Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 55: 25-46 (2006)

原著論文Original Article

英国の公共図書館政策への社会的包含理念の導入『すべての人々に開かれた図書館』の分析を中心にIntroduction of the concept of social inclusion to public library policy in the United Kingdom: Analysis of Libraries for All

慶應義塾大学文学部人文社会学科図書館・情報学専攻(非常勤講師)School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2005年5月2日Received: May 2, 2005
受理日:2006年4月6日Accepted: April 6, 2006
発行日:2006年7月31日Published: July 31, 2006

Britain’s Blair administration introduced the concept of social exclusion and inclusion to deal with the issue of the social weak. The Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) was established in the government and has developed various policies for tackling the issue. In accordance with this trend, the concept of social inclusion has been introduced to public library policy. The aim of this study is to examine the meaning of social inclusion and the problems faced when implementing such concepts , through an investigation of related policy documents and project reports. I will also analyze how this concept is understood in the public library world, and whether the performance assessment systems and other required mechanisms have been put in place to achieve it. The study draws on Libraries for All with paticular attention to its relationship to the policies of the SEU. Libraries for All is the fundamental document on the social inclusion policies in the public library.

The analysis shows that the policies of the SEU have concentrated on economic issues, while public library policies generally focus on social and cultural ones. In spite of this difference, it appears that the concept of social inclusion could strengthen the argument that public libraries should provide services to the social weak. That is, the introduction of the social inclusion concept to the public library shows that providing library services to the social weak is in tune with the one of the fundamental policies of the Blair administration. However, the mechanism to implement the policy in public libraries is not yet in place under the present performance assessment system. Furthermore, at the present stage, since this policy did not originate from within the library community, it appears that while the concept of social inclusion has been introduced into public library policies, the kinds of services necessary to realize it have not yet been examined thoroughly. The link between the concept and service contents has yet to be forged.

This page was created on 2021-01-18T11:30:59.721+09:00
This page was last modified on