Information Policy and Libraries

What  is Information Policy?

It is a subsection of public policy. It viewed as “…a set of interrelated principles, laws, guidelines, rules and regulations, directions, procedures, judgements, interpretations, and practices that guide the creation, management access and use of information.” (McClure, 1996, p. 214).

How is Information Policy Today?

It is an ever evolving and expanding policy that has broaden to IT, telecommunications, government, economics, sociology, politics and more. It is evolving with the rapid change of technology through its hardware and software programs.

What are the Challenges of Information Policy?

  • Laws being outdated, are either too specific or too broad, or are in need to question the protection of which group of people- These can be the USA the Freedom of Information Act and the Copyright Act
    – Copyright has the concern of who owns what for how long  there whether should be open access versus $$ + closed access to public
  • Different Stakeholders and policy decision makers with different views, ideas and values
  • Access to Information, Public Good and Library Literacy – who should get what, how much, and how?

– Copyright vs. privacy Ex. Truth and Reconciliation

  • Long Live the Library?
  • Finances – Cities closing libraries

Some Advantages, Benefits and Possible Resolutions

  • Specialization versus broadening services
  • Access to Information
  • Finances – laws and technology
  • Libraries – services changes Ex. BiblioCommons and Ottawa Public Library



BiblioCommons (2014). BiblioCommons Online Public Library Home Site. Retrieved from:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2015). Residential school survivors discuss destruction of their testimony. Retrieved from:

Geddes, J. (2011). Who cares about libraries? MacLean’s. Retrieved from:

Who cares about libraries?

Laucius, J. & A. Duffy (2016). City, Library and Archives in Talks to Team Up for a New
Central Library. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved from:

McClure, C.R. (1996). Information Policy: Libraries and Federal Information Policy. The
Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 22 (3), pp. 214 – 18.


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