ERIC Number: ED200210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Nationwide Network: Development, Governance, Support.
Published to elicit comments and discussion from the library and information service communities, this working paper on governance of a nationwide library and information service network proposes and discusses three scenarios for the construction of such a network. The first explores a legislative model resulting from prescriptive legislative action. The second views network development and governance as an evolutionary process where ad hoc, legal, and other types of agreements or their combination provide the necessary definitions. The remaining scenario looks solely at the network coming from the private sector in which profit and not-for-profit entities would work within the context of the market place to create the network. Common to the discussion of all three models are the questions: What is to be governed? Is a legislated governance structure necessary, and what form might that or another type of governance take? No conclusions or recommendations are offered; rather, professionals are encouraged to consider the role each scenario should play in the development of a nationwide governance structure, and which scenario or scenarios should receive the highest priority for further study. (RAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.