Nationwide Library Consortia Life Cycle

Shachaf, Pnina Nationwide Library Consortia Life Cycle. Libri, 2003, vol. 53, n. 2, pp. 94-102. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Library consortia development processes were examined from an ecological approach, combining historical perspective, dynamic developmental approach, and social structure, stressing the issues of permeable boundaries in library consortia and the manifestation of inter-organization relationships. A comparative analysis of several nationwide consortia (from Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Italy, Micronesia, Spain and the U.K.) using six criteria enables delineation of a developmental pattern. Additional support for the model is based on a study of U.S. state-wide consortia conducted by Potter in 1997. A four-stage life cycle sequence is outlined: embryonic, early development, development, and maturation. In addition, the ecological approach stresses founding and disbanding processes, suggesting disbanding as a fifth stage. The contribution of this paper to developmental theories at other levels of analysis (individual, group, organization) is in proposal of an inter-organizational life cycle model.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: consortia, ecological, life cycle, consortia development
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Pnina Shachaf
Date deposited: 24 Oct 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:13


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