Foundations of Information Policy

Oct 2019 | 232pp

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Foundations of Information Policy


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 library users 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 familiarise 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
prepare readers to turn their growing understanding of information policy into action, through activism, advocacy, and education.
Readership: 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 Contents


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 PhD JD is Professor, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Co-Director of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. He is the author of more than 180 journal articles and book chapters. Dr Jaeger is an editor of Library Quarterly, the editor of Advances in Librarianship, and an associate editor of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion. In 2014, he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

Natalie Greene Taylor PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. She is an editor of Library Quarterly. She has 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 coedited Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice.

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