Foundations of Information Policy

This title will be available Summer 2019. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

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$64.99
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$ 58.49
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-1802-9
Published: 
2019
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
272
Width: 
7"
Height: 
10"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, I
  • Description
  • About the Authors

Foreword by Alan 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.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Paul T. Jaeger

Paul T. Jaeger, PhD, JD, is co-director of the Information Policy and Access Center and assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

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.