The Politics of Libraries and Librarianship

The Politics of Libraries and Librarianship
Author: Kerry Smith
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2008-09-30
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781780631394

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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. 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

The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship

The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship
Author: Karen P. Nicholson,Maura Seale
Publsiher: Library Juice Press
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2018
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1634000307

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This book features original research, reflective essays and conversations, and dialogues that consider the relationships between theory, practice, and critical librarianship through the lenses of the histories of librarianship, intellectual and activist communities, professional practices, and underexplored epistemologies and ways of knowing.

Critical Librarianship

Critical Librarianship
Author: Samantha Schmehl Hines,David Ketchum
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-08-17
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9781839094842

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This book offers a timely mix of thought-provoking chapters bringing together national and global studies on critical librarianship, and conveying the kind of research which current library managers and researchers need, mixing theory with a good dose of pragmatism.

The Politics of Professionalism

The Politics of Professionalism
Author: Juris Dilevko
Publsiher: Library Juice Press, LLC
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2014-05-14
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9781936117307

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"An alternative proposal for the education of librarians, emphasizing general knowledge and intellectual rigor and discouraging careerism"--Provided by publisher.

Public Libraries Public Policies and Political Processes

Public Libraries  Public Policies  and Political Processes
Author: Paul T. Jaeger,Ursula Gorham,John Carlo Bertot,Lindsay C. Sarin
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2014-04-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781442233478

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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.

The Politics of Public Librarianship

The Politics of Public Librarianship
Author: David Shavit
Publsiher: Praeger
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1986-10-16
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9780313248160

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Public librarians do not usually see themselves as politicians. However, as decision-makers in an institutional setting, affected by a variety of pressures and conflicting interests, they are involved in politics in both the broad and narrow sense. Moreover, recent developments in the public library system have brought the librarian directly into the political sphere. Professor Shavit's study, the first major work on the subject in over 35 years, fills a major gap in scholarship on the public library in the political process and provides a detailed survey of the political context in which the modern library functions.

Responsible Librarianship

Responsible Librarianship
Author: David Bade
Publsiher: Library Juice Press, LLC
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2014-05-14
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9781936117253

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These papers examine library policies and organizational structures in light of the literature of ergonomics, high reliability organizations, joint cognitive systems and integrational linguistics. Bade argues that many policies and structures have been designed and implemented on the basis of assumptions about technical possibilities, ignoring entirely the political dimensions of local determination of goals and purposes as well as the lessons from ergonomics, such as the recognition that people are the primary agents of reliability in all technical systems. Because libraries are understood to be loci of human interaction and communication rather than purely technical systems at the disposal of an abstract user, Bade insists on looking at problems of meaning and communication in the construction and use of the library catalog. Looking at various policies for metadata creation and the results of those policies forces the question: is there a responsible human being behind the library web site and catalog, or have we abandoned the responsibilities of thinking and judgment in favor of procedures, algorithms and machines?

Progressive Librarianship

Progressive Librarianship
Author: Durrani, Shiraz
Publsiher: Vita Books
Total Pages: 446
Release: 2016-11-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781869886202

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Public spending is under threat and public libraries are suffering. At a time when libraries can play a critical role in supporting people facing difficult economic and social situations, the dominant conservative model of librarianship has nothing meaningful to say about the role and relevance of libraries. It offers more of the same, but no qualitative change so necessary today. It continues to maintain the myth that there is no alternative to its own policies and practices. There is thus an urgent need to alternative ideas and practices to address people’s needs. The progressive librarianship movement is taking up this challenge. It has also been active in Kenya and Britain but its work is not widely know. The Kenyan movement differed from the others in that it grew within the underground political movement in the 1980s - the December Twelve Movement/Mwakenya. Using original documents, this book records this hidden history. In the process, it examines key concepts such as the role of libraries and the relevance of service. Linking library work with the wider social and political concerns, the book explores issues such as politics of information, the role of activism and “neutrality” in library work. It offers an alternative approach to librarianship, to the training of librarians and to organisational change to make libraries more relevant to people’s lives.