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Libraries and Public Perception - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843347446, 9781780634258

Libraries and Public Perception

1st Edition

A Comparative Analysis of the European Press

Author: Anna Galluzzi
Paperback ISBN: 9781843347446
eBook ISBN: 9781780634258
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 18th August 2014
Page Count: 150
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Table of Contents

  • List of figures
  • About the author
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1: Wondering about the future of libraries
    • Abstract
    • The debate among scientists and professionals
    • The current situation
    • Why this book? Why now?
  • 2: Measuring the value of libraries
    • Abstract
    • The methods to assess the social and economic impact of libraries
    • An alternative method: the analysis of the press
    • Scope and methodology of the research
  • 3: Libraries in the newspapers
    • Abstract
    • Are libraries a ‘hot’ topic?
    • Emerging issues and general perception
    • Synthesis of the quantitative analysis
    • Stories and threads
  • 4: Contemporary challenges and public perception
    • Abstract
    • Looking from the inside and outside
    • Libraries and knowledge
    • Libraries and welfare
    • Libraries and the digital revolution: impact on libraries and public perception
  • 5: Which library model from the newspapers: a synthesis
    • Abstract
    • Threats and opportunities for future libraries
    • Recommendations to librarians
  • References
  • Index


What is the future of libraries? This question is frequently posed, with widespread research into the social and economic impact of libraries. Newspapers play an important role in forming public perceptions, but how do newspapers present libraries, their past, present and future? Nobody has yet taken the press to task on the quantity and quality of articles on libraries, however Libraries and Public Perception does just this, through comparative textual analysis of newspapers in Europe. After a comprehensive and useful introductory chapter, the book consists of the following five chapters: Wondering about the future of libraries; Measuring the value of libraries; Libraries in the newspapers; Contemporary challenges and public perception; Which library model from the newspapers: a synthesis.

Key Features

  • Provides an alternative means to evaluate the impact of libraries
  • Compares different countries and societies regarding their representation of libraries
  • Pursues its subject through active research, rather than self reflection


Information and communication science researchers and students, Librarians making advocacy and Politicians and local governments planning their library services


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"...interesting reading for anyone seeking an evidence-based understanding of the public perception of libraries." --Australian Library Journal

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About the Author

Anna Galluzzi

Anna Galluzzi

Anna Galluzzi graduated from the University of Tuscia in Viterbo in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Specialization for Archivists and Librarians, in 1997. She then went on to receive a Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Rome “La Sapienza, a Master (MSc) in Management of Library and Information Services at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales, and a PhD in Library Science at the University of Udine.

Since 2003, she has been working as Parliamentary Administrator and Librarian at the Senate Library in Rome. Prior to that, she was contract professor in Library and Information Science and Library Management at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, as well as teacher in professional classes and speaker at many national and international conferences.

In addition to numerous articles and papers, she is the author of the following books: La valutazione delle biblioteche pubbliche. Dati e metodologie delle indagini in Italia. Firenze, Olschki, 1999; Biblioteche e cooperazione. Modelli, strumenti, esperienze in Italia. Milano: Editrice Bibliografica, 2004; Biblioteche per la città. Nuove prospettive di un servizio pubblico. Roma: Carocci, 2009; and Libraries and public perception. A comparative analysis of the European Press. Elsevier, Chandos Publishing, 2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biblioteca del Senato, Italy