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, MLS, JD, MEd, is a professor at the College of Information Studies and codirector of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture program at the University of Maryland. He studies the impacts of law and policy on information access, accessibility, and literacy, with a primary focus on human rights and civil rights. He is the author of about 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as twenty books. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. He is coeditor of Library Quarterly. In 2014 he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award. A 2019 study published in Public Library Quarterly named him one of the two most influential scholars of public library research in the past thirty-five years (it was a tie).

Natalie Greene Taylor

Natalie Greene Taylor, PhD, MLS, is an associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the School of Information of the University of South Florida. Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on youth information literacy, information intermediaries, and information policy as it affects youth information access. She has published articles in more than two dozen scholarly journals, her research has appeared in American Libraries and other professional journals, and she has coauthored five books: Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library; Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion; Foundations of Information Policy; Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy: Confronting Polarization, Misinformation, and Suppression; and Foundations of Information Literacy. She is coeditor of Library Quarterly.

"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

"Includes a list of frequently used acronyms, an index, and separate endnotes, and 'questions to consider' after each chapter aim to make the text user-friendly. The posed questions not only serve as reviews of each chapter, but can also alert readers to important points to look for if consulted prior to reading the chapters ... While directed primarily at information specialists (i.e., librarians), this work is undoubtedly appropriate as well for archivists, making it an important entry into the ongoing discussions of best practices and policies for knowledge managers."
— Archival Issues

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