The Politics of Libraries and Librarianship - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843343431, 9781780631394

The Politics of Libraries and Librarianship

1st Edition

Challenges and Realities

Editors: Kerry Smith
eBook ISBN: 9781780631394
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843343448
Paperback ISBN: 9781843343431
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th September 2008
Page Count: 220
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Table of Contents

Part 1 An international political framework for libraries: An international political framework for libraries; Intellectual property – benefit or burden for Africa? The CI study on copyright and access to knowledge. Part 2 Politics and funding for libraries: Some international examples: Political realities and the English public library service; Public library development in New South Wales; Libraries in the South Pacific; Staying alive in a political world: The case of libraries and information centres in Nigeria; Libraries and politics – Danish reflections and examples; The political framework for public libraries in the Netherlands. Part 3 Library education: A unified approach to the teaching of library studies; Is library course accreditation a political necessity?


This book covers aspects of the political environment which surrounds and engages libraries and their librarians. It includes anecdotes on the role of the political sphere in the business of library associations.

Key Features

  • Provides recent stories and real examples of: The various political contexts under which libraries operate
  • Why it is important to be politically aware
  • How political climates influence decision making for libraries


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…very good examples of demonstrating how copyright can hinder a productive use of information assets in developing countries., Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
…informative and well written., Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

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About the Editors

Kerry Smith Editor

Dr Kerry Smith’s research interests are mainly in science and technology information policy, specialising in the geosciences. She has been editor-in-chief of the electronic journal LIBRES (Library and Information Science Research) since 1996 and was chair of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section from 2001-2005. She has had a long involvement with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as a National Councillor and as the National President in 1997. She was awarded a Fellowship of ALIA in 2002 and her continued involvement includes the position of Chair of the ALIA Research Committee.