ERIC Number: ED208800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Use of the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) in Nigeria.
Bankole, Beatrice S.
Implementation of ISBD in Nigeria has successfully overcome problems with the diversities of 200 ethnic groups, 400 languages and dialects (in addition to English as the official language), arabic and roman alphabets, and the interface of two major religious systems--Islam and Christianity. This paper describes the adoption and uses of the ISBDs in some of the 300 major libraries in Nigeria, the problems experienced, and the reasons for non-adoption by other libraries. The role of the Nigerian National Library is explored with respect to the development and acquisition of ISBD information, the application of ISBD to the national bibliography, and the sponsorship of workshops and seminars. Specific problems encountered were acquisition of typewriters with special typefaces, punctuation signs, arrangement of entries, the use of arabic script, Nigerian variants of the roman alphabet, and the style and conventions of the Nigerian publishing and printing industry. The paper concludes with recommendations that bibliographic problems and peculiarities of non-western book production styles be included in the IFLA ISBD manual, and that ISBDs be simpler and briefer. A 5-item bibliography and a questionnaire on the use of ISBD are included. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: International Standard Bibliographic Description; Nigeria
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations (Manila, Philippines, August 18-23, 1980).