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The place of Public Libraries in our communities

Special issue call for papers from Library Management

Submission deadline: 15th March, 2020

Special issue editor:

Pentti Vattulainen
Member of the Library Management Editorial Advisory Board
[email protected]

Overview of Special Issue 
Public libraries world-wide, large and small, in a variety of societies, at different levels of development and funding and resources aim to provide conditions for lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development for the individual and for social groups (IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto, 1994).
Public libraries offer materials and services in a traditional way (print), but during recent decades digital services have become more and more important. As technology develops, libraries are providing new services for their communities. They are gateways to the digital world by providing access to the internet. They  not only offer computers for general use, but also digital education for many different purposes that benefit their society.  They do, however, lack the resources to access specialised publishing literature in digital form.
Public libraries are central to our communities. These roles are getting stronger but it is not always possible to convince the people directing the purse strings.  Software providing analytics of use in both the physical and internet worlds, are assisting to demonstrate the power of the library, say, as opposed to the drawing power of football games and shopping centres.  This, of course, is evolving the relationship of the public library to its community and power bases. How do our practitioners change their management to meet these challenges now and into the future?

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

•    The role of public libraries in our communities
•    How libraries have adapted in the changing environment 
•    Challenges in funding and resources
•    New media: what values do libraries provide as opposed to, for example, Google 
•    The fight against fake news
•    Reading is diminishing (for example in some countries boys do not read as much as they used to, they play)
•    We are interested in how libraries promote the knowledge based society and public use of information technology through public libraries
•    How communities defend libraries in difficult times (diminishing funding, cuts in resources, plans to close branch libraries etc.)
•    Study of the ways that public libraries provide unique value to their communities in terms of; equality, responsibility, community and freedom of expression.

Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is: 15th March 2020

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Contact the Guest Editor:

Pentti Vattulainen
Member of the Library Management Editorial Advisory Board
[email protected]