Information for Social Change Issue 34

Information for Social Change Issue 34 now available / Call for papers

Information for Social Change 34

This issue of ISC is a general issue addressing a range of concerns and trends observed across the Library, Information and associated sectors during 2014 and eclectic coverage provided by ISC contributors on topics as varied as the origin of UK Public Libraries and unusual classification systems.

This issue comes at a time of ongoing impact caused by austerity policies in Western and European nations, including severe retrenchment and closure of library services in the UK, where community activism and protest is currently trying to avert the mass closure of libraries and other community services and facilities.

Other topics included in this issue include trends in digital and online education, the development of community-led public libraries, the rise of e-books, implications for the proliferation of virtual libraries and handheld devices and current developments for the library sector in Norway.

  • Editorial and Contributors
  • The New Independent Norwegian “Debate Libraries” – Anders Ericson
  • Developing a Community-Led Public Library – John Pateman
  • The library in your pocket: the nemesis of the Public Library? – Andrew Hudson
  • Just For Fun or How to Classify the Same – Martyn Lowe
  • Comment on the Origins of Librarianship, the Public Library & Current Trends – Paul Catherall
  • Critical Perspectives on E-Learning II – Paul Catherall
  • Definitions of E-Learning – Paul Catherall
  • E-Books and Education, some Reflections – Paul Catherall
  • Liverpool City Libraries Update – Paul Catherall & Martin Ralph
  • Not Train but Waste Flask Spotting – A Campaigning Book Review – Martyn Lowe
  • The development of an original theory of “Improvised Learning” – Paul Catherall
  • Library activism – what it ought to become – Mikael Böök
  • The Rise of Food Banks in the UK and Implications for Society, Information and Education – Paul Catherall, Sharon Catherall and John Vincent
  • Stalking Grounds (Poem) – Paul Catherall

Special ISC issue Winter 2014/15: The Changing Nature of Library Education – Call for Papers

Over the last couple of decades library school education has shifted from training about books, cataloguing and Librarianship toward aspects of Library Management. The next issue of ISC will focus upon these changes.

For this issue we would like to include: –

  • Articles from both current library school students, & those who have become qualified librarians within the last few years.
  • The changing nature of Library and Information Management education – e.g. comment on new skills or other professional demands evidenced in recent years.
  • Personal career development experiences, including challenges, barriers or insights in personal development.
  • Lifelong learning issues – i.e. was it necessary for you to re-train in the sector, are new skills supplanting practices such as cataloguing?
  • Problems or challenges related to the job market, maintaining employability in the climate of austerity or need for flexibility in the context of increasingly diverse Library and Information roles.
  • Critical perspectives on developments in Library and Information Management Education.

Contact Martyn Lowe: or Paul Catherall

Please also read our submission guidelines: