International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Issues, benefits and challenges of original cataloguing versus copy cataloguing: The experience at the Lagos State University

Orbih, David Egbailenamhe
  • Orbih, David Egbailenamhe
  • Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria
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Aina, Adebowale Japhet
  • Aina, Adebowale Japhet
  • The University Library, Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos, Nigeria
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  •  Received: 21 November 2013
  •  Published: 30 November 2014


Copy catalogue has long been underutilized. Plagued by insufficient bibliographic control throughout most of the twentieth century, information resource centers especially the library have started to use Online Computer Library Center (OCLCs) a standard bibliographic rules. However, through a piecemeal effort, many bibliographic records have been entered into OCLCs by a number of libraries. In this study, descriptive survey method was adopted; the target population is all cataloguers who are currently serving or have served in the cataloguing section of the Lagos State University (LASU) library. Sample consisted of thirty-seven (37) cataloguers purposively selected. Questionnaire was used to collect data; major findings from the study reveal that there is a remarkable change in copy catalogue over original catalogue practices among cataloguers under study. The study also revealed that funding is a major challenge confronting Lagos State University library.


Key words: Original cataloguing, copy cataloguing, bibliographic records, metadata, online computer library center (OCLC), Lagos State University Library.