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Progressive librarianship in a postmodern world: a prospective view from Australia

Jennifer Cram


Some fundamental changes in approach are required in order to achieve in the 21st century the social outcomes envisioned by 20th century progressive librarians. The Australian context is used to highlight issues as seen from the viewpoint of a society coming to terms with the perceived insolubility of social problems. The inter-relationship between stakeholder perspectives and accountability is examined. Systemic changes needed in libraries to ensure that they have the capability to be internationally competitive and therefore the capacity to be socially responsible are explored. Methodologies, designed to force some cognitive rigour and provide cognitive frameworks, are suggested for strategic design and delivery of library services in a global environment.

Innovation No.22 2004: 35-41