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Social Responsibilities Discussion Group
 

Recommendations, August 2000

Revised August 15, 2000

The IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group first met at the 1997 Copenhagen meeting under the auspices of the Section on Education and Training. The first priority has been to address the growing gap between the information rich and the information poor both between countries and within countries. All countries have information gap problems to a greater or lesser degree. Several discussion papers were developed on various subthemes, and they were presented and discussed at the 1998 Amsterdam meeting. A composite discussion paper with recommendations was presented and further discussed at the 1999 Bangkok meeting (Paper #126-72-E). The recommendations were further refined at the open session at the 2000 Jerusalem meeting. All of the discussion papers are available on the IFLANET (http://www.ifla.org/VII/dg/srdg/pubs.htm). The recommendations below are arranged in the order of the discussion papers, except Recommendations 12 and 13 which were advanced at the 1999 open forum.

Rural Library Development

  1. IFLA should develop a research program on rural library development in coordination with national library agencies. The focus should be on empowerment of local authorities to process information required by the community in comprehensible formats for diverse rural populations.
Literacy in Libraries
  1. IFLA should urge library and information schools to promote adult basic education skills as a component of their curriculums.
  2. IFLA should promote literacy training as a basic library service as advocated in the Unesco Public Library Manifesto.
Fees for Library Services
  1. IFLA should take a strong position against fees for basic services broadly construed as advocated in the Unesco Public Library Manifesto.
  2. IFLA should work with commercial information providers to establish a standard price structure for public libraries based on ability to pay.
Human Resource Development
  1. IFLA should encourage library and information science schools to adopt a socially responsible orientation, including the promotion of a strong service ethic towards all population groups.
Electronic Information Gap
  1. IFLA should promote the development of and assist in formatting local content for electronic resources.
  2. IFLA should work with appropriate national and international bodies to promote policies and develop programs that equalize access to the Internet.
North-South Library Cooperation
  1. IFLA should promote greater resource sharing between the North and South, including Southern links to the information superhighway for equitable, adequate and reliable communications for all.
  2. IFLA should research the education and training needs of Southern countries in conjunction with relevant agencies in order to facilitate the development of appropriate information infrastructures.
  3. IFLA should urge appropriate government agencies to develop policies conducive to the development of information infrastructures for equitable, adequate and reliable communications for all.
The Profession, Library Associations, and IFLA Structure
  1. IFLA should monitor and report on how various library associations are addressing information gap issues.
  2. IFLA should put the concerns of Third World librarianship at the center of its program and activities.

Working Groups, August 2000

Recommendation 1
Kalpana Dasgupta, Social Responsibilities Discussion Group, dasgupta_kalpana@hotmail.com
Barbara Ford, bford@chipublib.org

Recommendation 2
Barbara Ford, bford@chipublib.org
Marta Terry, Women's Issues Round Table, marta@fcom.uh.cu

Recommendation 3
Dr. K.C. Gorngnly, tel. 479-1381 (India)
Britt Marie Haggstrom, FAIFE, Public Libraries Section, bmha.dik@akademikerhuset.se

Recommendation 4
Kristine Abelsnes, , Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, kab@statoil.no
Alfred Kagan, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, akagan@uiuc.edu

Recommendation 5
Kristine Abelsnes, , Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, kab@statoil.no
Dennis Ocholla, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, docholla@pan.uzulu.ac.za

Recommendation 6
Dennis Ocholla, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, docholla@pan.uzulu.ac.za
Tamer Stern-Ferber, tamarst@hotmail.com
Marta Terry, Women's Issues Round Table, marta@fcom.uh.cu

Recommendation 7
Alfred Kagan, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, akagan@uiuc.edu
Elizabeth Robertson, elizabethr@mail.saimr.wits.ac.za
Marta Terry, Women's Issues Round Table, marta@fcom.uh.cu
Nel Bretney, nbretney@uwichill.edu.bb

Recommendation 8
Alfred Kagan, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, akagan@uiuc.edu
Mary Nassimbeni, mcn@education.uct.ac.za
Leena Siitonen, Women's Issues Round Table, lsiitonen@hotmail.com

Recommendation 9
Ismail Abdullahi, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, , abdull@cau.edu
Leena Siitonen, Women's Issues Round Table, lsiitonen@hotmail.com

Recommendation 10
Ismail Abdullahi, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, abdull@cau.edu
Tamer Stern-Ferber, tamarst@hotmail.com
Gary Gorman, Regional Commission for Asia and Oceania, Round Table of Library and Information
Science Journals, gary.gorman@vuw.ac.nz

Recommendation 11
Ismail Abdullahi, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, abdull@cau.edu
Bailang Comma Serema, seremabc@hotmail.com Recommendation 12
Harriet Kasow, Audio-Visual RT, mskasow@mscc.huji.ac.il
Marta Terry, Women's Issues Round Table, marta@fcom.uh.cu
Ayub Khan, ayub.khan@birmingham.gov.uk
John Harvey, Educationa nd Training Section, john.f.harvey@usa.net

Recommendation 13
Alfred Kagan, Social Responsibilites Discussion Group, akagan@uiuc.edu
Dr. Snunith Shoham, Public Libraries Section, shohas@mail.biu.ac.il
Daniel Ruiteni, University Libraries Section (Kenya)
Marta Terry, Women's Issues Round Table, marta@fcom.uh.cu
John Harvey, Educationa nd Training Section, john.f.harvey@usa.net 

Discussion Papers

Goals

For the first 2 years, primary focus will be on the theme of the growing gap between the library rich and poor both between and within countries. Subthemes will include equality of access to electronic information, rural library development, the problem of fees for service, the library's role in literacy initiatives, and North-South library cooperation. 

Action Plan

  1. Develop a concept paper on addressing the growing gap between the library rich and poor.
  2. Establish liaison with other IFLA bodies working on similar themes.
  3. Support other issues and initiatives that may arise.

Affiliation

Section on Education and Training 

Endorsements of the Formation of SRDG

Association Members

Institutional Members

Scope

The SRDG will broadly address the role of libraries in society. The group will concentrate on the following broad themes:

Minutes of Meetings