ERIC Number: EJ875890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The USA PATRIOT Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and Information Policy Research in Libraries: Issues, Impacts, and Questions for Libraries and Researchers
Jaeger, Paul T.; McClure, Charles R.; Bertot, John Carlo; Snead, John T.
Library Quarterly, v74 n2 p99-121 Apr 2004
While the USA PATRIOT Act has altered how certain types of federal intelligence investigations affect libraries, the act also greatly alters how researchers can study information policy issues related to libraries. To date, the gravity and scope of the act's implications for researchers of library services, resources, operations, and policies have not been discussed widely. Researchers now must account for questions they cannot ask, or may not be able to ask, during the course of information policy research related to libraries. This article examines how the multiple impacts of the USA PATRIOT Act on libraries extend to researchers of library services, resources, operations, and policies, placing the current situation in historical context. These limitations, in turn, affect all libraries, as the findings of information policy research often have serious implications for the functions of libraries. This article discusses the myriad issues and research questions created by the USA PATRIOT Act for researchers, as well as the potential implications of these questions.
Descriptors: Federal Government, Intelligence, Investigations, Context Effect, Libraries, Researchers, Library Services, Library Policy
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