Foundations of Information Policy

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Foreword by Alan S. Inouye; Afterword by Nancy Kranich

The first of its kind, this important new text provides a much-needed introduction to the myriad information policy issues that impact information professionals, information institutions, and the patrons and communities served by those institutions. In this key textbook for LIS students and reference text for practitioners, noted scholars Jaeger and Taylor

  • draw from current, authoritative sources to familiarize readers with the history of information policy;
  • discuss the broader societal issues shaped by policy, including access to infrastructure, digital literacy and inclusion, accessibility, and security;
  • elucidate the specific laws, regulations, and policies that impact information, including net neutrality, filtering, privacy, openness, and much more;
  • use case studies from a range of institutions to examine the issues, bolstered by discussion questions that encourage readers to delve more deeply;
  • explore the intersections of information policy with human rights, civil rights, and professional ethics; and
  • prepare readers to turn their growing understanding of information policy into action, through activism, advocacy, and education.

This book will help future and current information professionals better understand the impacts of information policy on their activities, improving their ability to serve as effective advocates on behalf of their institutions, patrons, and communities.

Table of Acronyms
Foreword by Alan S. Inouye

Chapter 1    Searching for Information (Policy)
Chapter 2    What Is Information Policy?
Chapter 3    Sources of Information Policy
Chapter 4    Why Study Information Policy?
Chapter 5    The Development of Information Policy
Chapter 6    Types of Laws, Policies, and Regulations Impacting Information: Access, Infrastructure, and Management
Chapter 7    Types of Laws, Policies, and Regulations Impacting Information: Access, Rights, and Responsibilities
Chapter 8    Information Policy, Information Professions, and Information Institutions
Chapter 9    The Broader Context of Information Policy
Chapter 10    Advocacy and Activism in the Information Professions
Chapter 11    The Future of Information Policy

Afterword: Adventures in Information Policy Wonderland, by Nancy Kranich
About the Authors

Paul T. Jaeger

Paul T. Jaeger, PhD, JD, is Professor and Director of the Master of Library Science program of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters, as well as several books.

Natalie Greene Taylor

Natalie Greene Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on young people’s access to information. More specifically, she studies youth information behavior, information intermediaries, and information policy as it affects youth information access. She is an editor of Library Quarterly and has published articles in Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity, Information Retrieval Journal, International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, Journal of Documentation, Journal of Information Science, and Public Library Quarterly, among others. She has also co-authored two books: Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion, and co-edited the book Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice.

"The most comprehensive consideration of laws, policies, and regulations targeted for library professionals to date. This unique text is certainly required reading for all library school students and an essential handbook for all librarians."
— Catholic Library World

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