Monday, October 27, 2008
An Alternative View on IFLA, Human Rights, and the Social Responsibility of International Librarianship
Al Kagan. "An Alternative View on IFLA, Human Rights, and the Social Responsibility of International Librarianship." IFLA ournal 34, 3(2008): 230-237.
The publication of the fi rst book on the development of IFLA’s human rights involvement provides an opportunity to stimulate discussion about that history, with particular reference to the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) core activity. Several case studies (South Africa, Turkey, Israel/Palestine, and Cuba) are evaluated, the work of the IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group is noted, and suggestions are made for the more democratic and effective functioning of FAIFE.
Keywords: IFLA; FAIFE; human rights; social responsibility; freedom of expression.