This book, first published in 1988, offers valuable discussions on networking concerns such as governance, planning, economic and legal problems, leadership needs, appropriate products and services, improving the political environment, and more. They address many of the reservations about interlibrary cooperative programs that are privately expressed by some administrators - the need for reliance on other institutions, the loss of autonomy, and the cost, benefits, and feasibility of such commitments. This book's valuable contributions - reflecting the changed environment for library administrators - provide a variety of different perspectives and respond to pertinent management issues.
1. Introduction Edward R. Johnson 2. Management Perspectives on Network Membership Thomas W. Shaughnessy 3. The Issues and Needs of a Local Library Consortium Edward M. Walters 4. Multistate Library Networks: A Model for Lay Representation on Library Network Boards Louella V. Wetherbee 5. Vision and Reality: The Research Libraries and Networking Paul M. Gherman 6. Networking and Institutional Planning Donal E. Riggs 7. Ownership of Bibliographic Data and Its Importance to Consortia Charles B. Lowry 8. The Future of Networks and OCLC Irene B. Hoadley 9. Library Networking: Statement of a Common Vision Library of Congress Network Advisory Committee 10. Toward a Nationwide Library Network Henriette D. Avram 11. Strategies for Networking in the Next Ten Years D. Kaye Gapen 12. Balancing Needs: The Ideal Network of the Future Susan K. Martin