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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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The more they change, the more they stay the same: public libraries and social inclusion

John Dolan and Ayub Khan

Introduction

In 1981, the Association of Assistant Librarians published Patricia Coleman’s Whose Problem? The Public Library and the Disadvantaged. There was an outcry. Whose Problem? followed an earlier report of the Library Advisory Council (England), The Libraries’ Choice (Library Advisory Council, 1978), and Coleman’s secondment to the British Library’s Research and Development Department from April 1979 to March 1980 as Research Officer in Library Services for Disadvantaged Groups. ‘What I have done is to look at developments in the light of what I know from my own experience … I have also sought to illustrate those areas ...

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