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The inclusive library: rethinking information services for the network society

Corrall, Sheila (2002) The inclusive library: rethinking information services for the network society. Library + Information Update, 1 (9). pp. 24-25. ISSN 1476 7171

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Text of the address delivered to members of the newly formed Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional (CILIP) by their inaugural president in October 2002. Discusses library and information services in the context of the wider environment, with a particular focus on the emergent concept of the ‘network society’ defined by sociologist Manuel Castells. Highlights three unmet challenges identified by Castells that are central to LIS: freedom, exclusion and education, with the expansion of information literacy as a key requirement. Reviews examples of professional achievements in this area so far; lists questions library and information professionals should ask themselves about the inclusive nature of their user base, content, services and staffing; and identifies strategic actions for CILIP related to external advocacy, internal organisation, membership structure and professional education, building on recent reports on national information policy, combating social exclusion, the knowledge-based economy and services for children and young people.


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Item Type: Article
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Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduscorrall0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: December 2002
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Library + Information Update
Volume: 1
Number: 9
Publisher: CILIP
Page Range: pp. 24-25
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: information literacy, knowledge economy, network society, partnership working, professional development, social inclusion
ISSN: 1476 7171
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Article Type: Invited Article
Additional Information: Invited President's Address, presented at CILIP Members' Day & Annual General Meeting, National Film Theatre, South Bank, Waterloo, London, UK, Thursday 24 October 2002
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 13:59
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:59


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