Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Policy: Empowering School Libraries

Academic journal article School Libraries Worldwide

Policy: Empowering School Libraries

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It could be argued that robust information policy underpins effective information practice and that it is, therefore, a suitable topic for investigation. Indeed this was the premise taken by the organizers of the Open Session conducted by the IFLA Section of School Libraries and Resource Centers at the IFLA conference in Oslo in August 2005. It was the success of this open session that led to the idea of making information policy the theme of this issue of School Libraries Worldwide. Originally, Anne Clyde, the then Chair of the IFLA Section of School Libraries and Resource Centers, was invited to edit the theme issue. Following her tragic and untimely death, the Editor asked me to step into the breach, a task I was delighted to take up.

Readers who are familiar with the literature on information policy as it relates to libraries will be well aware that the profession has long held the position that information policy is important. It is somewhat surprising that this topic has not been fruitful ground for research and that even the professional literature on the topic is rather threadbare. This issue, therefore, addresses this issue.

The first article, by Pru Mitchell, examines the Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians and their effect on school librarians in Australia. This document was developed by the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Both organizations have a strong history of developing policy documents. Mitchell tells the story that lies behind policy development. …

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