Document (#16716)

Author
Blanke, H.T.
Title
Librarianship and public culture in the age of information capitalism
Source
Journal of information ethics. 5(1996) no.2, S.54-69
Year
1996
Abstract
The escalating economic importance of information and the increasing integration of cultural spheres into the economic system are identified as key factors in the conception of information as a commodity, rather than a public good. This is now having a significant impact on government policy and on libraries, with prominent professional representatives advocating an entrepreneurial model of librarianship which contradicts traditional ideas of free and equal access to information. Such a model threatens the future of the library as a vital sphere of democratic culture. Discusses the broader trends exemplifying the current trajectory of advanced capitalism so as to proved a context for the critical interpretation of issues within librarianship
Theme
Information

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