During the past 50 years, the study of "international librarianship"-global, universal, or comparative-has increasingly become an essential element in understanding the importance of information and knowledge in the global setting. Over this period of time, many attempts have been made to evaluate the similarities and differences in information structures, staffing, and services in various areas of the world with the ultimate intention of providing timely and accurate information to seekers in the greater international arena. International Librarianship: A Basic Guide to Global Knowledge Access identifies basic background sources, in whatever format, for the study and teaching of international librarianship.
Robert D. Stueart has been an advisor to governments, foundations, and international organizations as well as mentor and advocate of information services in over two dozen countries. He has served on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and was chair of the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). He received the Humphrey/OCLC/ Forest Press International Award, given by ALA's International Relations Round Table, as well as Honorary Membership in ALA, the association's highest award.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 1 Trends and Issues in International Librarianship Part 4 2 International Library Associations and Networks of Library and Information Organizations Part 5 3 National Library Associations Part 6 4 Governmental and Nongovernmental Organizations and Foundations Part 7 5 National Libraries and Bibliographic Services Part 8 6 Information Policies Part 9 Index Part 10 About the Author