The department of Information and Documentation is one of the departments in Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria saddled with the responsibilities of collection, organization and provision of information material, both in hard copy and e-resources to aid the research and training activities of FRIN.Its operation dates back to 1941 when it was previously known as the Central Research Library of FRIN and later called Department of Information and Documentation.
FRIN Library as a Special Library has the following mandates:
- Organization and provision of information to support research activities in the Institute;
- Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Information to FRIN Staff and Trainees;
- Provision of specialized information services to Forestry Research workers in and outside the Institute;
- Conduct bibliographical research relating to the Institute’s mandate and activities;
- Develop and acquiring computerized databases on subject pertinent to FRIN research and training programmes;
- To provide training in accessing Scientific Literature;
- Provision of Inter-Library loan services;
- Provision of reprographic/photographical services to the library users.
The following sections are within the department and they carry out specialized functions in order to allow for smooth running of the activities of the department:
- Circulation Section
- Cataloguing and Classification Section
- Reference Section
- Serials Section
- Readers’ Section
- Technical Section and
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Section
Each of the above section is manned by trained professionals in the field of Librarianship and Computer Science and are being assisted by other para-professional staff such as programme analyst, statisticians, admin officers, tourism staff etc.
Every library or information organization has its own collection in-line with its mandate. Presently, the department has a total of 18,299 books, 6,758 bounded volumes of journals, 3,100 reports and 4,223 reprints. There are also other non-print information materials in its collection. The department opens to researchers and staff within hours of 8am – 4pm.
The collections in the department of Information and Documentation covers the field of forestry, forest products, some aspects of agriculture, water resources management, the natural and physical sciences, climate related issues and other subjects of interest as well as a small collection of publications of historical importance.
The department of Information and Documentation uses The Oxford System of Decimal Classification for Forestry and Universal Decimal Classification schemes for the cataloguing and classification of its information resources. In order to reach out to its wider audience, the department of Information and Documentation uses OPAC for online information resources, GFIS (Global Forest Information Sources), AGORA etc.