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ERIC Number: ED152314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Political Economy of Interlibrary Organizations: Two Case Studies.
Townley, Charles T.
J. Kenneth Benson's political economy model for interlibrary cooperation identifies linkages and describes interactions between the environment, the interlibrary organization, and member libraries. A tentative general model for interlibrary organizations based on the Benson model was developed, and the fit of this adjusted model to the realities of interlibrary organizations was tested by applying it to the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC) and the Midwest Regional Library Network (Midlnet). The principal strength of the model was identified as the use of the interlibrary organization as the unit of analysis. Two major weaknesses emerged: (1) it was found that the model did not fully develop the possibility that an interlibrary organization can become a relatively powerful broker in negotiations with the environment despite its lack of formal power and authority; and (2) further research is recommended to fully explore the impacts of work components in member libraries on the internal power structure of the system. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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