n Mousaion - Library mergers in higher education institutions : different theories, beliefs and practices




People involved in library mergers often have little or no previous experience in planning or implementing such mergers. Therefore they have to rely primarily on research literature for guidance and advice. However, a study of literature dealing with mergers in higher education in general and libraries in particular, shows a number of different theories, beliefs and practices concerning issues such as reasons for merging, success factors, processes, and outcomes of mergers. The purpose of this article is to draw attention to some of these theories, beliefs and practices that, for the sake of clarity and better understanding of merger issues, need to be put into perspective. This is done by analysing different views and by proposing supporting arguments or counter claims. The article concludes with a summary and a list of recommended research topics.


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