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Living in the real world: a decade of progressive librarianship in the U.S.A. and ininternational library organizations

Al Kagan


Debate about the role of libraries in society involves fundamental questions about professional ideology. The history of the ALA is reviewed in the context of political engagement with social responsibility issues. The role of the SRRT is highlighted, describing its programmes, demonstrations and reaction to conservatism. The ALA's call for a ‘One Voice' approach is examined with reference to South Africa. Other organizations analysed are the PLG; the so far still-born Progressive Librarians Around the World; and IFLA. The last is considered in terms of its weak responses towards apartheid South Africa, Turkey and Israel with the hope that more representative and less conservative attitudes will eventually characterise it.

Innovation No.22 2004: 10-19