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Joanne Risacher (Other), Charles Ryan (Advisor)

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Educational Specialist (EdS)


Ohio's public two-year community colleges were surveyed to determine how many have merged their libraries and information technology operations. A merger scale developed by Bolin was used as a measure of degree of merger. Results of telephone interviews with librarians at fifteen institutions showed that less than 25% of the subject colleges had some form of merged operation. This figure was similar to reports in the literature. Those Ohio colleges reporting merged operations were all large or very large institutions. This finding did not fit with the literature, which associated merged operations with small institutions. Librarians were also asked about faculty status of librarians and academic characteristics of library operations. Thirteen colleges reported to an academic administrator, but two of three merged institutions reported to a non-academic administrator. Based on these findings, recommendations were made for further research.

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Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

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