of inadequacies in regulatory enforcement and…

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Purpose

This study explores the extent of environmental management and reporting regulations in Nigeria, highlighting areas of inadequacies in regulatory enforcement and companies’ compliance. We approach the review within the context of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA).

Methodology

This chapter is based on a systematic review of extant environmental regulations and academic literature.

Findings

The results show several inadequacies with respect to Nigeria’s environmental management and reporting regulations. We specifically note the changing environmental management and reporting landscape in Nigeria birthing several emerging mandatory reporting codes. We find that fragmented reporting regulations and inappropriate sanctions are responsible for the unsatisfactory compliance and disclosure level noted among firms in the country. Additionally, weak enforcement, funding limitations, unrealistic financial penalties, and general implementation deficits remain factors impeding effective environmental management practice in Nigeria.

Originality

This research provides insight into environmental management and reporting inadequacies in Nigeria, and the actions regulators and firm managers need to take on board to help the country actualize the UN 2030 SDA.

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Publication date: 1 June 2002

Barrie O. Pettman and Richard Dobbins

This issue is a selected bibliography covering the subject of leadership.

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This issue is a selected bibliography covering the subject of leadership.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 21 no. 4/5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 27 November 2009

Emmanuel E. Baro, Osaheni Oni and George O. Onyenania

This study aims to ascertain gender differences in librarians’ publication output in Nigerian university libraries; to spotlight the benefits librarians derive from…

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Purpose

This study aims to ascertain gender differences in librarians’ publication output in Nigerian university libraries; to spotlight the benefits librarians derive from publication, and to identify the problems encountered by librarians in their publication efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employed a descriptive survey method supported by a questionnaire. The population of the study consisted of a focus group made up of a total number of 55 academic librarians from five university libraries in Edo and Delta States. The researchers also engaged both male and female academics in the various institutions using a semi‐structured interview.

Findings

It was revealed that male librarians publish more than their female counterparts. The interview responses also revealed that female academics noted family responsibilities as a major factor hindering them from publishing equally as their male counterparts. It was discovered that male and female librarians in the university libraries investigated publish their works mostly in the African continent, and enumerated promotion/career advancement, contribution to knowledge, personal and institutional prestige as the major benefits librarians derive from publication.

Originality/value

It is hoped that the study will help librarians to see the advantages in publishing in order to improve promotion prospects and advance in their careers. The findings of the study will also be useful in making library management and the university authorities aware of the need to enable improved conditions to support research and publication by librarians.

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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Publication date: 10 August 2012

Stella Anasi and Hussaini Ali

The purpose of this paper is to examine the barriers to effective resource sharing among academic libraries in Nigeria.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the barriers to effective resource sharing among academic libraries in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

Professional librarians from six randomly selected federal university libraries representing the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria were surveyed using a descriptive survey research design. Questionnaires were sent to 124 librarians; 85 were returned and found to be usable, for a response rate of 68.5 per cent.

Findings

The study revealed that the prospect for resource sharing among university libraries in Nigeria is high. However, factors that hinder effective resource sharing include inadequate funding, a dearth of skilled librarians, power outages, an absence of web‐accessible OPACs, uneven development of libraries, and slow progress of library automation. It is recommended that each university library have a specific annual budget allocation for ICT development and maintenance and for training of librarians to pilot resource sharing projects.

Originality/value

This paper presents resource‐sharing challenges facing academic libraries in Nigeria. It encourages information professionals to embark on capacity building for effective resource sharing. This paper was prepared for the 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference, held in September 2011.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 40 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 27 July 2010

B.T. Sampath Kumar and B.S. Biradar

The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of information communication technology (ICT) in 31 college libraries in Karnataka, India by investigating the ICT…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of information communication technology (ICT) in 31 college libraries in Karnataka, India by investigating the ICT infrastructure, current status of library automation, barriers to implementation of library automation and also librarians' attitudes towards the use of ICT.

Design/methodology/approach

Data‐gathering tools used included questionnaire, observation and informal interview with selected college librarians.

Findings

Application of ICT in Indian college libraries has not reached a very high level. Lack of budget, lack of manpower, lack of skilled staff and lack of training are the main constraints for not automating library activities. Even though library professionals have shown a positive attitude towards the use of ICT applications and library automation, they need extensive and appropriate training to make use of ICT tools.

Originality/value

This is a comprehensive study on the use of ICT in Indian college libraries. Its findings should help college librarians, local government and also the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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Program, vol. 44 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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