Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 51: 1-16 (2004)

原著論文Original Article

公共図書館サービスにおけるガバナンス概念の適用住民セクターとの新たな関係性の構築に向けてApplication of the concept of “Governance” to public library services in Japan: Toward the construction of the relationship between the citizens’ sectors and the administration

専修大学Senshu University ◇ 〒214-8580 神奈川県川崎市多摩区東三田二丁目1番1号 ◇ Higashimita 2-1-1, Kawasaki Tama-ku, Kanagawa 214-8580, Japan

受付日:2004年11月1日Received: November 1, 2004
受理日:2005年2月14日Accepted: February 14, 2005
発行日:2005年5月20日Published: May 20, 2005

The purpose of this paper is to examine the prospects for library services actively adopting the trend of administrative reform. Initially the paper takes a general view of the argument concerning “Decentralization” at the national level and “New Public Management” at the regional level in order to clarify the existence of a citizens’ sector as one of the principal points at issue in both reforms. The second section gives an account of the fact that in administrative reforms after 1990s citizens are regarded not only as beneficiaries of public services, but also as suppliers. This section also explains the concept of “Governance” which explains the aforementioned fact. Where the concept of “Governance” was applied to provision of public service, various social actors including citizens’ sector would be placed on an equal footing with administrations when providing public services. In conclusion, the author advocates that to apply the concept of “Governance” as one of the best options for thinking about the provision of library services, under a framework which regards the directionality of administrative reform as “from Government to Governance.”

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