Managing Periodical Literature in Higher Education Libraries in Sierra Leone

At the General Conference of UNESCO held in Paris on 19th November, 1964, it was agree that. A publication is a periodical if it constitute one issue in a continuous series under the same title” (Norman, 2008). Supporting this notion. A periodical literature is publish at regular intervals over an indefinite period, individual issues in the series being unnumber. A periodical literature is a publication with a distinctive title which appears at stated or regular intervals without prior decision as to when the last issue shall appear. It contains articles, stories, or other writings by several contributors. Periodical literature is use in its narrower sense.

As indicating transactions and percentages of societies, daily newspapers magazines, scholarly journals, trade journals, review journals. Like most underdeveloped and developing countries in the world inadequate funding of higher education libraries in Sierra Leone reflects on poorly developed periodical literature collection and as a result ineffective information service is provided to the dissatisfaction of users. Based on the value for research work in the academia, managing periodical literature in higher education libraries in Sierra Leone should be the need. A collection of standard periodical literature in academic libraries is necessary.


Sierra Leone operates a 6-3-3-4 system of education are subdivid into six(6) years at the primary level, three(3) years at the Junior Secondary level, three(3) at the Senior Secondary level. And a minimum of four(4) years at the tertiary level. This sub-division allows the implementation of curriculum that takes account of the different pupils more fully. The general aim of education policy in Sierra Leone is to provide every child with an education which takes fully into an account: character development: his interest ability and aptitude; his emotional, psychological and physical well-being. The manpower needs of the country; the equal importance of both academic and non-academic education; the need for a literature and numerate populace. The economic resources of the state. So that his education can be of use to the country and at the same time provide opportunities for him to be successful in life.

Higher education is post-secondary education given in a university, college or polytechnique and is the stage of specialisation. The objectives of higher education vary according to the institution and course of study but generally include the acquisition physical. And intellectual skills necessary for the development of both the individual and his society. In Sierra Leone, higher educational institutions form the basis of educational advancement following the completion of secondary education. Higher education is the most effective means altering the outlook of people through the broadening of their horizon. Societal development to a large extent is dependent on the human resource empowerment and development. Against this background, higher educational institutions play. A pivotal role in developing the human resource to contribute positively and meaningfully to the socio-economic, political and educational development of Sierra Leone.

Higher educational institutions in Sierra Leone are the University of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma University and Njala University which are state owned and University of Makeni and Limkonwong University which are private own.

The constituent colleges under the University of Sierra Leone include Fourah Bay College(FBC), Institute of Public Administration and Manageent(IPAM) and College of Medicine and Allied Health Science(COMAHS). Bo Campus and Njala University. The higher educational institutions of collegiate status include Milton Margai College of Education and Technology; Eastern Polytechnigue; Bonthe Polytechnique Freetown Teacher.

Port Loko Teachers College and these offer courses leading to the award of diplomas and Certificate. On the contrary, the state-owned and private -owned universities offer Certificates, Diploma, Undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in various disciplines in the faculty of their respective institutions. The curricula differs from institution to institution and curricula.

And programmes that require the use of periodical literature include medicine, law, engineering, education, agriculture, arts. And humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, technology, management and administration. To a greater extent. The Central Government, through subventions funds for higher educational institutions to enhance their smooth-running. Even though some donor agencies do render financial assistance to these institutions in addition to internal funds generated by them.


Libraries are storage of information and information is such. A valuable commodity that its immense contribution to national development cannot be underestimate. Higher education libraries are the nerve centres of all academic activities.

This simply implies that these libraries contribute to the teaching/learning. And research programmes of the parent institutions by providing the needed information services for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teaching staff, researchers, administrative and technical staff. Effective academic work is dependent on quality information service and the library plays a significant role in this regard.

According to Frederick Ken Nicol information is an important source use by organisations to deliver appropriate product or services to customers(2011 p.64). In this vein. Higher education libraries manage information to satisfactorily meet the need of their clientele. Thus information needs to be plan for in the same way that human. And financial resources are plan to ensure increase productivity and efficient service delivery.

Therefore Academic libraries like all other organisations that have thought out. And systematic information planning process stand out to benefit more those that do not. Well-planned and organised information enhances effective service delivery.

Higher education libraries in Sierra Leone support research work. Community development and complement the teaching/learning processes in their respective parent institutions. In this regard, good management of higher education libraries is the organisations and maintenance.

A well-balance and vibrant collection in ensuring that the information needs of users are satisfactorily met. The different collections stocked in these institutions include. But not limited to general book collection on all disciplines to loan by users out of the library building. Specialised collection.

Reference collection and periodical literature and the quantum of their contents depends on the size of the library and its readership. A well-stocked collection as well as recruiting and empowering competent. And qualified staff is largely dependent on the financial strength of the library. Therefore academic libraries need to be prioritise by their parent bodies. When it comes to annual budget approval and allocations for their effective operations.

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