Information Policies and Strategies

Information Policies and Strategies

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All librarians and libraries have information policies, and so do most people. The big issues, like censorship, intellectual property, freedom of information, privacy and data protection, crowd our minds, but the process of decision making is the same at every level and in every context, whether we are concerned with government secrets, advertising standards or our children's reading and viewing habits.
This book examines the issues from varying standpoints, including the human rights approach, the commercial approach, and the states-interest approach. These are all placed within the context of arguments about the public sphere. The working librarian has to be in a position to justify every stock purchase and information access decision, and in the strategies they follow to legitimate the library. The discussion of issues in this book will give librarians the context and arguments they need to identify and apply appropriate information policies and strategies.
The key areas covered are:

contexts for information policy
globalization and information societies
information rights and information policy
information policy sectors.

Readership: This book is essential reading for library students, researchers and policy makers as well as for all LIS practitioners wishing to widen their awareness of the important issues surrounding information policy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 184 x 234 x 13mm | 151g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 185604677X
  • 9781856046770
  • 878,118

Table of contents

1. Introduction

How governments control information policies
Other bodies that generate and control information
Information policy as about any means by which the generation, distribution, and use of information is regulated
What non-governmental agencies do within the realm of information policy
Information policy must provide for different sorts of needs
Information policy, public policy and other disciplines


Understanding the international contexts
Globalization and technology

2. Globalization and information societies

Information societies and information policy
The information society: alternative views

3. Information policy and the public sphere

The idea of a public sphere
The structure of the public sphere
The character of the public sphere
Epilogue to Chapter 3

4. Information rights and information policy

The rights of government
The interests of business
Common good
Ann Wells Branscomb's information rights
Internationally recognized rights

5. Censorship, freedom of speech and freedom of expression

Powers of intervention
Other forms of censorship
The history of censoring
Making arguments for free speech

6. Arguments for protecting speech

Cohen's analysis of freedom of speech
Implications of Cohen's strategy
Structural strengths

7. Privacy and data protection

The need for legislation
Problems of power
General questions
Putting principles into effect

8. Freedom of information

Confronting governments
Building commitment
Constructing the case
Questions of model building
Competing principles and pressures

9. Intellectual property

The market reward system
Recognized types of intellectual property
Policy analysis questions
Rules and practices
Copies and originals
Policy responses

10. Final considerations

Information policies in non-democratic societies
Non-state information policy
Policy formation
Outcomes: desires, intentions and objectives
Do we really need information policies?

References and reading list
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"I would recommend the book to most of the academic libraries as long as they have any programme in political, social science or humanities." - Information Research "I would recommend the book to most of the academic libraries as long as they have any programme in political, social science or humanities." -- Information Research
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About Ian Cornelius

Ian Cornelius BA MLitt PhD is a Senior Lecturer and former Head of School for University College Dublin's School of Information and Library Studies. He has held academic posts in Australia and in Columbia University, New York, and has been a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Social and Political Science at the European University Institute in Florence. He is also an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Information Studies, University College London.
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