Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

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Articles from Vol. 10, No. 4, December

'Catalogue of Catastrophe': A Public Librarian Responds
2020 Vision has achieved a positive outcome -- a public library user is speaking out about the 'serious threats and difficulties that face our libraries and their librarians'. I am responding to the issues raised by Mr Page on the basis of my experience...
Editorial.More on Reports
The September issue of Aplis carried Terence Page's 'Catalogue of catastrophe' which first appeared in The Weekend Australian 23-24 August 1997. I think it was Warren Horton, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, who observed that...
From Forward Plan to Business Plan: Strategic Planning in Public Libraries
Abstract Planning in public libraries has been an evolutionary process. This case study follows the planning process in two Victorian regional library services, and the changes that have occurred over the past ten years. Forward plans are giving way...
Libraries and Learning: A Partnership for Life
Abstract: This paper was prepared for consideration by the Council of Australian State Libraries to promote partnerships between the library and education sectors. Such partnerships were discussed by representatives of the three spheres of government...
Purchase of Internet Blocking Software by Public Libraries Is Unconstitutional: A Briefing Paper
Abstract A summary of the legal precedents establishing that the installation of internet blocking software by US public libraries is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. It is contended that the blocking of a web site is analogous to the removal...
Reengineering Library Services for the Digital Age
Abstract The digital age has changed the face of libraries forever and libraries must continue to change if they are to remain viable and respected institutions. The challenge is finding the balance between conservatism and technophilia Charles Robinson...
Rural Social Equity and School Housed Public Libraries
Abstract: An examination of the potential of the school housed public library to address information and library needs of rural people by using technology whilst also providing a centre for social and cultural development. Edited version of a paper...
The Implementation and Outcomes of the North Coast Internet Pilot Project
Abstract: A description of a 1996 pilot project in Queensland to enable libraries involved to gain experience in using and providing a public internet service. The project also aimed to provide information for the State Library of Queensland about...
Vision or Nightmare?
Abstract: A commentary on the report '2020 Vision: towards the libraries of the future' which concludes that it is a shallow document, largely lacking new insights into, or challenging discussion of the future of public libraries in Australia. The...
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