Media Resource Center Management in Higher Education

New Organizations for the Times


  • Robin E. Lawrason
  • Bruce Parkhurst



Changes in the organization of learning resources including language/learning
labs have occurred over the years. Surveys within higher education over the last ten
years indicate less local autonomy and more centralized control, either within
individual colleges or within central media or library facilities. It is not clear whether
library involvement is advantageous in all institutions. Factors affecting successful
integration include the age, size, and traditions of the university, training and skills of
staff and director, support of the central administration, and a clear mission for the
use of learning resources.
An earlier version of this paper was presented for IALL at the Annual Convention
of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in 1984 in Dallas,