Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



This study sought to investigate the institutional support employed for collection development practices in Private University Libraries in South-West Nigeria. This study adopted the qualitative research design. The population comprised 57 key informants made up of heads of the libraries and acquisition librarians from 31 Private University libraries. The total enumeration technique was used for the study. A Key Informant Interview was the instrument used for data collection. Data were analyzed using content analysis. Findings revealed that institutional support had an impact on collection development practices. The predominant institutional support received was the prompt release of the library's budget allocation during accreditation, regular salary payment, and provision of work-related infrastructural facilities. Administrative bottlenecks and delayed institutional support until the accreditation period were the major obstacles to collection development practices in academic libraries. The study concluded by noting that institutions support is necessary to enhance collection development practices.