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The Politics of Promoting Freedom of Information and Expression in International Librarianship: The IFLA/FAIFE Project
     

The Politics of Promoting Freedom of Information and Expression in International Librarianship: The IFLA/FAIFE Project

by Alex Byrne
 

The Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) initiative took the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) outside its traditional focus on the status and techniques of the profession and postulated a new role for the Federation. FAIFE invested librarianship with a higher responsibility: to promote the

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The Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) initiative took the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) outside its traditional focus on the status and techniques of the profession and postulated a new role for the Federation. FAIFE invested librarianship with a higher responsibility: to promote the fundamental human right to information. This responsibility has been embraced as the key principle underlying and informing library and information service. This study traces the development and implementation of the FAIFE initiative by IFLA. It traces the origins of the decision to implement this initiative and assesses the outcomes of its first five years as it developed from a project into a continuing and central program of the Federation. Both the internal effects on IFLA and the consequences of the project for the profession of librarianship are explored. The Politics of Promoting Freedom of Information and Expression in International Librarianship: The IFLA/FAIFE Project offers a rare example of an international professional association in transition. In examining this project to promote unrestricted access to information as the reciprocal right of freedom of expression, the research becomes a case study of the politics of an expanding sense of professionalism.

Editorial Reviews

College & Research Libraries
[Byrne's] observations are useful and policy analysis insightful. He has opened up what hopefully will be a stream of research not only on IFLA/FAIFE but also on the policy and political dimensions of professional practice.
American Reference Books Annual
It is a very good addition to the library literature and is highly recommended.
Australian Library Journal
This is not a student textbook on freedom of information, but a seminal work for the professional. Turn off your television for a few evenings and read this book, then act with your colleagues to further the professional philosophy and actions which it highlights.

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
It is a very good addition to the library literature and is highly recommended.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
[Byrne's] observations are useful and policy analysis insightful. He has opened up what hopefully will be a stream of research not only on IFLA/FAIFE but also on the policy and political dimensions of professional practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810860179
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/03/2007
Series:
Look and Learn Series , #4
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Alex Byrne is the University Librarian and Vice President (Alumni & Development) at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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