Public libraries, social class and social justice

Pateman, John (2011) Public libraries, social class and social justice. Information, society and justice journal, 4 (2). pp. 57-70. ISSN 1756-1078

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Abstract / Description

Libraries must be relevant to the needs of local communities which are becoming more diverse and multicultural. In this paper I will examine the link between inequality, social class and the use of public libraries. I will also build on ground breaking research in the UK - Open to All? The Public Library & Social Exclusion (Muddiman et al, 2000) - and cutting edge good practice in Canada via the Working Together Project (2004-2008). I will outline the practical steps which are required to develop needs-based and community-led library services.My overall theme is Public Libraries & Social Justice (Pateman & Vincent, 2010) and I will explore some of the challenges and barriers to creating socially inclusive libraries and how these can be overcome. I will provide a blue print and a road map for producing strategies, structures, systems and cultures which enable local communities to be fully involved and engaged in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of their library services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, society and justice journal; public libraries; social class; social justice
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 11:52
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 15:41


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