Open for All?

A column by John Pateman

Class and librarianship

The current crisis of capitalism has led to the renewed interest in Marxism and its core categories of

Libraries in Society

Libraries in Society (Clive Bingley, 1978) was published in the year that my career in public libraries began.

The Right ‘Man’ For The Job?

I am a big fan of titles which have question marks in them. The most important element of

Open to All?

The title for this column was taken from a piece of ground breaking research which I took part

Why Do Library Workers Not Have the Skills To Meet Community Needs?

The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they

Prioritizing Library Services For Those With the Greatest Needs

One of the critical findings of Open to All? The Public Library and Social Exclusion (2000) was that

Karl Marx and Critical Librarianship

Karl Marx is critical to an understanding of the Needs Based Library because he introduced the theoretical concept

News from Nowhere: The Needs Based Library

In too many workplaces people are unhappy and alienated from what they do. This has a negative impact

Snuffy’s Revenge: the Community Led Library

“Snuffy” is the name of a character who appears in The Classic Slum by Robert Roberts.  This delicious

Old Wine In New Bottles: The Traditional Public Library

The Traditional Public Library has not changed fundamentally from when it was first introduced in the mid-nineteenth century.

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