Price Analysis and Acquisition of Indigenous Books in Nigerian Libraries

Juliana, Iwu-James and Goodluck, Ifijeh (2016) Price Analysis and Acquisition of Indigenous Books in Nigerian Libraries. Chinese Librarianship: an International Electronic Journal, 41. pp. 85-96.

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Price analysis promotes transparency and professional objectivity. How it is done actually depends, to a large extent, on available benchmarks often provided by book publishers. This paper submits that there are no price check tools for most books published in Nigeria. Therefore, acquisition librarians are oftentimes shortchanged and frustrated. This paper further examines the challenges of acquiring indigenous books in Nigerian libraries. It is revealed that publishers in Nigeria tend to focus on local distribution to bookstores or booksellers whereas internet or online sales channels and other viable means of making indigenous books available to libraries have remained neglected. It is recommended that publishers in Nigeria take advantage of information and communication technology (ICT) to market and distribute indigenous books and that online book databases be developed for indigenous books. This study provides publishers with in-depth insight on the need to provide acquisition librarians with standard price checking tools.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 19 May 2023 09:29
Last Modified: 19 May 2023 09:29

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