Acquisition And Management Of Serials In Academic Libraries (A Case Study Of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri)

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Acquisition And Management Of Serials In Academic Libraries (A Case Study Of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri)


This project work is sincerely dedicated to God almighty for his protection, love and providence throughout the period of my study.


I owe a great debt to many people who have contributed in one way or another to make this work and my carrier a reality. Especially we are grateful to all the members of my families for their endeavor towards giving me a sound education, more especially for their financial and moral support throughout the course of this programme.
Special thanks goes to Barr. Emmanuel A. Oduagwu my project supervisor for his keen, interest and wise supervision during the course of this work despite his academic work load.

I am also grateful to Dr. Emmanuel Anyanwu, HOD of library and Information science for his word of encouragement.

And also to the memeory of my late mother Mrs. Mercy Benjamine who gave me a support when she was alive and my beloved sister Miss Priscillia N. ekeluonye, I also give special thanks to my beloved brothers Obioma, chinedu, Ahaezema, Christopher, for their moral and financial support, And also to my beloved friends Nlemchukwu Precious Ifeoma, Cyril Dilivio, Arinzen Nnamdi Davidson, Frank Benjamine, for their intellectual contributions to the success of my project work.


This work is on acquisition and management of serials in Federal Polytechnic Nekede Library Owerri. The research was centered on the acquisition, storage, utilization and management of serials and their attendant problems involved in the Imo state academic library. The research employed the survey method of research, using questionnaires, interview schedules and direct observation to collect data. Apart from the methodology and procedures of investigation. Which were given the presentation, analysis and interaction, the findings were also done, and data was analyzed using simple percentages.

Results gotten should that the acquisition, storage and utilization of serial were affected by inadequate funding, inadequate accommodation, lack of storage facilities and inadequate number of personnel. The researcher recommended that the perspective authorities involved should ensure of adequate funding of the serials department, provision of adequate accommodation, formulating well thought out storage policy and recruiting enough personnel in the section. Recommendations for further studies were also made. The researcher is of the view that these recommend actions will help to alleviate the serials management problems if they are implemented.

Table Of Content

  • Title page i
  • Certification ii
  • Dedication iii
  • Acknowledgement iv
  • Abstract v
  • Table of contents vi

Chapter One

  • 1.0 Introduction
  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Statement of the study
  • 1.3 Objective of the study
  • 1.4 Research questions
  • 1.5 Scope of the study
  • 1.6 Significance of the study
  • 1.7 Definition of terms

Chapter Two

  • 2.0 Literature review
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Importance and use of serial
  • 2.3 Practical and techniques of serials management
  • 2.4 Selection methods
  • 2.5 Acquisition and management of serials
  • 2.6 preservation, storage and retrieval

Chapter Three

  • 3.0 Research methodology
  • 3.1 Types of data required
  • 3.2 Instrument for data collection
  • 3.3 Population of the study
  • 3.4 Method of data analysis
  • 3.5 Presentation of instruments.
  • 3.6 Method of data analysis

Chapter Four

  • 4.0 Interpretation and analysis of data

Chapter Five

  • 5.0 Summary, Conclusion and recommendation
  • 5.1 Summary of findings
  • 5.3 Conclusion
  • 5.4 Recommendation
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix
  • Questionnaire

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

In the decades ahead, libraries will have to do more with acquisition and management of serials in academic libraries serial management, in particular will require a greater degree of adaptability and flexibility. This proffessional references overviews the most important issues concerning serials management in academic libraries in responding to a changing environment.

Among the issues discussed are the library management and diseemination of text and document delivery. The volume offers practical solutions to the problems facing librarians, which increases effective acquisition effective aqusition and management of serials in academic libraries.

1.1 Historical Background Of Nekede Library

The federal polytechnic Nekede, Owerri was established by the edict No; 16 of 1978 with its former name as college of technology, Owerri. The school was renamed a by an amendment decree of 1st January 1993 to federal polytechnic Nekede and on 17th April 1993, the school was completely taken over by the federal government.
The main central library of the polytechnic came into existence in the same year as the polytechnic, the collections of the school was housed in one of the apartment blocks in school of enginerring block hall until 1998 when the foundation was laid for the establishmeny of a permanent library building to house the collection.

The library present permananet site in Januray 1999 was lead by “Mr. J. U Obasi” as the polytechnic librarian.
The library building was completed in the year (2000), the operation started in the year (2001), the staff of the library is more than forty made up of professionals, para professional and support staff. The library is open to students of the institutions, academic staff and researchers from other polytechnic.

The library has about 17,000 books, 8600 periodicals, few audio-visuals, 7,000newspapers and materials. The section include acquisition section, circulation section, technical section and virtual library section.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

Serial is the fundamental of every academic library because of its requisite nature as cararers of current information on research findings in all fields of human endavours. In this case, books are acquired, organized, stored and display the users will make effective use of it. Also there is need for proper co-ordination an management of serials. For the serial section of a library to serve its patrons effectively.

When one task about acquisition and management of serials. It involves normal disbursement of fund and how to manage fund coming in and going out of the library. But unfortunately one discovers that the proper co-ordination and utilization of serial resources in Poly-nekede library are fraught with numerous problems which make it difficult for the libraries to pay the expected roles.

To determine the problems that affect the effective management of serials in Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri library is the essence of this investigation. The areas to be investigated are funding stating, selections of information materials, acquisition, storage facilities, personnel, organization, as well as the management style and techniques to these problems.

1.3 Objectives Of The Study

The broad objective of this study is to examine the acqusitioin and management of serials in library with particular reference to federal polytechnic Nekede library. The specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To find out how the library serials are organized.
  2. To find out how these serials are circulated and disseminated.
  3. To ascertain the factors that affects the acquisition and management of serials in the library.
  4. To recommend solution on how to improve the acquisition and management of serial in Federal Polytehcnic Nekede, Owerri Library.

1.4 Research Questions

  1. How are serials organized in Federal Polytechnic Nekede, owerri library?
  2. How are serials circulated and disseminated in the library?
  3. How are serials acquired in the library?
  4. How are the improvement of acquisition and management of serial in federal polytechnic Nekede library?

1.5 Scope Of The Study

The study is limited to only the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, library, Owerri. The researcher will cover such area as selection, acquisition, organization and storage, circulation and dissemination of information materials, funding, personnel, as well as Management style of the Serials Department.

1.6 Significance Of The Study

The federal Polytehcnic Nekede library is a federal Owerri is a federal Government owned organization. Like very other state owned organization. It has been bruden with so many problems which are left unattended to over the Years, as a result, there has been so much decay in the library as well as the library serials department.

The information materials are so old and current materials are very rare. Serials rendered to clients are not the best and therefore not effective. These problems and more one what the researcher intends to investigate.

In discovering these problems, the investigator will also proffer valuable solutions to these problems. It is expected that the study will be kind of blue print for other academic libraries that would like to establish a serial department. The researcher also hoped that the work will be significant to people with task of managing serial collections of the library. It is also hope that study will be of immeasurable benefit to the following people viz. libraries, librarians in training, universities, polytechnic or college of education planners, administrator, resources persons and pursuers of knowledge and learning.

1.7 Definitions Of Basic Concepts


A serial is defined as a publication issued in successive part bearing numerical or chronological designation intended to be continue indefinitely, serials include periodical (Newspapers, magazines, journals and memo’s, proceeding transactions of societies, annual (report, year book and numbered monographic series).

Academic Libraries:

These are libraries that cater for the teaching, research and recreational needs of students, lecturers, and non academic staff in institution of higher learning like polytechnics, universities, college of education and monotechnics etc.

Library Acquisition:

Acquisition is the process on obtaining library materials to satisfy the need of users. It is also the process of obtaining books and other materials for the library, documentation centre or achieves.

Library Management:

Library manager broadly defined includes all the things that go on from time a group of citizens establishes a library to serve it’s need to the moment that library does something which helps a citizen. The objectives of the institution and its methods, it facilities and personnel are involved.

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