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Foundations of Information Policy



Foreword by Alan S. Inouye; Afterword by Nancy Kranich

This important new text provides a much-needed introduction to the myriad information policy issues that impact information professionals, information institutions, and the users and communities served by those institutions. In this key textbook for LIS students and reference text for practitioners, noted scholars Jaeger and Taylor

  • draw from current, authoritative sources to familiarize readers with the history of information policy;
  • discuss the broader societal issues shaped by policy, including access to infrastructure, digital literacy and inclusion, accessibility, and security;
  • elucidate the specific laws, regulations, and policies that impact information, including net neutrality, filtering, privacy, openness, and much more;
  • use case studies from a range of institutions to examine the issues, bolstered by discussion questions that encourage readers to delve more deeply;
  • explore the intersections of information policy with human rights, civil rights, and professional ethics; and
  • prepare readers to turn their growing understanding of information policy into action, through activism, advocacy, and education.

This book will help future and current information professionals better understand the impacts of information policy on their activities, improving their ability to serve as effective advocates on behalf of their institutions, patrons, and communities.

Table of Acronyms
Foreword by Alan S. Inouye

  1. Searching for Information (Policy)
  2. What Is Information Policy?
  3. Sources of Information Policy
  4. Why Study Information Policy?
  5. The Development of Information Policy
  6. Types of Laws, Policies, and Regulations Impacting Information: Access, Infrastructure, and Management
  7. Types of Laws, Policies, and Regulations Impacting Information: Access, Rights, and Responsibilities
  8. Information Policy, Information Professions, and Information Institutions
  9. The Broader Context of Information Policy
  10. Advocacy and Activism in the Information Professions
  11. The Future of Information Policy

Afterword: Adventures in Information Policy Wonderland, by Nancy Kranich
About the Authors

Natalie Greene Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on young people's access to information. More specifically, she studies youth information behavior, information intermediaries, and information policy as it affects youth information access. She is an editor of Library Quarterly and has published articles in Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity, Information Retrieval Journal, International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, Journal of Documentation, Journal of Information Science, and Public Library Quarterly, among others. She has also co-authored two books:Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion, and co-edited the book Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice.

'The authors present the history of information policies and the context in which they exist, and highlight core policy areas such as data protection, privacy, consent, freedom of information, cybersecurity, as well as overall national information infrastructure... Plenty of examples and aims to stimulate reflective thinking'
- Information Professional

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