What is the future of libraries? This question is frequently posed, with widespread research into the social and economic impact of libraries. Newspapers play an important role in forming public perceptions, but how do newspapers present libraries, their past, present and future? Nobody has yet taken the press to task on the quantity and quality of articles on libraries, however Libraries and Public Perception does just this, through comparative textual analysis of newspapers in Europe. After a comprehensive and useful introductory chapter, the book consists of the following five chapters: Wondering about the future of libraries; Measuring the value of libraries; Libraries in the newspapers; Contemporary challenges and public perception; Which library model from the newspapers: a synthesis. Provides an alternative means to evaluate the impact of libraries Compares different countries and societies regarding their representation of libraries Pursues its subject through active research, rather than self reflection
From World War II to the war in Iraq, periods of international conflict seem like unique moments in U.S. political history—but when it comes to public opinion, they are not. To make this groundbreaking revelation, In Time of War explodes conventional wisdom about American reactions to World War II, as well as the more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Adam Berinsky argues that public response to these crises has been shaped less by their defining characteristics—such as what they cost in lives and resources—than by the same political interests and group affiliations that influence our ideas about domestic issues. With the help of World War II–era survey data that had gone virtually untouched for the past sixty years, Berinsky begins by disproving the myth of “the good war” that Americans all fell in line to support after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The attack, he reveals, did not significantly alter public opinion but merely punctuated interventionist sentiment that had already risen in response to the ways that political leaders at home had framed the fighting abroad. Weaving his findings into the first general theory of the factors that shape American wartime opinion, Berinsky also sheds new light on our reactions to other crises. He shows, for example, that our attitudes toward restricted civil liberties during Vietnam and after 9/11 stemmed from the same kinds of judgments we make during times of peace. With Iraq and Afghanistan now competing for attention with urgent issues within the United States, In Time of War offers a timely reminder of the full extent to which foreign and domestic politics profoundly influence—and ultimately illuminate—each other.
|Author||: Martha J. McDonald|
|Release Date||: 1991|
|Pages||: 452 pages|
An argument that perception is something we do, not something that happens to us: not a process in the brain, but a skillful bodily activity.
|Author||: Julie Chant Smith|
|Release Date||: 1992|
|Pages||: 588 pages|
This book serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding how librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences. The ultimate goal of this volume is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, we can work towards improved status, increased diversity, and greater acceptance of each other
Provides information on a variety of social software, including blogs, RSS, wikis, and instant messaging, and describes ways they can be used to promote library use, language skills, and literacy.
|Author||: Lisa A. Wolfe|
|Release Date||: 1997|
|Pages||: 208 pages|
This step-by-step guide shows how to best incorporate public relations techniques into the library and reap the benefits of well-planned and executed campaign. Chapters explain how to write, review and update a communications plan; develop a corporate identity; make the most of media coverage; use volunteers; get a message out at programmes and events; create effective newsletters, brochures, posters, and other print communications; and use the Internet World Wide Web, online services, and local bulletin board services for publicity. Throughout, examples and case studies illustrate effective communication techniques and strategies for all kinds of libraries. Appendices offering sample news releases, lists of library press, state and national public relations networking opportunities, and online services appropriate for library publicity are also included.
In this work, Bridgette Wessels offers a unique insight into the ways in which core public institutions and powerful organizations develop digital communications and services within the public realm. The book draws on her ethnographic research with the London Metropolitan Police Service during their engagement in an innovative project to improve communication with the public using digital technology. As one of the largest, most advanced and highly respected police services in the world, working in a socially, culturally and demographically complex city, the Metropolitan Police Service offers a highly revealing case study of technology and the human processes which it is designed to serve. The ethnographic research is used to develop a new theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between social action and technological change, addressing the way in which technology is socially shaped and culturally informed. The book also discusses the role of ethnography as a tool for researching complex multi-perspective, multi-sited networks of the innovation of digital technologies as forms of communication in late modern western society.
Usherwood looks at changes in public services, examining whether it is appropriate for libraries to treat users in the same way as private businesses treat their customers, and discusses the challenge commercial attitudes pose to the public service ethic.