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What progressive librarians believe: an international perspective

Mark Rosenzweig


A progressive approach to librarianship involves assurance of the means of access for all to our common heritage. This is a non-negotiable element of the educational and cultural infrastructure of a democratic society. Modern technology should enable progressives to champion a democratic globalisation that contests the corporatism assumed to be the norm; and addresses the information gap between rich and poor nations as well as cultural imperialism. Partisanship of this sort is fundamental to librarianship and accepted implicitly even in the policies of bodies like the American Library Association but it requires a commitment that goes beyond words on paper.

Innovation No.22 2001: 1-5