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ELECTRONIC RESOURCES COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES OF UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-EAST NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

 This study examined electronic resources collection development practices of university libraries in South East, Nigeria. The study answered seven research questions that were derived from the objectives of the study. Related literature were reviewed in order to explore all facets in electronic resources collection development practices. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 2595 respondents consisting of 2509 postgraduate users and 86 librarians and information professionals in collection development, serials and digital library (e-library). A 10% proportionate sampling technique was used to select a sample of 251 user respondents while all the 86 librarians working in collection development, serials and digital library units (e-library) were used. The instruments for data collection were questionnaires, interview and checklists. Two sets of questionnaires were used for this study, namely Electronic Resources Collection Development Practices Questionnaire (ERCDPQ) for the librarians and Electronic Resources Collection Development Practices Assessment Questionnaire (ERCDPAQ) for the postgraduate users were developed for this study. The instruments (questionnaires, interview and checklist) were validated by three experts from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The questionnaires were trial tested for internal consistency using 10 librarians and 20 postgraduate library users from University of Calabar, in Cross River State. The reliability coefficient of ERCDPQ and ERCDPAQ were 0.86 and 0.94 respectively indicating high degree of internal consistency. They were obtained by using Cronbach Alpha reliability method. The instruments were administered directly to the librarians and postgraduate library users at the research libraries. However, 86 questionnaires for the librarians were returned in usable form while 224 questionnaires for the postgraduate student users were returned in usable form. The data from the ERCDPQ and ERCDPAQ were analyzed using frequency tables, percentages and means. The real limit of numbers (means range) of the nominal value assigned to the scale point was used and decision was taken by comparing results with the real limit of numbers. Major findings of the study include that an aggregate number of twenty electronic resources are available though mainly open access electronic resources, subscription and purchase. The university libraries in South East Nigeria under study adopted traditional and unwritten policy in developing electronic resources collection development, that relevant criteria were considered by the libraries when selecting electronic resources collection development practices. University libraries studied were guided by the appropriate tools such as use of trial testing of the resources in order to make sound e-resources selection practices, and the methods of making e-resources available in their libraries are mainly by purchase, open source and subscription. None of the university libraries under study was into consortium with one another. The result showed the major challenges of electronic resources collection development practices included financial constraint, lack of ICT skill manpower, lack of perpetual access to the e-resources and poor network access. Recommendations made include increase in funding, maintaining a well written electronic resources collection development policy, engaging in consortia purchase and training and retraining of staff on electronic resources collection. Suggestions for further studies were made.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages158 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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