Governance and Funding
The rapid and profound changes in British universities have been a forceful reminder that university libraries are inextricably linked to the fortunes of their parent institutions. In better times, there is often a tendency to take the university as a constant, and to disregard it as a cause of major change in university libraries. In Allen Veaner’s assessment of the future for American academic libraries, for example, there is hardly any consideration of the potential effect of changes in the organization and funding of universities. 1 Events in Britain have shown all too clearly that such complacency is impossible. The universities are in the middle of drastic changes to the way in which they are funded, make decisions, and organize themselves, and their libraries cannot avoid being involved in this process.