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Public Libraries and their National Policies by John Helling

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Introduction

Abstract:

Governments have understood the educational benefits of public libraries for quite a while, and have created policies to foster their growth. Examples are given from Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others. International bodies have also issued guidelines on standards and best practices for national public library policies. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have both issued public library policy manifestos. At the end of the introduction the scope and goals of this book are discussed.

Key words

international library organizations

international library standards

Public libraries ...

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