Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Mary Bolin

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Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Library Administration Vol. 29, No. 2, 1999, pp. 49-61; and: Integration in the Library Organization (ed: Christine E. Thompson) The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2000, pp. 49-61.
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Libraries are generally organized by function in order to carry out their mission efficiently. Academic librarians who are faculty also have a collegial organization that exists apart from any functional arrangement. Public and technical services librarians in this sort of organization are colleagues who have responsibility for the library in the way that teaching faculty are responsible for the programs in their departments. This article discusses the characteristics of the successful collegial organization and the relationship of technical and public services librarians in a collegial library.