Libraries and Society: Role, Responsibility and Future in an Age of Change (Chandos Information Professional Series)

Libraries and Society: Role, Responsibility and Future in an Age of Change (Chandos Information Professional Series)

By: David Baker (editor), Wendy Evans (editor)Paperback

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This book reviews both the historical and future roles that public, private, academic and special libraries have in supporting and shaping society at local, regional, national and international levels. Globalisation, economic turmoil, political and ethnic tensions, rapid technology development, global warming and other key environmental factors are all combining in myriad and complex ways to affect everyone, both individually and collectively. Fundamental questions are being asked about the future of society and the bedrock organisations that underpin it. Libraries and Society considers the key aspects of library provision and the major challenges that libraries - however defined, managed, developed and provided - now face, and will continue to face in the future. It also focuses on the emerging chapter in cultural, economic and social history and the library's role in serving diverse communities within this new era. * Looks at all types of library in a period of major and discontinuous change, tackling the fundamental questions of the future of libraries in the context of major societal, political and environmental issues* Poses important questions for the profession and policy development* Fills a major gap in literature (recent discourse and debate on the future of democracy, for example, the library is rarely included)

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About Author

Wendy Evans is the Head of Library at the University of St. Mark and St John, UK. She has published and lectured in the field of electronic journal and database usage, access versus ownership of journals, and has already co-edited and co-authored four books with David Baker. Professor David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with eighteen monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken worldwide at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars. His other key professional interest and expertise has been in the field of human resources, where he has also been active in major national projects.


9/11 changed everything - or did it? Public library as social space; The poor will always be with us - will they be found in public libraries? Is the digital divide a terminal disease? Access and the public library: who are the lepers? Why should public libraries be concerned about social responsibility? Public library as social space; Politics and the public library; Image? Librarians just need a really good TV show; Censorship and libraries; Freedom of information issues; The new Free to Be You, You and Me: advocating for young people; Public libraries and public health; Social responsibility v economic rationalism; Is the digital divide a terminal disease? Censorship and the Bill of Rights; Who are the new information leaders?

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781843341314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 472
  • ID: 9781843341314
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 184334131X

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