An introduction to information policy issues

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/29/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The first book of its kind, “Foundations of Information Policy,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides a much-needed introduction to the myriad information policy issues that impact information professionals, information institutions, and the patrons and communities served by those institutions. This key textbook for LIS students and reference text for practitioners includes a foreword by Alan S. Inouye and an afterword by Nancy Kranich. Inside, noted scholars Paul T. Jaeger and Natalie Greene 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.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Jaeger, PhD, JD, is co-director of the Information Policy and Access Center and assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. An editor of Library Quarterly, her articles have appeared in such publications as Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity, and Information Retrieval Journal. 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.”

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