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Title: Library consortia and the development of university education and research in Nigeria
Authors: Ekpenyong, G. D.
Keywords: Academic libraries
Library consortia
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Abstract: As a result of declining budgets, libraries all over the world are unable to satisfy the information needs of their users. In Nigeria, many university libraries have not been able to update their journal subscription for years! To arrest this bleak situation, the MacArthur Foundation came to the rescue and through the Journal Donation Project (JDP) has been donating current journals to six universities since 2001; University of Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Bayero University, Kano, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Maiduguri. These six universities are starting a consortium to enable them share resources through email, fax or document delivery. Each now has a list of titles being received by the other participating libraries. Through interlibrary cooperation/collaboration, the dearth of current primary resources needed by researchers/teachers will be made available on request. All Federal University Libraries in Nigeria are now also negotiating with publishers to subscribe to electronic journal databases such as EBSCO, JSTOR, and TEEAL at drastically reduced shared cost. With this consortia awareness, electronic information resources will be made available on request to researchers in the country. The constraints and challenges, daunting as they are have been enumerated and there is hope that they will be surmounted.
ISBN: 9988 0 0946 1
ISSN: 0855-546
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