ERIC Number: EJ1018519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Democracy, Neutrality, and Value Demonstration in the Age of Austerity
Jaeger, Paul T.; Gorham, Ursula; Bertot, John Carlo; Sarin, Lindsay C.
Library Quarterly, v83 n4 p368-382 Oct 2013
This Libraries and Policy essay explores the interrelationships between the public library goals of supporting democracy and remaining an apolitical institution and the expectations for demonstration of value and economic contribution at a time in which public discourse emphasizes austerity from public institutions. Libraries' positions on democracy and neutrality are explored within the context of the tension between asserting value and demonstrating it, as well as the impacts of these positions on the ability to advocate for library value in political and policy-making processes. Building upon these analyses, we examine different ways that libraries can use research to advocate and demonstrate their value by framing the terms of value and austerity in language that acknowledges the tangible and intangible contributions of public libraries.
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Democracy, Advocacy, Library Role, Political Attitudes, Politics
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