Wider and Wiser Units
An article entitled "Are Wider Units Wiser?" by Thomas J. Hennen Jr. appeared in the June/July 2002 issue of American Libraries, the official publication of the American Library Association. These pages expand on that article.
asks the question - what
form of public library organization delivers the best library service?
For many years library leaders have told us that “wider units of
service” will produce better library services.
The article examines some of the issues, using national data.
Although far more study is needed, the national data suggest to the
author that, in most cases, wider units of library service are, indeed, wiser.
We cannot compare how well a library may have fared had its planners chosen a different road in the past. We can only compare the results for the roads taken by other libraries in different areas of the country, hoping that the comparisons will help library planners choose wisely in the future.