Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-1978

Publication Source

The Library Quarterly

Volume

48

Issue

3

Start Page

276

Last Page

292

Abstract

This paper represents an attempt to apply current organizational theory to the understanding of a large juvenile library system's selection goals and guidelines. Writings on goal conflict within organizations suggest that the two groups characteristically involved in a large library's book selection process, the coordinators and branch librarians, would display differing orientations toward the process which would result in conflicting objectives and organizational tensions. A case study using nonparticipant observation, interviews, and a questionnaire survey was carried out to examine this hypothesis. The findings challenge the traditional view of forces guiding book selection in a children's library

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Date Posted: 29 June 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.