HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE DIVISION
The division was established in 1976 as a unit under Technical Services Division when Kashim Ibrahim
Library moved to its new premises in the Samaru main campus. Later the collection development unit
was upgraded to full Division. Due to advances in science and technology as well as the dynamic
nature of Information profession in 2011 the division was re-named as Resource Development Division.
The primary function of the division is selection and acquisition of Information resources for the
Ahmadu Bello University complex via our centralized acquisition policy. It coordinates and
facilitates the selection of information resources by the faculties, departments and centres. It
acquires and processed books and non-books resources for all libraries in the University system.
These information resources are processed and given directional guides as to which section of the
library the resources are to be placed for use. These resources when processed are sent to the
Resource Processing Division for cataloguing and classification. Moreover, information resources are
also distributed to Satellite, Faculties, Departmental, Centres and other libraries for onward
processing and made available to users.
From inception to date it has selected, acquired, processed and distributed over 1.6 million volumes
of assorted books theses and dissertations to Resource Processing Division, Satellite, Faculties,
Departmental, Centres and other libraries.
UNITS UNDER THE DIVISION
The Division comprises of four (4) units namely:
- Ordering Unit.
- Invoice Clearance Unit.
- Receiving Unit.
- Bibliographic Filing and Checking Unit.
To select, acquire, process and distribute current, authoritative, reliable and relevant information
resources to various faculties, departments, research centres, institutes and others so as to become
among the best Resource Development Division in Universities in sub- Saharan Africa.
To support the present and future teaching- learning, research and community service accomplishments
of the University through the selection, acquisition, processing and distribution of current,
authoritative, reliable and relevant information resources
- To select, acquire, process, distribute and maintain information resources in all formats to
support teaching- learning, research and community service accomplishments of the University.
- To create and maintain networks and cooperation among Library and information centres as
well as other groups, individuals, organizations and agencies in resource sharing and
- To organize and coordinate weeding of library information resources in conjunction with Customer
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY
The Library Complex Resource Development Policy is to ensure sustainable provision of high -quality
information resources in print, media and electronic, as well as maximizing access to these
information resources which support the University curriculum. The policy is developed in the
context of the University’s vision and mission as published in the strategic planning and policy
documents of the University. The Library’s Resource Development Policy shall focus on selection,
acquisition and weeding of information resources.
The Resource Development Librarian of the main library, after analyzing the scope of the existing
stock and planning for future acquisitions in the respective subject areas shall work in close
coordination with the Faculty Liaison Officers (FLOs). Departmental Library Officers (DLO’s) and
Departmental Librarians (DLs) to select new resources. Thus Librarians shall be:
- Involved in the development of academic programme, to advise on the existing library resources
and plan for needed library support.
- Included in meetings involving curriculum studies and reviews so that they are well informed on
current programme and future plans.
- Librarians of satellite libraries shall be members of the Professional and Academic Boards
(P & AB) of the institute, college and center for the purpose of contributing to the development
of the organizations, including Information Resources Development of the Libraries.
The following criteria shall be used to facilitate the selection of any information resources for the
- All Information Resources shall be evaluated before selection for purchase or addition to the
- Information Resources of current scholarly interest shall be given top priority.
- Assessment from standard reviewing media shall be a factor for determining their importance and
- Periodicals indexed in print, on-line source and in indexing and abstracting media shall be
given preference in selection over those not indexed.
- Information resources shall be selected in a variety of formats e.g. Books, A/V, periodicals,
offline and online e-resources, etc, according to the appropriate medium for the discipline and
also to the facilities available to access a particular format.
- Reputation and credibility of authors and publishers shall be given priority.
- Availability and cost of electronic copies as well as physical quality, format and price shall
be considered during selection.
- Information resources selected shall be added to the library collection at the location most
appropriate for their use taking into account the courses offered in each Faculty/Department and
the multidisciplinary nature of the courses.
The library shall be engaged in the following:
- The library shall purchase at least three and two copies each for published book and journal titles
- Where three or more copies of the same book or journal title are acquired, at least one copy
will be sent to the departmental library of the subject area.
- Purchase of additional copies of books and journal shall be supported by projected or proven
heavy and continued use, or by the necessity to provide a well – rounded collection at more than one Faculty/Department/Centre.
- Appropriate number of Nigerian newspapers and magazines shall be purchased daily or weekly as
the case may be by the main library for the library and some designated satellite libraries.
- A copy each of the Ahmadu Bello University theses and dissertations shall be submitted to the
main library by the School of Postgraduate Studies.
- Copies of theses and dissertations written by the Ahmadu Bello University staff who studied in
foreign Universities shall be deposited in the main library upon completion.
- Offline and online databases that cover multi subject areas shall be given priority in
- All subscribed and open access databases shall be hosted on the library website for use by
- The library shall maintain its objectivity in the acquisition of controversial resources either
in print or in electronic media.
Library and Information Resources shall be acquired through:-
- Purchase from publishers, agents or vendors.
- The Library shall accept gifts and donations from individuals, organizations, institutions,
societies if they are needed for the collection, and upon receipt, the Library becomes the owner
of the materials and reserves the right to determine the retention, disposal and other rights.
- Grants from National and International Organizations, institutions, foundations, bequeath and
endowments shall be accepted.
- Exchange shall be encouraged whereby the library enters into exchange programme with other
libraries/institutions organizations and agencies to exchange resources.
- Deposit:- Libraries shall acquire resources through deposit, especially, from governments,
national and international agencies and organizations such as UNO, USAID, AU, EU, ECOWAS. Etc.
- Endowments/bequeath – such as from philanthropists, families, alumni, etc.
- The library shall engage in cooperative acquisitions through resource sharing and inter-library
- Library shall acquire resources in the languages used as media of instruction in the University.
- Library shall replace lost and damaged resources found to be of great importance or have
academic contribution to their subject of treatment.
Information resources shall be withdrawn from the Library due to:-
- Age of the edition.
- Lack of use for over 5 years.
- Irredeemable deterioration.
- Irrelevance to the courses offered and mandates of the University.
The division have staff strength of eleven (11) staff only, four (4) professionals, six (6)
Para-professionals and one (1) confidential secretary.
Head of Division
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