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Publication date: 1 June 1990

I.K. Antwi and L.O. Nwali

A brief historical background of AbubakarTafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and itslibrary is given. This article then provides abrief overview of the concept of…

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A brief historical background of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and its library is given. This article then provides a brief overview of the concept of staff development and discusses in detail the various staff development efforts of librarians by ATBU Library, Bauchi. These include staff orientation, staff meetings, in‐service training, academic library staff seminars and representation on Schools Boards of Studies. Other relevant activities include professional activities, library use instructions, sabbatical leave, personnel training and outreach as well as library research. Finally, the article advocates that staff development should also aim at staff retention through the provision of incentives for staff.

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Library Management, vol. 11 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 January 1992

I.K. Antwi

Gives a brief history of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,Bauchi, Nigeria. Points out that this university first had to use atemporary building for nine years even…

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Gives a brief history of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. Points out that this university first had to use a temporary building for nine years even though the facilities in it were inadequate. Focuses on the new library building of this university commissioned on 10 November 1990. Describes the main sections of the new library including its facilities. Draws attention to inadequacies of the building. Finally concludes that the new library building is by all standards a functional one.

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Library Management, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 April 1990

I.K. Antwi

The paper briefly reviewed the characteristics and functions of national libraries in general. It then gave an overview of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) with…

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The paper briefly reviewed the characteristics and functions of national libraries in general. It then gave an overview of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) with special reference to the laws that established it and its functions. The survey was narrowly focused on the present state of the Bauchi State Branch of the National Library of Nigeria. It was found that this branch library is not fully equipped and funded to serve as a bibliographical centre and clearing house to the State. It has also not been effective in providing advisory service on library development and organisation to departments and agencies in the State. Finally, several recommendations were made to improve upon the present level of performance of the NLN Bauchi Branch.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 42 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 June 2002

A.A. Alemna and I.K. Antwi

Discusses evolving trends in library consortia building against the backdrop of recent developments in some African countries. The expected benefits and barriers to…

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Discusses evolving trends in library consortia building against the backdrop of recent developments in some African countries. The expected benefits and barriers to consortia building are highlighted. The writers then suggest the way forward in successful consortia building among university libraries in Africa.

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Library Management, vol. 23 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 October 1989

I.K. Antwi

This study attempts to contribute to a better understanding of the operation of the public library system in Nigeria by using the Bauchi Public Library as a case study…

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This study attempts to contribute to a better understanding of the operation of the public library system in Nigeria by using the Bauchi Public Library as a case study. The text reviews the origin and growth of the Library over the years and finds that the Library is book oriented and thus basically caters for literates. The existing resources of the Library are evaluated while the problems facing it are documented. Recommendations are made with the view to bringing about the general improvement in the Library in terms of management structure and providing more facilities to cater for all categories of users.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 41 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 May 1993

I.K. Antwi and M.A. Bello

Briefly discusses the importance of motivation. Points out thatmanagers should take interest in motivating their workers forthis influences their performance and…

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Briefly discusses the importance of motivation. Points out that managers should take interest in motivating their workers for this influences their performance and organizational effectiveness. Gives a short review of the administrative structure of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Library, Bauchi, Nigeria (ATBU). Presents empirical data, which were gathered by means of a questionnaire relating to the motivation and productivity of library assistants in ATBU. Also gives several suggestions aimed at improving the productivity of staff.

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Library Management, vol. 14 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 October 1996

A.A. Alemna, C.O. Kisiedu and I.K. Antwi

In 1993, all of the six polytechnic institutions in Ghana were elevated to the status of tertiary‐level institutions. This study is an assessment of the state of…

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In 1993, all of the six polytechnic institutions in Ghana were elevated to the status of tertiary‐level institutions. This study is an assessment of the state of polytechnic libraries in relation to their new roles as libraries of tertiary institutions. It seeks to investigate the adequacy or otherwise of personnel, finance, materials, accommodation, equipment and services in these libraries. The writers conclude that these facilities are woefully inadequate and have to be improved in order to enhance the academic performance of the students and staff of the polytechnics.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 48 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 26 February 2016

Vicki Lawal

This chapter analyzes the role of public libraries in providing access to information to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. It examines some of the challenges…

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Purpose

This chapter analyzes the role of public libraries in providing access to information to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. It examines some of the challenges experienced by the public library system in ensuring equitable access to information to such disadvantaged groups. It also looks at the concept of social exclusion in the context of public library services in Nigeria and how it can be tackled.

Methodology/approach

The study employed a survey method; data were collected through the administration of structured questionnaires to the study population.

Findings

Outcomes from the study point to a need for the development of a policy framework by the National Library of Nigeria and increased partnership between public libraries and other stakeholders in formulating more proactive strategies toward meeting the information needs of IDPs in the affected communities.

Practical implications

Implications from the findings of the study provide a basis by which more proactive measures can be taken toward intervention by public libraries and other stakeholders in the community.

Originality/value

Few studies on the public library in Nigeria have focused on addressing problems of disadvantaged groups in the society. This chapter has examined the fundamental role public libraries can play in confronting the social exclusion of IDPs and also provided useful insights to the nature of their information needs in their given context.

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Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-057-2

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Publication date: 1 September 1993

IK Antwi

The paper gives brief background information on the evolution of university education in Ghana since 1948. It then attempts to explain the concept of status and the…

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The paper gives brief background information on the evolution of university education in Ghana since 1948. It then attempts to explain the concept of status and the parameters of academic librarianship. The main objective of this paper was to find out the current status of librarians in Ghanian universities. To achieve this, data were gathered from the three older university libraries in the country through a questionnaire. It was found out that there was no consensus on the status of universities in Ghana. It then gives several suggestions to improve on the academic status of librarians in Ghana.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 45 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 6 July 2015

Bassil Ebiwolate Posigha, Vera Zacheaus Godfrey and Felicia Doubra Seimode

– This study aims to examine the present trend of academic libraries consortia and the likely ways to improve on the development of consortia in Nigeria.

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Purpose

This study aims to examine the present trend of academic libraries consortia and the likely ways to improve on the development of consortia in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted the descriptive survey method. It covers four selected academic libraries in the north and eastern parts of Nigeria. A questionnaire entitled “Library Consortia in Nigerian Universities Questionnaire (LCNUQ)” was designed to collect data for the study.

Findings

The study revealed that academic libraries in Nigeria have not fully embraced library consortia, as only two out of the four academic libraries surveyed have functioning library consortia. The paper shows that none of the libraries surveyed have collection development policies on e-resources, as well as union catalogues and interlibrary networking. It also reveals some likely ways of improving library consortia to include: jointly budgeting, increased funding and collective and compulsory development of interlibrary networking and union catalogues among university libraries within the country.

Practical implications

The study will encourage librarians and library management in developing countries to embrace and facilitate the development of library consortia.

Originality/value

The paper reveals the present trend of library consortia in Nigeria. Therefore, the findings may be of help to librarians, university administrators and government to build and improve on the development of library consortia in Nigeria and other developing countries.

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Library Review, vol. 64 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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