Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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)

Readership

Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

List of figures, tables and case studies

About the authors

Chapter 1: Libraries, society and social responsibility

Introduction

Future environment

Technology push

Equity and equality of access

Education and digital literacy

Library as physical space

Value and impact

Re-thinking the library

Re-thinking librarianship

Conclusion

Chapter 2: I wouldn’t start from here … provision and use of UK libraries

Introduction

Library provision

Library use

Trends over time

The wider world

The wider context

Conclusion

Chapter 3: From people flows to knowledge flows

Introduction: a brief review of People Flows

The People Flows conclusions

Today’s learning context

Working out alternatives

Collaboration for access

Knowledge flows – the lifelong library

Library evolution in uncertain times

Conclusion: how might this happen?

Chapter 4: Scholarly communication and access to research outputs

Introduction

Journal prices

Academic library journal provision

Electronic information

Issues of access

Library access for external users

Open access

Open access journals

Self-archiving

Mandated deposit

Impact on libraries

Conclusion

Chapter 5: Free and equal access: a conundrum for the information society

Introduction

Free libraries – for those who can afford them

The price of free goods

Freedom of access: rights and limits

Access: equity and equality

Conclusion

Chapter 6: The more they change, the more they stay the same: public libraries and social inclusion

Introduction

What problem?

What has c

Details

No. of pages:
472
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780632636
Print ISBN:
9781843341314

About the editors

Wendy Evans

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.

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.

Reviews

It is a must read for thinking librarians, library scholars and policy makers., The Library Herald