Library Trends 26 (2) Fall 1977: Trends in the Governance of Libraries


Library Trends 26 (2) Fall 1977: Trends in the Governance of Libraries. Edited by F. William Summers.

One of the most persistent and perplexing problems of recent years has been the governance of the large and complex social organizations which have developed to provide the goods and services demanded by an expanding society. Much attention has been focused on the design of organizational forms which might avoid some of the disadvantages of the traditional military/industrial (hierarchical) models. An almost equal amount of attention has been devoted to examining the nature of individual behavior in complex organizations (the behaviorist approach). Underlying these investigations and explorations has been a series of myths which are themselves largely untested and unverified. It is the purpose of this issue to examine the impact of these myths upon libraries and library services in a number of areas and over a relatively recent time period. These papers reveal that while the governance of libraries has undergone significant change in the last two decades, even greater change may be forthcoming.

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