Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter

 

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dc.contributor.author Hart, Genevieve
dc.contributor.author Nassimbeni, Mary
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-12T13:33:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-12T13:33:01Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Hart, G., & Nassimbeni, M. (2016). Libraries and a" Better Life for All": The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter. Library Trends, 65(2), 198-216. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0024-2594 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22623
dc.description.abstract The rhetoric of public librarianship includes many ringing claims for the role of libraries in democracy; and, on the twenty-first anniversary of democracy in South Africa, it is an opportune moment to examine the rather confusing fortunes of libraries since 1994. The library and information services (LIS) profession portrays libraries as agents of development and social transformation; yet, since 2009, more than twenty South African libraries have been destroyed in social protests. This paper reports on the work of the authors of the LIS Transformation Charter, which after a start-stop-start process of two phases over six years was delivered to the government in 2014. The paper analyzes the political and professional forces that influenced the charter-writing processes. The two fundamental arguments of the charter are that access to information, and thus to libraries, is a fundamental justiciable human right, both as a so-called freedom right and as an instrument of other economic, social, and cultural rights; and that transformation will depend on “ecosystems” thinking whereby the various subsectors collaborate to ensure seamless services and the equity of provision. The paper argues that the final LIS Transformation Charter maps a path for a transformed and integrated library system that has meaning for all sectors of South African society. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Johns Hopkins University Press en_ZA
dc.source Library Trends en_ZA
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dc.title Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.department Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Hart, G., & Nassimbeni, M. (2016). Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter. <i>Library Trends</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22623 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Hart, Genevieve, and Mary Nassimbeni "Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter." <i>Library Trends</i> (2016) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22623 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Hart G, Nassimbeni M. Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter. Library Trends. 2016; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22623. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Hart, Genevieve AU - Nassimbeni, Mary AB - The rhetoric of public librarianship includes many ringing claims for the role of libraries in democracy; and, on the twenty-first anniversary of democracy in South Africa, it is an opportune moment to examine the rather confusing fortunes of libraries since 1994. The library and information services (LIS) profession portrays libraries as agents of development and social transformation; yet, since 2009, more than twenty South African libraries have been destroyed in social protests. This paper reports on the work of the authors of the LIS Transformation Charter, which after a start-stop-start process of two phases over six years was delivered to the government in 2014. The paper analyzes the political and professional forces that influenced the charter-writing processes. The two fundamental arguments of the charter are that access to information, and thus to libraries, is a fundamental justiciable human right, both as a so-called freedom right and as an instrument of other economic, social, and cultural rights; and that transformation will depend on “ecosystems” thinking whereby the various subsectors collaborate to ensure seamless services and the equity of provision. The paper argues that the final LIS Transformation Charter maps a path for a transformed and integrated library system that has meaning for all sectors of South African society. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Library Trends LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 SM - 0024-2594 T1 - Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter TI - Libraries and a “Better Life for All”: The Politics, Processes, and Promises of the South African LIS Transformation Charter UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22623 ER - en_ZA


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