This is a study of an aspect of information, book and library
development in Pakistan. This is a detailed analysis of
constraints encountered by libraries in procurement of materials
Information on current acquisition practices has been collected
through a questionnaire supplemented by personal visits to
libraries, plus interviews with those having reputation for being
knowledgable on the subject. The published literature on the
subject was studied.
The country is dependent on import for 90% of its requirements to
meet instructional and research needs. The university and special
libraries share the major portion of the current acquisition.
The acqllisition process is marred by a number of problems, viz.
1) lack of proper management; 2) absence of competent personnel;
3) non-existence of acquisition policy statements; 4) nonavailability
of selection aids; 5) ever shrinking library budget;
6) high cost of books; 7) fluctuating rate of the rupee; 8)
Other types of import restrictions include: uncertain import
policy, trade embargoes against some countries. fiscal policy and - ,
hurdles in customs clearance.
The following are the major recommendations! 1) creation of
independent acquisition department for university libraries; 2)
institution of training programmes for acquisition staff; 3)
preparation of guidelines for budgetary allocation, distribution
and control; 4) formulation of collection development statement;
5) streamlining of book selection procedure; and, 6) removing of
import restrictions of all kinds.
Direct import by university libraries is recommended. Cooperation
in serial acquisition among libraries of similar types is
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University