This historical research review uses organization theory to describe and interpret the evolution of American hospitals, medical libraries, and the role of the professional librarian. Various organization theories are applied to explain changes in hospitals and medical libraries over time. The interaction between the organization and the environment as described in organization theory shaped the emergence of today's information services. For readers unfamiliar with health sciences libraries, the study will provide a glimpse into the social forces that framed the development of this type of special library.
Fatkin, K. J. (2012). Using organization theory to explore the changing role of medical libraries. SLIS Student Research Journal, 2(1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol2/iss1/5