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New FAIFE Spotlight released on libraries and freedom of information

(IFLA/IFEX) - 21 May 2012 - In an attempt to assess the role of libraries as contributors to the freedom of (official) information published in the journal Alexandria in 2001, FAIFE chair Paul Sturges examined both the definition of freedom of information and the actual role of libraries in providing better access to official documentation. He concluded that libraries are not so much agents of freedom of information as iconic representations of commitment to freedom of information. The present article examines progress towards reorienting libraries towards effective participation in the freedom of information process.

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