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Title:Creating the conditions for change
Author(s):Ely, Donald P.; Atkinson, Hugh C.
Subject(s):Change in libraries
Libraries and society
Future trends
Abstract:Includes a response by Hugh C. Atkinson. Changes will occur, and to resent them makes us less able to make the necessary adaptations. If the prospect of change fills us with anxiety, the least we can do is to analyze the situation, determine the worst that can happen, and try to improve upon that; or, better, we could estimate the best that might happen and try to enhance the factors that will help to bring about the best results. The anxious person will run away from change with the hope that it will disappear. This is clearly a time of coping, not retreating; it is a time for deliberate movement rather than passive response. The purpose of this paper is to consider the meaning of change, the process of change, and the conditions for facilitating change so that both the individual and the institution can emerge as proactive participants helping to create the future rather than being shaped by it.
Issue Date:1978
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In G.S. Bonn and S.Faibisoff (eds) Changing times, changing libraries (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 14-17, 1976): 145-162.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (22nd : 1976)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-10

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