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

Bibliographic networking and law libraries in Nigeria

Rita John-Okeke
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 December 2012
  •  Published: 31 January 2013



Cooperative cataloguing is a means by which libraries share resources. In modern library services, cooperative cataloguing is the only means that libraries can cope with the challenges of the digital age. This paper discusses cooperative activity from the 15th century to the present. Some of the benefits of networking such as increase in production, cost effectiveness and production of high quality products and services are discussed extensively in the paper. Two major challenges towards networking of bibliographic resources of law libraries in Nigeria – absence of automated systems and lack of training for law librarians are discussed. The paper positions that the way forward towards networking will include automating systems and services, creating network centers and training for librarians.


Key words: Nigeria, cooperative cataloguing, online catalogues, law libraries, information and communication technology (ICT).