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Changing libraries: the impact of national policy on UK library services

Makin, Louise and Craven, Jenny (1999) Changing libraries: the impact of national policy on UK library services. Library management, 20 (8). pp. 425-430. ISSN 0143-5124

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Abstract

Libraries and information services are not static entities impervious to outside influences but are dynamic and may be affected by one, or a number of factors. Changes in policy, for example, may impact on library and information science and to illustrate this, three key areas have been selected. These are: the establishment of a computer network in the public library sector, the promotion of a culture of lifelong learning and the development of the hybrid library. These areas, although separate, can also be seen to be interrelated and factors which affect one sector may also impact on others. This paper considers how political, social and economic factors can be major drivers of change and thus impact on the profile of libraries so that they are recognised as a valuable resource by Government and other groups such as businesses, voluntary organisations and educational providers.

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