ERIC Number: ED233737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Amalgamations and Libraries. A Study of the Effect on British Polytechnic Libraries of Institutional Amalgamations with Derived Guidelines for Amalgamating Victorian and Other Australian Institutions. Occasional Publication Number 3.
Bundy, Alan L.
Because 30 Australian colleges of advanced education, principally teacher training institutions, were scheduled to be amalgamated in 1982, a study was undertaken to determine the problems likely to face librarians at these institutions and to produce guidelines on amalgamation and running multi-site operations for both college administrators and librarians. The guidelines developed were primarily based on (1) information on related experiences at British polytechnic libraries, collected during 12 site visits in October 1981; (2) the writings of W. Ashworth, the major author in this area of librarianship; and (3) comments received from Australian librarians with experience of amalgamations and multi-site operations. In addition to the guidelines, this document presents a statement of the rationale for Australian amalgamations; a discussion of the study's background, scope, and methodology; a description of the Australian and British experience with amalgamations; a review of the literature on the management dilemmas inherent in amalgamation situations; a delineation of the problems and advantages of multi-site libraries; a statement of conclusions and recommendations based on the study; and an extensive review of comments received on the guidelines for administrators and librarians. A 10-item bibliography and information about the author are also provided. (ESR)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Administration, Consolidated Schools, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Library Administration, Library Planning, Library Services, Mergers, Multicampus Colleges, Postsecondary Education
Administration Unit, Footscray Institute of Technology Library, PO Box 64, Footscray, Victoria, Australia 3011 (Payment must accompany order, Aus $5.00, Aus $6.00 for overseas orders).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Footscray Inst. of Technology (Australia). Library.
Identifiers: Australia; Great Britain; Polytechnics
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