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A comparative study of collection development practices in public libraries in Cross River and Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Margarete Sylvanus Umoh, Sarah Josiah Okpa


The main purpose of this study was to comparatively examine collection development practices in selected public libraries in Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. To achieve the purpose of this study, two research questions and two null hypotheses were formulated; related literatures were reviewed accordingly. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Sample of twenty respondents were selected using simple random sampling technique. An instrument titled “Collection Development Practices in Public Library Questionnaire (CDPPLQ) was used for data collection. To test the hypotheses in other to ascertain whether to reject or retain, the independent t-test statistical technique was used. The hypothesis was tested at 0.05 level of significance. Based on the results it was concluded that selection and acquisition of library materials in Akwa Ibom, public library is more effective than Cross River State public library.

Keywords: Public, Libraries, Collection, Development, Practices

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