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Public libraries, public policies, and political processes : serving and transforming communities in times of economic and political constraint

Author: Paul T Jaeger; Ursula Gorham; John Carlo Bertot; Lindsay C Sarin
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on two decades of original research conducted by the authors, as well as existing research about the intersection of public policy, political discourse, and public libraries, this book seeks to clarify the origins and implications of the current standing of public libraries in public policy and political discourse. It explains the complex current circumstances and offers strategies for effectively creating a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul T Jaeger; Ursula Gorham; John Carlo Bertot; Lindsay C Sarin
ISBN: 9781442233461 144223346X
OCLC Number: 866614867
Description: xviii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Politics, policies, and public libraries --
The development of public libraries as a public good in the United States --
The evolution of policies affecting public libraries in the United States --
Prevailing governance and economic ideologies --
Changes in public libraries and changes in communities --
Engagement and valuation of the public good --
Demonstrating library value and advocating for support --
The public library in the local political process.
Responsibility: Paul T. Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, John Carlo Bertot, and Lindsay C. Sarin.

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Drawing on two decades of original research conducted by the authors, as well as existing research about the intersection of public policy, political discourse, and public libraries, this book seeks to clarify the origins and implications of the current standing of public libraries in public policy and political discourse. It explains the complex current circumstances and offers strategies for effectively creating a better future for public libraries. The main message is that there is a pressing need for public librarians and other supporters of public libraries to be aware of the political process and its implications for libraries and to engage in the policy process to articulate the need for policies that support public libraries. The style is both scholarly and accessible to general readers and should be useful to students, educators, researchers, and practitioners in library and information science. It will also be useful for those engaged in areas of public policy, government, economics, and political science who are interested in the relationships between public libraries, public policy, and political processes. The book offers proposals for policy-making and political strategies that can strengthen the public library and its ability to meet the needs of individuals and communities. The discussion and analysis in the book draw upon data and real world examples including libraries' outreach to increasingly diverse service populations and efforts to meet community needs through innovative partnerships. As the intersection of politics, policy, and libraries has grown in importance and complexity in recent years, the need for a book on their interrelationships is long overdue. -- from back cover.

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