Management of Electronic Information Resources in Nigerian University Libraries: A Critical Review of Literature

Auwal Muhammad Mukhtar and A. A. Maidabino
Keywords: Electronic information resources, EIRs management, Information resources development, Academic libraries, Nigeria
Journal of Library Services and Technologies 2021 3(1), 72-83. Published: March 10, 2021


Abstract

Electronic information resources are regarded as important tools for providing library services to users especially in the digital age. Electronic information resources still need to be selected, acquired, described and effectively managed for utmost utilization by the growing number of library users. This paper explores on the management of electronic information resources in Nigerian university library environment. Through critical analysis of literature, the paper gave an in-depth evaluation of the concepts and significance of EIRs, types and formats. In addition, the paper described the Management practices of EIR in academic libraries. Such practices include the Back-end Management Tools for Library Staff and the Front-End Management Delivering Access to Users. A critical evaluation of the Management strategies of EIRs were also presented. Furthermore, the paper identified and reported a number of challenges associated with the management of EIRs in academic libraries. It is clear from the critical evaluation of the literature that, thus, the management of electronic information resources raises a new set of issues for libraries and stakeholders particularly in developing country like Nigeria, yet, these issues can still fit within the classical theoretical frameworks of collection development and management. Hence, the paper identified and evaluate a number of management models and integrates this body of knowledge into a whole comprehensive framework for effective management of EIRs in Nigerian Academic libraries. It is believed that the framework will serve as a working tool for librarians and other stakeholders in ensuring effective management of EIRs in their libraries.