Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

The Challenges of Selection and Acquisition of Grey Literature in Francis Sulemanu Idachaba Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

The Challenges of Selection and Acquisition of Grey Literature in Francis Sulemanu Idachaba Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi

Article excerpt

Introduction

The main objective of establishing any library is to satisfy the needs of its clientele by providing the aim of setting up a library in nay institution through its selection and acquisition of materials, adequate collection required by the users should be made available to them at the right time.

Selection as the process of choosing library materials to satisfy the needs for inclusion in a library with a view to providing a balanced increase to the stock. (Anyanwu, Amadi and Zander, 2006) according to Nwalo, (2003) Book selection is the art of choosing items to be acquired from a list of publication in every library of any university, there should be a specific policy with regard to selection of materials. This policy should specify the type and range of items to be selected and acquired and reflect the objectives of the parent's institution.

Acquisition can be defined as the process of obtaining library materials to satisfy the needs of users, and its work, it's a means by which books and non-books materials are added to the library.

Moreover, the essence of selection and acquisition of library materials in academic libraries is to know the materials relevant to them. Selection of library materials is important because of literature explosion, reduction in library budget, reduction in income of library users. Good selectors should aim, at satisfying existing demand, anticipate future needs by users and ensure that good quality materials are provided, avoid bias in selection and ensure that the right kind of materials are provided at the right time.

Ojebode (2009) and Eze &Eze, (2006) identified processes involved in books selection by one person, selection meeting/selection committee and specialized group. In selecting/acquisition of materials for academic libraries you must consider the aims and objectives of the institution, the number of department and subject areas. The number of faculty member's research and teaching needs and the nature of materials required in terms of books and non-book materials. In academic library, materials selected/acquired are meant to cater the support of the curriculum, which means the impute/attribute of the teaching staff is usually required in selecting appropriate materials for the students in most academic libraries the library committee carries out the selection of library materials. Furthermore, in acquisition, of times acquisition librarian is included in selection in acquisition, their responsibility is also in selection of library materials.

Selection and acquisition are terms used in provision of library materials. Selection is the process of choosing while acquisition is the process of obtaining library materials (Anyanwu, Zander & Amadi, 2006) selection must precede acquisition, what to select depends on the type of library since the library is interested in serving primarily its clients which could be homogenous or heterogeneous (Hlwiki, 2012). Book selection is used as a generic term covering the selection of both book and non-book materials for library. Acquisition on the other hand is a process of obtaining books and other items for the library, documentation centre, or archives (Manson, 2012).

Acquisition is carried out through purchase, gift, exchange and legal deposit. Provision of current information which supports the curriculum of the parent institution is because of selection and acquisition in the academic libraries. The following factors are considered in selecting materials for academic libraries; Aims and objective of the institution are the number of faculty members, the number of departments/subject's areas, research and teaching needs, the nature of materials required in terms of book and non-book. There is a specific library acquisition policy which specifies the type and range of items to be selected and acquired. The purpose of the acquisition policy is to serve as a reference for the library staff to follow when assessing potential acquisition for the library collections including print and non-print materials, electronic and other type of resources. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.