Issues Facing Academic Libraries in Nigeria

Cullen, Rowena; Samuel Adeyoyin; Olorunsola, Richard; Idada, D. A.
July 2004
Journal of Academic Librarianship;Jul2004, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p330
Academic Journal
The article presents international perspectives on problems faced by academic libraries in Nigeria. The author notes that Nigeria, governed by a federal system comprising sixty-one states and one territory, is the most populous country in Africa and has a long tradition of higher education since colonial times. According to the CIA Factbook, Nigeria is currently rebuilding after nearly sixteen years of military rule. The new administration faces the daunting task of transforming the earlier petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, into a broader economic base and institutionalizing democracy in the context of longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Nigeria, as noted above, has had for many years a strong educational/research infrastructure including a large number of research institutes and scholarly associations, most of which date back to the 1960s and occasionally earlier. Funding remains a crucial issue for tertiary libraries in Nigeria, which are heavily dependant on international aid funding. A 1997 report on education funding in a group to six developing countries lists Nigeria as devoting the least of its national budget to education, despite paying lip service to the importance of education and libraries for many years.


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