As a participant in the original research for the British Library's IUK 2000 project, my general brief at that time was to look at the influences on, and developments in the management and organization of UK special libraries in the year 2000. The Task Force of which I was part had as an overall title “Archives, libraries and information services”. I started by taking as a model Peter Drucker's view of corporate economics in the 1990s and the far‐reaching changes which he saw as being brought about in the social and economic environment. The main trends as seen by Drucker relate to increased international co‐operation and integration; radical business restructuring; and a challenge to the doctrine of self‐perpetuating management, raising questions of accountability.
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