Meeting collection development needs in resource poor settings: the University of Zambia Medical Library experience

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Kanyengo, Christine Wamunyima
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to take stock of the current state of information resources and approaches used to meet collection development needs at the University of Zambia Medical Library. Design/methodology/approach – A case study methodological approach accompanied by a review of the literature, annual reports and official documents was used Findings – The findings indicate that the UNZA Medical Library has not had adequate funding since the early 1980s and its collection cannot meet the information needs of its users without the support of other organizations. Practical implications – Dwindling financial resources are a scenario that is common to libraries all over the world but more pronounced in Sub- Saharan Africa, where libraries have seen major reductions in their funding levels over time. The library has devised alternative strategies, other than funding from the parent institution, for meeting its collection development requirements. Originality/value – Lessons learned over time and best practices that can be of use to other libraries that are facing funding problems are highlighted.