Libraries & Democracy

The Cornerstones of Liberty

Author: Nancy C. Kranich

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838908082

Category: Education

Page: 223

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From Librarian of Congress, James Billington, to founding director of the Center for the Book, John Cole, the leading-edge information specialists of the day share their insights on the role libraries play in advancing democracy. As issues such as filtering and copyright protection take center stage in libraries everywhere, librarians, advocates, and policymakers alike can find answers to tough questions in this thorough examination of a complex and critical subject.

Books and Libraries

Democracy and Other Papers

Author: James Russell Lowell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Books and reading

Page: 177

View: 3499


Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library

How Postmodern Consumer Capitalism Threatens Democracy, Civil Education and the Public Good

Author: Ed D'Angelo

Publisher: Library Juice Press, LLC

ISBN: 1936117231

Category: Social Science

Page: 139

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Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library is a philosophical and historical analysis of how the rise of consumerism has led to the decline of the original mission of public libraries to sustain and promote democracy through civic education. Through a reading of historical figures such as Plato, Helvetius, Rousseau, and John Stuart Mill, the book shows how democracy and even capitalism were originally believed to depend upon the moral and political education that public libraries (and other institutions of rational public discourse) could provide. But as capitalism developed in the 20th century it evolved into a postmodern consumerism that replaced democracy with consumerism and education with entertainment. Public libraries have mistakenly tried to remain relevant by shadowing the rise of consumerism, but have instead contributed to the rise of a new barbarism and the decline of democracy.

Our Enduring Values Revisited: Librarianship in an Ever-Changing World

Author: Michael Gorman

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838913008

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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In the almost 15 years since Our Enduring Values was published, there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal, and technological demands amidst the often-dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions. In this stirring manifesto, public intellectual, librarian, and philosopher Gorman addresses head on the “existential panic” among library professionals caused by the radical shift in how libraries are viewed. He reconnects readers with the core values that continue to inspire generations of library professionals and scholars—while making the case that these values are doubly crucial to hold on to in the brave new shifting world of librarianship. Destined to become another classic of library literature, this book explores such contemporary issues as The growing emphasis of the library as a cultural institution, placing libraries within their cultural context as gathering places for learning, access to information, and communityThe impact of technological innovations on core values such as access and stewardshipLibrary places and spaces of the futureHow the mass digitization of books, archives, and other materials affects the purpose and function of librariesIntellectual freedom and privacy in the era of the PATRIOT Act, Wikileaks, and Edward SnowdenThe role of libraries as both champions and facilitators of social justiceInspirational yet clear-sighted, Gorman emphatically reaffirms the importance of libraries and librarians while proposing a path for future survival and growth.

Our Enduring Values

Librarianship in the 21st Century

Author: Michael Gorman

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838907856

Category: Education

Page: 188

View: 5193

Describes the principles of eight core values including stewardship, services, intellectual freedom, and literarcy and learning; and discusses how libraries can adapt them in order to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy

Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism

Author: John Buschman

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810885298

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 3811

In this volume, Buschman provides a history of marketing and advertising and their entanglements with democracy, education, and libraries. He then engages Democratic Theory and the framework it provides to critique neoliberalism’s influences. A final chapter traces the trajectory of neoliberalism and educative institutions on our democracy. Throughout, the book makes clear that issues concerning public educative institutions in a democracy are political. A provocative and engaging book, Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy should be required reading for anyone interested in the challenges facing libraries today.

Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes

Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint

Author: Paul T. Jaeger,Ursula Gorham,John Carlo Bertot,Lindsay C. Sarin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442233478

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

View: 6485

Over the past thirty years, significant shifts in technology, political ideologies, and policy goals have resulted in an environment in which public libraries face the highest expectations to serve community needs against unprecedented political, economic, and policy challenges. Drawing on two decades of original research conducted by the authors, this book provides a data-driven examination of the interrelated impacts of political discourse and public policy processes on public libraries and the ways in which they are able to serve their communities, explaining the complex current circumstances and offering strategies for effectively creating a better future for public libraries.

Digital Libraries

Author: Fabrice Papy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118623592

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

View: 4091

Of vital interest to all librarians and information specialists, this book presents all aspects of the effects of digitization of today's and tomorrow's libraries. From social to technical issues, Digital Libraries includes chapters on the growth of the role of librarian, the reader experience, cataloging, search engines, OPAC, law, ergonomic studies, and the future of libraries.

Technological Convergence and Social Networks in Information Management

Second International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World, IMCW 2010, Ankara, Turkey

Author: Serap Kurbanoglu,Umut Al,Phyllis Lepon Erdogan,Yasar Tonta,Nazan Ucak

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 364216031X

Category: Computers

Page: 231

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“Convergence” is defined as the intertwinement of species or technologies. “Tech- logical convergence,” on the other hand, refers to a trend where a single product such as a cell phone, used in the past solely for communication, evolves into a product that functions not only as a communication device but incorporates the distinct function- ities of a number of other technologies, thereby enabling users to take pictures, listen to music, access the Web, send and receive e-mail messages, find their way, and so on, equally successfully. Social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and LinkedIn, where users congregate, discuss certain issues, entertain themselves, and share information in t- tual, audio and video formats, are among the most frequented web sites. Social networks having Web 2. 0 features offer personalized services, allowing users to - corporate their own content easily and describe, organize and share it with others, thereby enriching users’ experience. More often than not, a capable cell phone is all you need to get access to such social networks and carry out all those tasks. Such tools tend to change our private, social and professional lives and blur the boundaries among them. In other words, our private, social and professional lives are converging, too: someone using a cell phone could be communicating with his/her friend(s), accessing information services, taking an exam using a learning management system, or conducting business.

Librarianship as a Bridge to an Information and Knowledge Society in Africa

Author: Alli Mcharazo,Sjoerd Koopman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3598440251

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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Knowledge Management was the theme of the Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XVII) in 2006. This selection of conference papers provides a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, information and development and how the three together can mould a new and more informed society. The challenge is to make our libraries more people-centered and Afro-centric, not simply serving the interests of the elite and paying little attention to the plight of the less well off. This needs to change, with libraries becoming more inclusive and serving the needs of all. These papers raise provocative questions, and provide an insight into the struggle of information services in this part of Africa to be part of an emerging information and knowledge society.

Current Practices in Public Libraries

Author: N.A

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317965329

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

View: 4375

A comprehensive look at contemporary trends and practices in public libraries Current Practices in Public Libraries combines research, surveys, and practical experience to examine a variety of trends, issues, and practices in public library administration. The leading researchers in the field explore vital contemporary topics ranging from literacy instruction and advocacy to ethical concerns in the acquisition of foreign language materials. This practical professional guide presents examples of successful programs at individual libraries as well as results of comprehensive national surveys about funding, computers and Internet access, and branch closures. Current Practices in Public Libraries presents an extensive look at advocacy, ethics, multicultural outreach, literacy training, marketing, and mentoring in today’s public libraries. This comprehensive resource examines a wide range of issues, including public library funding; contributing factors to the quality of public access computing and Internet services; the impact of public library closures; recent human rights violations in U.S. public libraries; supporting local small business development; how multiculturalism and automation can affect collection development and technical services; new leadership models; the use of marketing and advocacy to build and sustain support for public libraries; promoting family learning activities; and the case for small, independent libraries. Current Practices in Public Libraries explores: library funding library expenditures budget shortfalls fiscal planning Internet access and connectivity library siting library Bill of Rights entrepreneurs customization of library services targeted services acquisitions collection development and management outsourcing state library agencies and associations federal library programs and legislation government relations information literacy tutoring and much more Current Practices in Public Libraries is an essential resource for librarians and library administrators working in public and academic settings, and for library sciences faculty and students.

Library and Information Science

Parameters and Perspectives : Essays in Honour of Prof. P.B. Mangla

Author: Ram Gopal Prasher

Publisher: Concept Publishing Company

ISBN: 9788170226345

Category: Information science

Page: 614

View: 8310

Contributed articles.


The Present and Future of Librarianship

Author: John Budd

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313095221

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 281

View: 9862


Democracy and the Public Library

Essays on Fundamental Issues

Author: Arthur Wayne Hafner

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

View: 395

"...librarians who want to address these issues at a high level of professional competence and understanding will find few if any treatments combining as broad an approach with as much balanced and thorough research and clear writing. This volume would be a solid addition to any public library or professional collection. Public Libraries

Reading Places

Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America

Author: Christine Pawley

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558498228

Category: History

Page: 325

View: 1006

Examines the role of public libraries during a time of national anxiety

Pressing the Fight

Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War

Author: Catherine Turner

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558499601

Category: History

Page: 285

View: 8076

Although often framed as an economic, military, and diplomatic confrontation, the Cold War was above all a conflict of ideas. In official pronouncements and publications as well as via radio broadcasts, television, and film, the United States and the Soviet Union both sought to extend their global reach as much through the power of persuasion as by the use of force. Yet of all the means each side employed to press its ideological case, none proved more reliable or successful than print. In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines explore the myriad ways print was used in the Cold War. Looking at materials ranging from textbooks and cookbooks to art catalogs, newspaper comics, and travel guides, they analyze not only the content of printed matter but also the material circumstances of its production, the people and institutions that disseminated it, and the audiences that consumed it. Among the topics discussed are the infiltration of book publishing by propagandists East and West; the distribution of pro-American printed matter in postwar Japan through libraries, schools, and consulates; and the collaboration of foundations, academia, and the government in the promotion of high culture as evidence of the superiority of Western values.At the same time, many of the qualities that made print the preferred medium of official propaganda also made it an effective instrument for challenging Cold War orthodoxies at home and abroad. Because printed materials were relatively easy to transport, to copy, and to share, they could just as well be used to bridge differences among people and cultures as to exploit them. They also provided a vehicle for disseminating satire and other expressions of dissent. In addition to the volume editors, contributors include Ed Brunner, Russell Cobb, Laura Jane Gifford, Patricia Hills, Christian Kanig, Scott Laderman, Amanda Laugesen, Martin Manning, Kristin Matthews, Hiromi Ochi, Amy Reddinger, and James Smith. Together their essays move beyond traditional Cold War narratives to gauge the role of a crucial cultural medium in the ideological battle between the superpowers and their surrogates. Gregory Barnhisel and Catherine Turner Gregory Barnhisel and Catherine Turner

Preservation in Libraries

A Reader

Author: Ross Harvey

Publisher: K G Saur Verlag Gmbh & Company

ISBN: 9780862916084

Category: Reference

Page: 483

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Providing a single point of access to the pert knowledge, theories & experience throughout the library & information science world, this international selection of writings was chosen for its power to amplify & illustrate preservation policy. Readings range from fire recovery at the USSR Library of the Academy of Sciences to preservation education in U.S. library schools, & reveal how preventative aspects of preservation can be integrated into daily management. (TOPICS IN LIBRARY & INFORMATION STUDIES)

Libraries and Learning Resource Centres

Author: Brian Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1856176193

Category: Architecture

Page: 270

View: 5277

Examines the role and design of library buildings. This text provides critical evaluations of international case studies that demonstrate the principles of library design. It focuses on the important question of access and design in public libraries. It includes technical data in relation to building standards for the professional architect.