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ERIC Number: ED187323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Library Legislation.
Kavass, Igor
Examination of several library legislation models developed to meet the needs of developed and developing nations reveals that our traditional notion of the library's role in society must be abandoned if we wish to reconcile its benefits to its costs. Four models currently exist: many nations, particularly Asian, have no legislation; most nations, including the United States, have multi-tiered systems in which legislation is basically permissive; in others, most notably Scandinavian, library legislation is of a mandatory nature and centrally administered; and finally, the socialist countries have a unitary library system governed by a central board. Despite these differences, all systems show a trend toward increased centralization. In many countries it is felt that the volume of law is outpacing society's ability to absorb it, and the resulting financial and social costs outweigh the benefits. What is needed for libraries now is a narrower concept of service, with library services freely subject to the laws of supply and demand. Legislation, if needed at all, should be of a permissive rather than a restrictive nature. (RAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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. Portions of the original are of poor reproducibility quality.