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ERIC Number: ED140818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Community College Library Cooperation: A Behavioral and Dynamic Model.
Euster, Joanne R.
This study examined the psychological and behavioral determinants of community college library cooperation, primarily through interlibrary loans, in the Washington Community College Library Cooperative. Fifty-nine of ninety-one Washington community college library professionals responded to a questionnaire on attitudes and expected behaviors. A dynamic computer simulation model incorporated organizational and behavioral variables over time to their effect on the organization's utility and future existence. Respondents felt that cooperation is valuable and will increase in importance during the next five years. Applying the criterion that a cooperative activity will be included if 65 percent or more of respondents are in favor of it, the study concluded that the decision group, composed of library directors, selects different options than does the user group of library professionals in the system. Successive tests using the computer simulation indicated that the behavior of individual library professionals, seeking to maximize their libraries' return from cooperative behavior, may contribute to the ultimate overloading and collapse of the cooperative system. A bibliography is appended. (Author/KP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Washington