Library Trends 28 (1) Summer 1979: The Economics of Academic Libraries


Library Trends 28 (1) Summer 1979: The Economics of Academic Libraries. Edited by Allen Kent, Jacob Cohen, and K. Leon Montgomery.

The concept that libraries are systems or organizations consuming and deploying capital and recurrent resources that can be optimized is a relatively recent one. Little in the structure of the college or university has given the librarian any incentive to think in economic terms. College and university libraries, as they have come to be known over the past century, may face revolutionary changes in their scope, nature and structure if they are to function as reasonably effective instruments in service to scholarship. In the end, it will be economics that will force this revolution. It is to this belief that this issue of Library Trends is dedicated.

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