Library as a Political Institution. Presentation to Maldives Library Association - May 2010 By Amman Adam. Introduction.
Presentation to Maldives Library Association - May 2010
By Amman Adam
According to former American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, libraries are essential to the functioning of a democratic society…
Toronto Public Library
Historically library holdings were usually limited to a privileged few and also usually censored by a higher authority.
Censorship of information was not only restricted to totalitarian regimes.
The first notable departure from the traditional norm of library censorship and control was seen in the Anglo-Saxon library tradition.
Democratic theory argues that a democratic government and society must enable individuals to achieve their fullest potential of development.
In US and Canada, both of which have well established governance mechanisms based on the principles of democracy, often justification as for the reasons for existence of a library is not clearly articulated and often never articulated in a way that explains its significance in the role it plays as a facilitator of democracy.
Inside Toronto Public Library
Important pillars of democracy such as freedom of speech, the freedom to read, the freedom to view are guaranteed and supported by a well functioning library.
According to Kranich (2001) in America libraries were “invented” and exist in order to give all people equal access to learning and self-determination and as such libraries are uniquely democratic.
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