Applied Bibliometrics and Cooperative Acquisition as Tools for Selecting Journals and Sharing in Nigerian Fisheries Libraries

  • M.O. Ibeun

Abstract

One hundred and eight journal titles in ranked order were identified as been used by Nigerian fisheries scientists. These were grouped into four zones. The first of 7 titles (6.5%), the second with 11 titles (10.5%), the third with 26 titles (24%) and the fourth with 64 titles (59.0%), contributing 46.6%, 17.7%, 18.8% and 16.9% respectively to the total information needs of the scientists. The cost of acquisition of the first twenty- five titles on the list is put at N2.4 million (US$ 25000). However, evidence from budgetary allocation shows that none of the fisheries libraries had ever received N.5 million (US$ 5000) for capital expenditure. A theoretical approach using bibliometrics for judicious selection combined with a well -articulated Cooperative acquisition has been proposed as tools to solving the problem inhibiting journal acquisition in Nigerian fisheries libraries.

(African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science: 2002 11 (1): 39-48)
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