ERIC Number: ED185983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
National Library Associations and Their Impact on Library Legislation: An International Survey.
Fang, Josephine Riss
Librarians may most effectively promote library legislation needed to further the goals of libraries and library service through legislative lobbying activities. The legal basis for library legislation exists in the undisputed fact that libraries are agencies of learning and therefore merit the same legislative attention as schools. The most basic form of legislation provides for national libraries and library services. Legislation also establishes planning and policy making commissions, and provides financial support for facilities, materials, and professional training. Professional associations of librarians are ideally situated to promote legislative lobbying activities. In the United States, the American Library Association and the Association of American Library Schools have insured representation of library interests at the White House Conference on Library and Information Services. Legislative lobbying by professional associations in West Germany has resulted in the enactment of model library laws. Effective lobbying efforts have been reported by associations in the Philippines, Yugoslavia, Nigeria and Latin America, while direct cooperation with governmental commissions in Senegal and the Netherlands has also produced favorable actions. On the international level, a primary goal of the International Federation of Library Associations should be assistance to national associations in pursuing legislative objectives. (RAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). For related documents, see IR 008 306, IR 008 309-312, IR 008 326, IR 008 341, IR 008 352, IR 008 359, IR 008 369 and IR 008 371.