This research work deals with stock acquisition with a reference to Alex Ekwueme Library, Federal polytechnic, Oko.
Acquisition is a means by which books and non book materials are collected in a library. The librarian glossary (2001) defined acquisition as a process of acquiring or the department concerned with acquiring for the library. In chapter one of this research study, there are problems militating against stock acquisition in Alex Ekwueme library such as lack of fund to build up the library stock, there is a problem of staffing and inadequacy of reading space and furniture.
Chapter two of this research study deals with literature review which discusses the following headings: acquisition, acquisition policy, library materials/stocks, types of library stocks, methods of acquisition, problems of stock acquisition and selection tools. Chapter three of this research study is research methodology which the research adopted survey research/designs because survey deals with interview and questionnaires.
Chapter four of this research study discusses presentation and analysis of data which were drawn and gathered from the research questions as follows:
i. What are various methods of acquiring library materials at Alex Ekwueme library?
ii. Are there procedures of book acquisition in the library
iii. What are the needs for stock acquisition in academic libraries?
iv. What types of materials are to be acquired in the library?
Based on the findings, the researcher indicated that the main reason for stock acquisition is for dissemination of information.
Chapter five deals with summary, conclusion, recommendation and suggestion for further study. The researcher recommends that the institution management should not depend on government grant alone but should try to allocate more funds for the acquisition of library stocks/materials.
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