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BiS: the formation and development of a left-wing library society in Sweden

Lennart Wettmark


The history of BiS in Sweden is traced from its formation in 1969 to the present with an emphasis upon the early years. The catalyst was a perceived lack of freedom of expression which impinged upon libraries with regard, for example, to selection policies. BiS reflected the generation gap of the 1970s and the relationship with SAB, the established organisation, is described. BiS was noted for its promotion of egalitarianism. It advanced alternative, Left wing approaches that recognised social responsibility. One of its concerns was the fate of libraries in apartheid South Africa. The overall history of BiS reflects a high level of personal commitment which prompts a concluding query as to whether the organisation will survive.

Innovation No.22 2004: 20-24