The McDonaldization of academic libraries?

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George Ritzer, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, has proposed an influential thesis that suggests that many aspects of the fast food industry are making their way into other areas of society. This article explores whether his thesis, known as the McDonaldization thesis, is applicable to academic libraries. Specifically, it seeks to determine to what extent academic libraries may be considered McDonaldized, and if so, what effect McDonaldization may be having on them. It also investigates some possible alternatives to McDonaldization, and their implications for academic libraries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-261
Number of pages14
JournalCollege and Research Libraries
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2000


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