Libraries And Democracy

Libraries And Democracy

by Nancy Kranich
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Libraries And Democracy

Re-assessing (and re-affirming) the library's role in the advancing of democratic values, this book considers the challenges libraries face, especially those posed by new technologies. Twenty essays recall the historical and theoretical role of libraries in democratic societies and examine issues like poverty, information literacy, internet access, ethics and power, censorship, democracy, the role of the Library of Congress, the right to information, and the place of advocacy. Contributors are librarians, archivists, consultants, and scholars of library science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838908082
Publisher: ALA Editions
Publication date: 09/05/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

I.Historic and Theoretical Overview of the Role of Libraries and Democracy
Reconsidering Arsenals of a Democratic Culture: Balancing Symbol and Practice3
Imagining Fairness: Equality and Equity of Access in Search of Democracy15
Poverty, Democracy, and Public Libraries28
II.Libraries and Civil Society
Libraries and Civil Society49
Civic Librarianship60
Information Literacy for the Twenty-First-Century Citizen70
III.Libraries, Technology, and Democracy
Libraries, the Internet, and Democracy83
The Library Internet Access Controversy and Democracy96
Libraries, the New Media, and the Political Process108
Sex, Democracy, and Videotape113
IV.Libraries Supporting Democratic Information Policy
In Support of Democracy: The Library Role in Public Access to Government Information121
Information Ethics and Government Power: From the White House E-Mail to the Stasi Files129
Libraries: Where the First Amendment Lives140
The First Amendment, Libraries, and Democracy146
Copyright and Democracy: Its Implications for the Public's Right to Know155
V.The Library of Congress and Democracy
The Library of Congress and the Democratic Spirit169
The Library of Congress and the Widening Horizons of Democracy Building183
VI.Library Advocacy for Democracy
Advocating for America's Right to Know197
Advocacy for Democracy I: The Role of the American Library Association203
Advocacy for Democracy II: The Role of the Swedish Library Association208

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