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- ItemOpen AccessNational Library of Nigeria: Objectives, Functions, Achievements(Libri, 1986) Adeniji, A.; Issah, H.S.National Library of Nigeria:Objectives, Functions, AchievementsADEGOKE ADENIJI and H. S. ISSAHDefinition of TermsNational LibraryRanganathan defines a national library of a country äs "the library which hasthe duty of collecting and preserving for posterity the written production ofthat country. It is the central Station for the assembling and Service of tboughtenergy".1 For the purpose of this paper the national library shall be the Na-tional Library of Nigeria established by the National Library Decree 1970.Hereinafter, the former shall be referred to äs the NLN, and the latter, theNLD.FunctionsThe Random House Dictionary of English language defines function äs "akind of action or activity proper to a person, thing or Institution". Anotherdictionary describes function äs "the special kind of activity proper to any-thing ... by which it fulfills its purpose, duties, etc."2 Functions of national li-braries, therefore, are such activities which they perform in order to achievetheir objectives. It is the objectives which make the functions proper to the li-braries. The functions of the NLN shall be those enumerated in the NLD1970. Their properness will be discussed later in this paper.ObjectivesAn objective is defined äs something that one's efforts or functions are inten-ded to attain or accomplish - "purpose, goal, target".3 Objectives can be gen-eral or specific. The former is an overall, longterm end result or a series ofidentified accomplishments while the latter is usually an intermediate, short-term end result leading to a general objective.Adegoke Adeniji is Education Librarian and H. S. Issah is Librarian I, University of LagosLibrary, La
- ItemOpen AccessCollection development in an African academic library during economic depression: The University of Lagos library experience(Elsevier, 1987) Olanlokun, S.O.; Issah, H.S.Library development in Nigeria started with the Lagos Book Club in the 1920s. This grew into a subscription library in the 1930s and thereafter resulted in the establishment of various types of libraries in the country. Academic library development began with the establishment of the University College, Ibadan, in 1948. The College Library also served as the national library for the country until the National Library of Nigeria took over these functions in 1970. The University of Lagos was established in 1962 to provide general and professional education. The collection development policy was to provide materials in support of the programs offered by the university through book purchase, exchange, and legal deposit. The economic fortunes of the country have reflected on the collection development in the University of Lagos Library. The oil boom period witnessed active collection development. With the decline in oil fortunes, the economic depression set in, and this has had an adverse effect on the materials acquired by the library. The volumes added to the University of Lagos Library fell from 17,264 in 1976–1977 to less than one-third that number seven years later. Government economic policy measures such as strict foreign exchange regulations, introduction of import license for books, import duties, and other measures have affected book acquisition. The importance of a free flow of information for effective library service in institutions of higher learning is highlighted.
- ItemOpen AccessBook Donation and Exchange as Sources of collection development in Nigerian University Libraries: University of Lagos Library Experience(universitv books ,and Publications Committe, Kumasi, 1991-10) Egberongbe, H.SIt is generally acknowledged that access to appropriate reading and information is essential for political, educational, social and economic development. Libraries in Nigeria, however, do not have the books and materials they require due to financial constraints. This paper discusses some critical issues for collection development through book donations and exchange contribution of books to Nigerian University Libraries with special reference to University of Lagos Library. It also makes recommendation for the development of selected existing book donation schemes.
- ItemOpen AccessTowards the Development of Special Information Centre for the Nigerian Textile Industry(1996-06) Adegboye, O.A; Igbeneghu, B.IThe establishment and the rapid growth of the textile industry from time I immemorial owes much to the innate desire of man to satisfy one of his basic necessities or lire, that is clothing, Textile is derived from the Latin word "textile" which means "to weave", In its original sense, the word textile refers to a fabric rom woven fibbers, However, in recent years there have been some modifications with respect meaning of the word "textile", It means fabric produced by weaving, and felting. It also refers to enterprises that spin yarn from fiber or synthetic materials and to the finisher and dyers of fabrics. Textile irrespective or its raw material and pattern. plays an important role in the Society. Textile in any society is important for covering, transmission of information propagation and preservation of cultural heritage from one generation.
- ItemOpen AccessInformation services: the Wheels of the American Electoral Process: Implications for Nigeria(American Studies Association of Nigeria, 1997) Adegboye, O.AAmerica has succeeded in evolving a political system that is both enviable and significant in world politics in the last two centuries. The system of governance and the electoral processes have been institutionalized. Peace and serenity characterised the electoral scene in America and this calls for a salient question. What is the trick?: The flow of information is not a luxury. It is a life and death necessity; life and death for industries, for communities, for nations economic health, for survival, for deterrence of war, for progress, for posterity. This is not an exaggeration, it is a hard fact.' There is no doubt that in any process of enlightenment, political in particular, information services provided in a nation are of immense importance. America has succeeded in operating a system of governance with a lesser degree of confusion that obtains in many other nations. So far, America has held a total of forty-two elections since the declaration of independence in 1776. Even though there are many elements that have contributed to the success and progress of their political culture, the nation's body politics has in its wheels a dynamic information system. This paper seeks to take an overview of the American system of government and discuss the role of information services in the electoral processes. It also discusses implications for Nigeria.
- ItemOpen AccessLibrary Acquisitions in the 1990s Under the Federal Universities World Bank Development Sector Adjustment Project: a Case Study of University of Lagos, Nigeria.(1997) Egberongbe, H.S; Ojo, J.AThe 1990s witnessed a rapid decline in the acquisition of library materials for teaching and research work in tertiary institutions in the country. The decline is seen as a result of increase in the number of tertiary institutions, decrease in funding and the state of the nations economy. The decade was thus spent in searching for meaningful solution to the development of the nation s education. Provision of adequate library materials for teaching and research was considered as one of the solutions to the problem. This paper discusses the Federal Universities Development Sector Adjustment Project under the auspicies of the World Bank and the National Universities Commission. The aims, the objectives and problems of implementation were highlighted. Comparative studies of situations in various federal universities both before and at the introduction of the project with particular reference to the University of Lagos are also discussed. The paper recommends effective continuity of the educational reforms started under the Adjustment Credit 'with the proposed Federal Universities Sector Investment Credit for the development of lasting educational policy in the country.
- ItemOpen AccessLibrary Services and Literacy Forms of Yoruba Oral Traditions(Technicians of the Sacred, 1998) Adegboye, O.AThe library as an organisation is primarily charged with the responsibility of selecting,acquiring, processing, preserving and disseminating different forms of information. Over the years, the scope of the work of librarians and library services in general are becoming vast in nature. The world is in the age of information explosion 1 hence, the need for information to be classified and stored in a way that could facilitate easy retrieval and utilization by potential users.
- ItemOpen AccessPublic Libraries and Family Education in Nigeria: a Rethink(Reading Association of Nigeria, 1999) Adegboye, O.AThis Paper examines the role of Public Libraries in the promotion of family education. It discusses the components;good public library services and reviews the Nigerian situation. The paper concludes that efforts should be made to enhance the services of the public library towards the promotion of family education in Nigeria.
- ItemOpen AccessCatalogue Use Study: a Survey of User Searches at the University of Lagos Library(Nigerian Libraries, 2000) Egberongbe, H.SThis paper discusses the various access points and their uses as identified in chapter 21 of the AACR2. User search types and patterns at the University of Lagos Library catalogue is investigated and discussed, while problems encountered by users are also enumerated and discussed. Limitation of the manual public catalogue is revealed while the advantages of the on -line public catalogue over the former is highlighted. Some recommendations are made based on the findings of the study.
- ItemOpen AccessIndigenous Knowledge, Intellectual Property, Libraries and Archives: The Role of Information Technology Management(2000) Ojo, J.O.The paper provides perspective on the growing inability of government to make available adequate information policy that can assist in the management of indigenous knowledge: and intellectual prop~~ through the support of libraries and archives. The paper draws mainly on what obtains in Nigeria and some developing countries andthe global world. It also shows' how indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights are protected, preserved, retrieved and disseminated by libraries and archives. The paper goes further to provide insight into various indigenous knowledge and intellectual property issues; raise the role of information technologies, copyrights matters on economic and moral rights of ownership, as embedded in some international laws and the need to develop indigenous knowledge management process: and institutional structure by the practitioners before government interventions. The paper" also identified some myriads of challenges (Who own IK?) and made attempts to propose solutions to them, such as providing flexibility to adapt to indigenous knowledge as time and environment demand for it; review of policies should be paramount; indigenous knowledge/should be treated as national commodity for sustcE!!.Eblenational development. The paper recommends-the need for adequate information policy and domestication of international instruments for indigenous knowledge practice, control and protection. Government should create an enabling environment that will support indigenous. knowledge where stakeholders will work in conjunction with their foreign counterparts, so that they can build social network, where issues pertaining to the development and management of indigenous knowledge, intellectual property, -l,t.prary and archives, well managed by information technology professionals."
- ItemOpen AccessEmerging Challenges, Potentials and Realities of Information Communication Technologies in the 21st Century in Nigeria(2000) Ojo, J.O.This article focuses on t~e critical roles on information communication technologies net», 1. couple with its potentials and emerging challenges and fundamental development of individuals, institutions and government in developing and developed countries: The paper examines various developmental projects that had been carried out in most essentials area that affect-the life of people; from rural communities to urban cities, and across the borderlines of most countries. Thus, it brought about the potentials and essentials of lCTs to people, and subsequently some of the challenges. The paper adopted desk study method of research; by using extensive literature review 'to expose the 'extent in which lCTs· has contributed to knowledge, information development and mankind. Gender related issues were not left out since women also made impact in the use of lCTs and the way it has contributed to their career .development by belonging to various networking groups. Some of the the difficulties. brought about lCTs were mentioned and solutions proffered.
- ItemOpen AccessMusic Librarianship in Nigerian University Libraries: Challenges of Promoting the Transmission of Nigerian Musical Traditions(Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe, Nigeria, 2002) Adegboye, O.AThe above conception gives an apt description of the concerns of every good information service in general and particularly Music Librarianship in Nigerian University Libraries. The library remains an agent of posterity charged with the responsibility of transmitting information (including cultural values of a people from generation to generation) with a view of educating and enhancing the utilization of such information by their potential clientele. To this end, the library has been described as an organization primarily charged with the responsibility of selecting, acquiring, processing, preserving and disseminating different forms of information (Adegboye, 1998: 12). The nature of library services as explained above, therefore makes the profession cross-disciplinary. The Librarian stands as a 'specialist in information management and as a 'generalist' as he tries to 'befriend all areas of knowledge (Adegboye, 1998: 12).
- ItemOpen AccessFirst Ladies Information Profile and Women's Political Empowerment in Nigeria(2002) Adegboye, O.ADiscourses on women affairs are daily becoming wider in scope and veering into every area of human endeavour, hence, the relevance of feminism in the body politic of a nation. In addition, democracy has become the most popular form of government worldwide with America taking the lead. For instance, America had come to solid terms about her form of government since the declaration of independence in the year 1776 (Pole, 1993:212). Since then, "the term democratic Government has become almost synonymous with the American governance and electoral processes" (Adegboye, '1997:498). Nigeria only gained her independence in 1960. She has since 'Convulsed' with spates of Civilian and Military governments, the latter being the most frequent and longest dispensation she ever had. Only recently, precisely May 29, 1999 she commenced the 4th Republic since independence.
- ItemOpen AccessThe Utilization of Audiovisual Materials by Community Health Workers in Lagos, Nigeria(African Journal Online, 2003) Anasi, S.NThis paper examined the utilization of audiovisual resources by Community Health Workers in Lagos, Nigeria. Data generated and analyzed indicated that audiovisual resources available to the Community Health Workers in different centers are limited in number and that the available ones are utilized in all health programmes. Also, the most used media were songs, lectures, pictures and posters, which were considered to be very effective. The Community Health Workers identified cost of audiovisual materials and constant power failure as major deterrent to media use. The paper recommends adequate provision of audiovisual materials through an increase in budget allocation, removal of import duties on audiovisual hardwares and softwares and donations from philanthropic and non-governmental organizations. Also, regular workshops and conferences for the development and retraining of Community Health Workers on the use of audiovisual media as well as evaluation of used media should be organized by government health agencies.
- ItemOpen AccessPromoting Femininity for National Development in Nigeria: the Librarian's Perspective(African Journal of Social and Policy Studies, 2003) Adegboye, O.AThe paper reviews the traditional and expected role of the woman in national development. It establishes the fact that despite the innate abilities of the Nigerian woman, some has been oppressed, ill-used and marginalized from contributing effectively to the development of the nation. The works sees accessibility to adequate information by the womenfolk as the solution to tapping the invaluable resources inherent in the Nigerian woman. Finally, the paper is a librarian's effort atexamining the ways of harnessing the information resources for the Nigerian womenfolk and disseminating them through the services of an institutionalized information centre for Women Affairs in Nigeria. The responsibilities of the Information Centre are further highlighted.
- ItemOpen AccessCitation analysis of the literature used in politcal science doctoral theses and disertations in the University of Lagos 1990-2000: implications for collection development(Borno Library, Archival & Information Science Journal, 2003) Egberongbe, H.SIn this study a bibliographical citation of Political Science Doctoral dissertations and theses lJl the University of Lagos was carried out using the manual technique of citation counts. Results show that researchers cited more textbooks than journals Il1 the research work The researchers use of journal at this level is rather inadequate. The study provides Librarians with data necessary for a review of the library instruction programme for researchers. A recommendation is made for a discipline based collection development policy.
- ItemOpen AccessChanging Roles Between the Professionals and Paraprofessional Librarians and Job Satisfaction in Six Libraries in Lagos State: a Survey(Nigerian Library Association, Borno state Chapter, 2003) Adekanye, E.A.The line between professionals and paraprofessionals have continued to go for a long time and evidence suggests that this trend will continue' due to sociological, educational and technological forces with library users becoming more diverse and having more immediate needs /01' information. This paper to investigate the effects of the changing roles between the professional and paraprofessional librarians in terms of reward, benefits, recognition, and values brought about by the overlapping nature of job-related relationships; and differences in level 0/ job satisfactions in several areas 0/ job appreciation, promotion and development in six libraries in Lagos people library personnel issue between professional and paraprofessiona lemployees has been given attention in the literature. Indeed, the changing between the groups has been OIlC of the defining issues of librarianship in - 20 years, Murray (1999). In the past, the division of labour between the _ ups was clear. Support staff performed those tasks considered clerical, professional librarians did the more complex and intellectually rigorous Research lately, however have seen a significant blurring or the line between groups, now the overlap is such that it is difficult to identify Cl library stafT ht as professional or paraprofessional Nigerian Library Association, Borno State Chapter, 2003
- ItemOpen AccessCataloguer's Workstation: Implications for Cataloguing Theory and Practice in Academic Libraries in Developing Countries(AJOL African Journals Online, 2003) Egberongbe, H.SThe paper provides a conceptual overview of the cataloguer's workstation. It also makes an attempt to construct a rationale for its development as well as placing its potential value in the larger framework of cataloguing. It also draws a number of aspects in the history and development of library technical services. The significance of Technical Services Workstation (TSW) in both the effective retrieval of information and in cataloguing is discussed. A well defined future in the development and management of Technical Services Workstation is recommended.
- ItemOpen AccessA Survey of Trends in Cataloguing Procedures in Nigerian Academic Libraries(Gateway Library Journal, 2003) Egberongbe, H.SThis survey seeks to examine the extent to which academic libraries in Nigeria have automated their cataloguing operations. The study further draws a comparison between the conventional cataloguing and automated cataloguing practices. Problems associated with the development of cataloguing standards in Nigerian academic libraries are highlighted. The paper indicates that lack of clear-cut policies regarding both conventional and automated cataloguing has affected standardization. The findings show that uniformity in cataloguing operations is needed in order to achieve arid maintain standards in resource sharing and networking. This could be achieved by the intervention of both the Nigerian Library Association and the Librarian registration Council.
- ItemOpen AccessLibrary Development in Selected Private Secondary Schools in Lagos State(Nigerian Library Association, Lagos State Chapter, 2003-11) Zaid, Y.AThis paper investigates the schools in Lagos Sate. It assesses the profile of twenty private secondary schools, the library collections and their organization, staffing, physical whose parents are at the mercy of these private school owners who charge very exorbitant fees. The evaluation was based on the “Federal Ministry of Education and Youth Development minimum standards for school libraries in Nigeria.” The findings reveal that as expensive as these schools are library resources in some of the schools under investigation are largely inadequate and out-dated. The reference materials are inadequate and some of the existing ones are old. Professional librarians are not employed to oversee the affairs of the libraries. Suggestions for improving the library resources and services include better funding, expansion of these libraries, introduction and use of information technologies, employment of professionals and library education.