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Dissertation Information for Charles Townley

NAME:
- Charles Townley

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (1983)

ADVISORS:
- Victor Rosenberg

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Helen Lloyd Snoke
- Frederick H. Wagman
- Robert Louis Kahn

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE PERCEPTUAL COMPONENT OF RELATIONSHIPS IN LIBRARY NETWORKS

Abstract: The study investigated relationships between eligible libraries and the seven regional systems that make up the Colorado Library Network. Mailed questionnaires were used to collect data on perceptions of mutual goal compatibility, agreement between organizations in the network, influence and quality of work as well as interaction rates and structural characteristics. Eighty-one percent (334) of 412 questionnaires were returned. Follow-up interviews were conducted with a stratified sample of 54 library and system directors. Data analysis included median and chi square tests.

Variations in perceptions associated with structural characteristics were assessed. Structural characteristics included membership status, respondent type, length of membership, governing board status, system affiliation, library size and library type.

Empirical tests identified symmetrical and asymmetrical relationships on the basis of perceived benefit. It was demonstrated that the highest interaction rates occur in relationships where both the library and the system director perceive benefit. Lowest interaction rates occur in relationships where neither director perceives benefit. In asymmetrical relationships, where one director perceives benefit and the other does not, interaction rates are moderate with more interaction occurring in relationships where the library director perceives benefit.

Tests demonstrating the efficacy of exchange and dependency theory in predicting levels of perception were not fully supported. Predicted outcomes were achieved in variables addressing mutual goal compatibility, relative importance of the relationship, influence and quality of work. They were not achieved for perceptions of agreement, where highest levels of agreement and disagreement were reported in relationships with high interaction rates and high benefit.

The study concludes with recommendations for organization development, suggestions for other library networks meeting National Commission criteria and recommendations for further research on library networks and interorganization theory.

MPACT Scores for Charles Townley

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