Citizen Participation in Library Decision-making: The Toronto Experience

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John Marshall
Scarecrow Press, 1984 - Education - 392 pages
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The unique experience of the Toronto Public Library, 1974-1981, when reform politics at the municipal level initiated major changes in the library system. Newly appointed Board members enlisted the aid of citizens in identifying unmet needs and exposing basic iniquities in the provision of library service. Participation grew dramatically as citizens became involved at area and neighborhood levels. The result: a major turn-around in the library's priorities. This book analyzes the experience from the points of view of 15 participants and close observers of the process academics, politicians, library workers, and citizens of diverse backgrounds, approaches, and concerns."
 

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Contents

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN TORONTO LATE 1960S AND EARLY 1970S
3
THE ANATOMY OF URBAN REFORM IN TORONTO
20
TURNING THE SYSTEM AROUND
47
BACKGROUNDTHE LIBRARY CONTEXT
49
THE LIBRARY IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
60
FROM CAPITAL PLANNING TO GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
70
BUDGETS AND EQUALIZATION
81
TPL UNIONIZES
95
ETHNIC REALITIES AND LIBRARY SERVICE
211
WHAT SHOULD OUR CHILDREN READ? THE UNRESOLVED DEBATE
225
POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES THEORY AND PRACTICE
243
SURVIVAL DEMANDS REFORM NOT PUBLIC RELATIONS
245
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PARTICIPATION
255
CONCLUSION
275
THE LIBRARY IN THE COMMUNITY
277
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION 1981
317

THE PRICE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
109
THE SHAPE OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
125
BACKGROUNDFORMS AND PHASES OF PARTICIPATION
127
THE EAST END STORY
136
WEST TORONTO CITIZENS ORGANIZE
151
A NEW LIBRARY FOR THE ANNEX
159
BRANCH LIBRARY RENOVATION AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
167
AN ARCHITECTS VIEW
182
LIBRARY COLLECTIONS AND COMMUNITY PRIORITIES
189
THE PROFESSIONAL DILEMA
191
THE STRUGGLE FOR CANADIAN MATERIALS
199
APPENDICES
329
GENERAL
331
TPL REPORTS
338
III FIVEYEAR OBJECTIVES For The Toronto Public Library 19781983
344
IV TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY MATERIALS SELECTION POLICY
352
V TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD CAPITAL PROJECTSPOLICIES AND PROCEDURES
360
VI TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD REPORT ON EQUALIZATION OF SERVICES 1981
372
VII WHO DETERMINES LIBRARYS ROLE IN COMMUNITY?
377
VIII POP SEEN MENACE TO THE LIBRARY
380
INDEX
385
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