A Survey of Publisher Compliance With Bibliographic Practices In Nigeria
The inability of Nigerian publishers to conform to international standards of publishing hasÂ been identified as the bane of publishing in Nigeria. The study investigated publisher complianceÂ with bibliographic codes and standards in Nigeria. Also interrogated were challenges faced byÂ publishers in accessing these codes and standards, those faced by National Library of Nigeria in
administering these codes and standards and implementing the legal deposit obligations, as wellÂ those affecting the compilation of the National Bibliography of Nigeria (NBN). The descriptiveÂ research adopted the random sampling technique to select 410 publishers, librarians, authorsÂ and printers. The targets were reached with questionnaires, interviews, observation of records
and interaction for data gathering. Findings show unfounded fears by publishers regarding someÂ perceived difficulties in getting these codes and conventions from the National Library ofÂ Nigeria, a general apathy among publishers towards the issue of legal deposit and the attendantÂ difficulties in the compilation of the National Bibliography of Nigeria (NBN). RecommendationsÂ include discouraging all-comers from flooding the publishing business. The National Library of
Nigeria needs to reach out to Nigerian publishers in a massive media campaign for training,Â semimars, conferences and workshops on issues bordering on bibliographic control, legalÂ deposit and other sundry matters in the publishing industry. The National Library Decree No. 29Â of 1970 is long overdue for revision. Government needs to introduce import wavers and dutyfree
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