Regulating use of the internet in public libraries: a review

Spacey, Rachel, Cooke, Louise, Muir, Adrienne and Creaser, Claire (2013) Regulating use of the internet in public libraries: a review. Journal of Documentation, 70 (3). pp. 478-497. ISSN 0022-0418

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The purpose of this paper is to review current knowledge, research and thinking about the difficulties facing public libraries offering internet access to their users in ensuring legally compliant and non-offensive use of this facility whilst still adhering to the professional value of freedom of access to information. A range of recently published sources (1997-2013) relating to the technical and organisational measures used to manage public internet access primarily in public libraries in the UK with some limited international examples were reviewed and analysed. This work
was undertaken as the underpinning research for an AHRC-funded project, MAIPLE (Managing Access to the internet in Public Libraries).

Keywords:public libraries, internet governance, internet access, ethics
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P121 Library studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P110 Information Management
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2014 07:57

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