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Current Issue

No, 34, Summer/ Autumn 2014 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Issue Editors: Martyn Lowe & Paul Catherall

  • ISC34 (PDF format, file size to download: approx 500 Kilobytes/ 1/2 megabyte)

Contents and Editorial

  • 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

No, 33, Winter 2013/14 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Recent Developments in Public Services for Young People – Issue Editors: Martyn Lowe & Paul Catherall

  • Whole issue (PDF format, file size to download: approx 700 K)

Contents and Editorial

  • Editorial and Contributors
  • The Impact of “Austerity” and Deregulation on Young People’s Services in the UK – Paul Catherall
  • Academy Schools and the Anti-Academies Alliance – Paul Catherall
  • E-Learning: Some observations in 2014 – Paul Catherall
  • Engaging students and young people in campaigning – Miriam Dobson
  • Free Schools – Paul Catherall
  • Looking Back At My School Days – Martyn Lowe
  • Military activity in UK Schools – Owen Everett
  • Personal Reflections on a Comprehensive Education – Paul Catherall
  • The corporatisation of the University – Comment on a live broadcast with Professor Noam Chomsky (MIT) – Paul Catherall
  • The Importance of Libraries for Young People – Paul Catherall
  • Threats to Libraries, Facilities for Young People and Public Services in the Liverpool Area – Martin Ralph
  • What is the Great University Gamble? Comment on a Presentation by Andrew McGettigan at University of Liverpool, 02/10/13 – Paul Catherall
  • The UCU University of Liverpool Academic Charter
  • Trends in University Research Funding and the Open Access Publishing Debate of Green vs. Gold – Paul Catherall
  • Comment on Workfare – Paul Catherall
  • Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala (Poem) – Paul Catherall

No. 32, Summer/ Autumn 2012 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

  • Whole Issue (PDF format, file size to download: approx 1.4 MB)

Contents and Editorial

  • Editorial – Library Activist Resources and Alternative Information Networks (Martyn Lowe)
  • Contributors (Martyn Lowe)
  • Book Review – A Short Course In Intellectual Self-Defense (David Dane)
  • Occupy Elsevier (Stephen Bales)
  • Campaign Resources For Activist Campaigners (Martyn Lowe)
  • Dissident Island Radio (Chickpea)
  • Kettling – A Resource List (Martyn Lowe)
  • Coalition Blog a critical Liberal Democrat Act Web site Forum (Paul Catherall)

No. 31, Summer 2011 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Whole issue (PDF format, file size to download: approx 1.4 MB)

Contents and Editorial

  • Editorial (Martyn Lowe)
  • A Type of Book Review (Martyn Lowe)
  • Community Led Commissioning (John Pateman)
  • Current UK Campaigns Against Nukiller Power (Martyn Lowe)
  • Simple pleasures (Jeff Cloves)
  • Neutrality in Context: Principles and Rights (Julie Biando Edwards)
  • Looking at the works of Paolo Uccello (Martyn Lowe)
  • Public Libraries & Social Justice (John Pateman)
  • Public Libraries & The Spirit Level (John Pateman)

No. 30, Summer 2010 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Information Ethics’

  • Whole Issue (PDF format, file size to download: approx 2 Mb)

Contents and Editorial

Articles, Part 1

Articles, Part 2

Book Reviews


 

No. 29, Summer 2009 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Science & Technology For Utopias’.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb

Contents and Editorial

Articles


 

No. 28, Winter 2008/09 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Radical Bookshops’.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb

Contents and Editorial

Articles


No. 27, Summer 2008 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Radical Bookshops’.

The role of Radical bookshops as information providers, radical publishers, and campaigning centres.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb

Contents and Editorial

Articles


No. 26, Winter 2007- 2008 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Libraries and Social Exclusion’.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb

Contents and Editorial

  • Contents
  • Editorial – Libraries and Social Exclusion (John Vincent and John Pateman)

Articles

  • Social Exclusion – where is it going? (John Vincent)
  • Developing a Needs Based Library Service (John Pateman)
  • He didn’t have to say he was gay (John Vincent)
  • Public Libraries and the Digital Divide (John Pateman)
  • Are We All Being Served (Andrew Hudson)
  • Reading Orwell in Havana (John Pateman)
  • Library Services for Newcomers to Canada: Embracing Cultural Diversity (Kendra Bender)

No. 25, Summer 2007 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Libraries and Information Workers in Conflict Situations’.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb)

Contents and Editorial

Opening Poem

Articles


No. 24, Winter 2006 – 2007 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Libraries & Information in World Social Forum context’.

  • Whole Issue (PDF fomat, file size to download: approx 1 Mb)

Contents and Editorial

Articles

Politics of information: reality & vision

World Social Forum

World Public Finances

World Public Library

Mumbai, January 2004

Bamako Experiences, January-February 2006

Training the Trainers Workshop, 2006

Preparing for Nairobi WSF, January 2007

Equality & Social Justice


No. 23, Summer 2006 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper).

Special Issue on ‘Education for Social Change’.

Contents and Editorial

Articles

E-Dialogues and E-Interviews

Book Reviews

Biographical Reflections

Poems

Epilogue


No. 22, Winter 2005 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper)

The newspaper industry and the powerful effect of language; Cuba – libraries and computers; globalisation – health, libraries, information and education; social exclusion and colonialism; social class and public libraries; academic freedom; Social Action in Library and Information work worldwide; the UK Government’s Education White Paper; Quebec and writing for the information sector.

Articles

Book Reviews

Film Reviews


No. 21, Summer 2005 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper)

E-Books; Public Libraries, Information, Communities, Social Exclusion and Culture; Copyright, Libraries in Nigeria and Globalisation


No. 20, Winter 2004 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

‘Library Documentation, Libraries and the Working Class, Anti-Semitism, Knowledge and Social Change’.

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: formatted for A4 paper.
  • Editorial Ruth Rikowski and John Pateman.
  • The Library in Crisis, 2002 – Introduction to Julian Samuel’s Documentary on Libraries Vinita Ramani.
  • Vinita Ramani interviews Julian Samuel, a Montreal film-maker and writer.
  • Public Libraries and the Working Classes John Pateman.
  • Israelis and Indians Michael Neumann.
  • What is Anti-Semitism? Michael Neumann.
  • Can Library Work be a Recipe for Ill Health?. Martyn Lowe.
  • Knowledge Organisation: Information, Systems and Social Change John Lindsay.
  • Creating Value from Knowledge in the Knowledge Revolution Ruth Rikowski.
  • Book Review – ‘The Truth’ by Mike Palecek Reviewed by Sheila Conroy.

No. 19, Summer 2004 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: formatted for A4 paper.
  • Editorial – Ruth Rikowski and John Pateman.
  • Background and overview to the book ‘Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements Ruth Rikowski.
  • Reference librarian/user relationship at Obafemi Awolawo University Library J.O. Ajile Laogun.
  • Terminator of educational dreams and aspirations Glenn Rikowski.
  • Where education is a luxury option Htun Lin.
  • Perfect Sound Victor Rikowski.
  • Librarians and the World Social Forum Unite. Mikael Böök.
  • On the Impossibility of determining the length of the working-day for intellectual labour Ruth Rikowski.
  • Career development in a non traditional library role: some personal reflections Paul Catherall.
  • Influences in e-learning: forces for change or confusion? Paul Catherall.
  • Tackling Social Exclusion: the hardest to reach John Pateman. (PDF)
  • Book Review by Jeremy Hunsinger of ‘Digital play: the interaction of technology, culture and marketing’ by Kline, Dyer-Witheford and De Peuter.

No. 18, Winter 2003 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: formatted for A4 paper.
  • Editorial.

Part One : Past and Present .

  • The Big ISsues John Lindsay.
  • The Hidden Agenda Martyn Lowe.
  • Information Gaps Martyn Lowe.

Part Two : International Issues .

  • WSISues John Lindsay.
  • The IFLA/EBLIDA talks with the World Trade Organization and the European Commission about GATS and libraries, 18 December 2002 report to the Executive Committee of EBLIDA Kjell Nilsson.
  • CILIP Response to Liberalising Trade in services: a new consultation on the World Trade Organisation GATS negotiations.
  • Information Services and the Independent Public Library Anders Ericson.

Part Three : Cuba, Culture and Development .

  • Culture, Comrades and Castro John Pateman.
  • Statement by the participants of the Culture and Development Convention.
  • Libraries Contribution to Solidarity and Social Justice in a World of Neo-liberal Globalisation John Pateman.
  • An Open Letter to the Librarians of the World ASCUBI.

Part Four : Any Other Business .


No. 17, Summer 2003 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (Word format) – Note: formatted for A4 paper.
  • Editorial.
  • Activist and Archivist Martin Lowe.
  • Globalisation, Libraries and Information Ruth Rikowski.
  • Library privatization: fact or fiction? Ruth Rikowski.
  • Still at your service? GATS, privatization and public services in the UK Ruth Rikowski.
  • Free trade with library services: no ‘all clear’ regarding GATS Anders Ericon interviews Frode Bakken.
  • Framework for the future John Pateman.
  • The People’s Network John Pateman.
  • Building Better Library Services John Pateman.
  • Overdue: how to create a modern public library service John Pateman.

No. 16, Winter 2002 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)


No 15, Summer 2002 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)


No. 14, Winter 2001-2002 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole Issue – (PDF) Note: formatted for A4 paper.
  • Introduction Ruth Rikowski.
  • One Law for the Rich Bill Lehm.
  • Transfiguration: Globalisation, the World Trade Organisation and the National Faces of the GATS Glenn Rikowski.
  • Future of Global Capitalism: millionaires ruling the millions Victor Rikowski.
  • Trading away basic rights: the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Clare Joy.
  • GATS: Higher Education and Public Libraries Anneliese Dodds.
  • The Corporate Takeover of Libraries Ruth Rikowski.
  • The WTO and the Threat to Libraries Fiona Hunt.
  • Information, Censorship and Gender Relations in Global Capitalism Shahrzad Mojab.
  • Interpreting the ‘Knowledge Economy’ Cacophony: The extension of commodification to information production, dissemination and storage Alex Nunn.
  • The Learning Society Revisited Patrick Ainley.
  • The Knowledge Economy vs. the Learning Society Jonathan Rutherford.
  • ISC – A Statement on State Terrorism, Censorship & Repression.

No. 13, Summer 2001 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: fairly large file approx 1.8 Megabytes..
  • Book review: Glenn Rikowski’s The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education Review: John Pateman.
  • Resources Compiled by Martyn Lowe.
  • Some recent developments Shiraz Durrani.
  • Librarians protest murder in Genoa! Open letter from librarians against the murder of people exercising the right to protest against corporate globalization at the Genoa conference, July 2001.
  • Classic and neo-information (editorial) Rory Litwin.
  • Libraries in Cuba: Report of a visit to “independent,” national and public libraries in Cuba, 2000 John Pateman.
  • Cuban libraries: challenges and achievements Rhonda Neugebauer.
  • Cuba Today, Tomorrow, Forever Larry R. Oberg.

No. 12, Winter 2000-2001 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)


No. 11, Summer 2000 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: fairly large file approx 1.4 Megabytes.
  • Editorial: Combating racism in library and information services Shiraz Durrani.
  • Using CRE standard to combat racism in library services Susan White.
  • Response to Diversity Glennor L. Shirley.
  • On Combating Racism In Academic Librarianship Sterling Coleman.
  • Views from Britain: Case Studies And Comments.
  • The Quality Leaders Project: Conference Report John Vincent.
  • Knowing my Place Beckford, H.
  • Bring on the thought police: freedom of expression and the press in South Africa Christopher Merrett.
  • Meeting information needs for 1992 and beyond John Vincent.
  • Book Review: Stop Talking Start Doing! Attracting People of Color to the Library Profession
  • Reviewed by Ayub Khan.
  • Minority Ethnic issues in social exclusion – Merton responds.

No. 10, Winter 1999-2000 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole issue (PDF format) – Note: fairly large file approx 1.8 Megabytes..
  • Editorial John Pateman.
  • Public Libraries, Social Exclusion and Social Class John Pateman.
  • Libraries in the Soviet Union John Pateman.
  • “Friends” versus supporters of Cuban libraries John Pateman.
  • Reviews.

No. 9, Summer 1999, combined issue with Link-Up 11/1-2 (HTML Format unless otherwise stated.)

  • Whole Issue – (PDF).
  • Network Update Gill Harris and Ruth Creamer.
  • Returning a stare; People’s Struggles for Political and Social Inclusion Shiraz Durrani.
  • The State, Communities and Public Libraries: their role in tackling social exclusion John Pateman.
  • Researching the Disappeared in Chile during the Junta Roberta Bacic (see whole issue above).
  • Access for all: Libraries and Distance Learning in Tanzania Alli Mcharazo.
  • Libraries and Information Provision in Contemporary Russia Agatha Haun.
  • Public Libraries and Social Exclusion – an International Perspective: conference resolutions.

No. 8, Winter 1998

  • Editorial. John Pateman.
  • Pio Gama Pinto: some facts about the life of a great leader and patriotic journalist. Shiraz Durrani .
  • SRRT ALA Washington 1998 or An Enthusiasm for Radical Information Work. Martyn Lowe .
  • Dying for a cause. Ndungi wa Mungai .
  • Impact of the Human Rights Act on UK public authorities.
  • Keep the British Library Free.
  • The end of capitalism as we know it! Mzee Edari .
  • Freedom Press website is seized.
  • Declaration: “Year 2000 without war”.
  • Poor People and Library Services (book review).
  • Your friendly neighborhood Infoshop. Chuck Munson .

No. 7, Summer 1998

  • Editorial. John Pateman .
  • CO’s and slavery: Conscription and Conscientious Objection. Martyn Lowe .
  • K is for Culture. James Kelman .
  • An introduction to the Kate Sharpley Library.
  • Will Nyanjiru be silenced? Shiraz Durrani .
  • A Riot to Read.
  • Fellow Travellers.

No. 6, Winter 1997

  • Editorial. John Pateman .
  • People Without Places. Patrick Opendi .
  • Libraries, Information and the Dispossessed. Joe Hendry .
  • Czech Fiction from the Post-Kundera Generation. Elena Lappin .
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Dick Williams .
  • The Writers’ Paradigm. Ahmad Ebrahimi .

No. 5, Summer 1997

  • Editorial. John Pateman .
  • Publishing In Post Communist Times In the Former Yugoslavia. Kathleen Ladizesky .
  • Librarians in Opposition. Erwin Marks .
  • Towards a Redefinition of Radical Information Work. Martyn Lowe .
  • Fellow Travellers.
  • A Riot to Read.
  • Some Practical Projects.

No. 4, Autumn 1996

  • Editorial. John Pateman .
  • Library Services in China since 1949. Kathleen Ladizesky .
  • Education and Literacy in Vietnam. Len Aldis .
  • Back to the Past in South Africa.
  • A Riot to Read. Martyn Lowe .
  • Fellow Travellers. Martyn Lowe .
  • A Short History of the Commonweal Collection. Sylvia Barlow .
  • The Culture War Against Use Of Public Libraries. Sara Lobman .
  • Librarians For Social Change. Richard Alexander .
  • Counterpoise: A Brief Conversation with Charles Willett. Katina Strauch .

No. 3, Spring 1996

  • In Cuba They’re Still Reading. John Pateman .
  • Scientific and technical information activities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Li Rong Yip .
  • Alternatives In Poland. Martyn Lowe .
  • A Few Words About Akribie. Maria Kuhn-Ludewig .
  • Kribibi. Renate Obadalek .
  • Zines in Libraries. Billie Aul .
  • Easy listening for the hard of hearing. Ian Trowell .

No. 2, Autumn 1995

  • The news that doesn’t make the news: sources for alternative current affairs reporting. Chris Atton .
  • The Struggle For Information in South Africa. Christopher Merrett .
  • A Star That Never Sets: the Early Years of the Morning Star Co-operative. Mary Rosser .
  • Pittsburg Students Protest Censorship. Selva Nebbia .
  • Festival of Rights. Paul Donovan .
  • Some Recent Alternative Publications.
  • A Riot to Read.

No. 1, Winter 1994 (all in PDF Format, formatted for A4 paper)

  • Editorial
  • Organising an Alternative Press Display for Local Libraries. Jason McQuinn .
  • The Struggle for Information as an Aspect of the Struggle for Liberation. Shiraz Durrani .
  • Whatever Happened to the Rare Books? Fred Whitehead .
  • Emerging Democracies and Freedom of Information. John Pateman .
  • Letter from South Africa. Christopher Merrett.