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The Ideal Academic Library as Envisioned through Nietzsche’s Vision of the Eternal Return

Author(s): Michael Lorenzen

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Fredrich Nietzsche | Library Management | Philosophy | Academic Libraries | Existentialism

There are many ways to look at the formal organization of academic libraries. This paper will view this process using the framework of Fredrich Nietzsche’s idea of the eternal return. While not a perfect conceptual model, it can be used to understand how events occur in libraries and how library leaders can best interact with the organizations that they lead. This paper will look at the different functional areas of the library and examine how these areas relate to each other and to library management. As a result, this also provides a glimpse of the author’s ideas about library leadership and the ideal library organization.
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