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Library Association Defintion
The following definition was written by Gwenda Thomas.
Library and information associations are voluntary membership-based organisations that are private, legally-incorporated entities, with a public-benefit purpose. The members of a library association represent a wide range of collective interests across all sectors of society including business, academia, government, education, non-governmental organisations and individuals. The library association, together with its membership constitutes a formal and important component of civil society in a country.
Library associations can be large or small; they can represent specific professional groupings, or a type of library. Some library associations have full-time paid staff, while others are run by volunteers. In both cases staff possess a wide range of expertise and experience. Library associations across the globe share a number of characteristics including:
- access to professional expertise across a range of sectors;
- a direct channel of communication between every member and the association through print and electronic media;
- advocacy of the library and information sector;
- authoritative policy advice to government and other agencies;
- the development and networking of members through the structures of the organisation (branches, interest groups, steering committees, etc) that deal with critical and pertinent library-related issues;
A library association exists by virtue of its members who choose to belong because they wish to contribute to the growth and development of the library and information sector within their country. Library associations operate in almost every country around the world.
Source: Gwenda Thomas, Executive Director of Library & Information System of South Africa, 2003 <http://www.fs.gov.za/Departments/SAC/Library/apr-jun2003_library_associations.htm>.
The following is a list of some active library associations.
- International Federation of Library Associations
- Library & Information System of South Africa
- Ontario Library Association: Canada
- Library Networking Group is an online meeting space for libraries and the information profession.
- David Spencer's Blog About Libraries
Why Do We Need A Library?
- The Case for Maintaining and Supporting School Libraries by Dr. Don A. Klinger, Queen’s University and Kathryn Blackett, People for Education.
Two recent major studies have examined the conditions in Canada’s school libraries: Ken Haycock’s The Crisis in Canada’s School Libraries (2003) and Canadian School Libraries and Teacher-Librarians by David Coish (2005). Both show ample evidence that after nearly two decades of federal and provincial cuts to education funding, libraries once seen as integral to schools, have come to be considered increasingly peripheral and susceptible to funding cuts. "The Case for Maintaining and Supporting School Libraries" in PDF