Libraries have always been seen as essential teaching and
learning support services in academic institutions, while
audiovisual production services have been a recent
innovation of the last four decades.
The recommendation of the Brynmor Jones Report of 1965 to
set up audiovisual production services as separate central
service units, has led to co-operation between audiovisual
services and libraries in some institutions. This has
culminated in some cases in the amalgamation of these
services as 'learning resource services', a significant
trend which is shown to be on the increase.
This thesis examines the development of these relationships over the last 30 years,
in those institutions of higher education in the categories of
colleges and institutes of higher education, polytechnics
By means of historical analysis, the timing and the
reasons for these developing relationships is described.
Case studies show the variety of organisational, service
and human relationships that exist between services.
The hypothesis that it is in the interests of the
institution that these two academic support services
should be amalgamated to form a single service; and that
developments in the various aspects of information
technology make the separation of libraries, audiovisual
services and other more recent support services (such as
computer units) increasingly untenable, is examined. The
advantages and disadvantages of other forms of development
and organisational structures, both at present and for the
future, are considered. The thesis concludes with a set of questions which
institutions that have not developed a single integrated
or co-ordinated service should consider for their future
development. The work presents a critical review of the
subject hitherto unavailable.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.