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E-LIS - The open archive for Library and Information Science
E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial. It is not a funded project of an organization. It is community-owned and community-driven. We serve LIS researchers by facilitating their self-archiving, ensuring the long-term preservation of their documents and by providing word-wide easy access to their papers.

Information for Social Change
Information for Social Change is an activist organisation that examines issues of censorship, freedom and ethics amongst library and information workers. It is committed to promoting alternatives to the dominant paradigms of library and information work and publishes its own journal, Information for Social Change (freely available online at

The ways by which information is controlled and mediated has a serious influence on the ways people think, how they communicate, what they believe is the "real world", what the limits of the permissible are. This applies equally to information that comes through the channels of the mass media, through our bookshops or through our libraries.

Of course, free and equal access to information is a myth throughout the world, although different situations pertain in different countries. Control is more explicit and cruder in some places, more "sophisticated" and more invisible elsewhere (for example in Britain). One of the aims of Information for Social Change is to document these situations.

But we want to go further than that, documenting also the alternatives to this control, the radical and progressive channels by which truly unfettered, unmediated ideas may circulate. And further still: to encourage information workers to come together, to share ideas, to foster these alternatives - whether we are publishers, librarians, booksellers, communication workers or distributors. Whoever you are, if you are in sympathy with us, join us.

Library Juice Press

Library Juice Press is a new publishing company specializing in books about theoretical and practical issues in libraries from a social, political, or philosophical point of view. Readers of the webzine and blog, Library Juice, can expect our books to be deeper investigations into topics that have been covered there over the years, including library philosophy, information policy, library activism, media studies, library history, and in general anything that can be placed under the rubric of "critical studies in librarianship."

The Network tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries:

The Network is a network of public libraries, museums, archives, other organisations and individuals committed to tackling social exclusion.

The Newsletter of Information and Knowledge Management at London Metropolitan University Issue No. 1 (June 2007)

Pambazuka News
‘Pambazuka’ is Kiswahili for ‘dawn’. As a verb, it means ‘arise’ or ‘awaken’. Pambazuka News is an authoritative pan-African electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa. It offers comprehensive weekly coverage, cutting edge commentary and in-depth analysis on politics and current affairs, development, human rights, refugees, gender issues and culture in Africa. It is intended as a tool for progressive social change.

Pambazuka News, published in English and French. Pambazuka News has been published in more than 300 issues since 2001. It now has an estimated readership of around 500,000.

Pambazuka News is published by Fahamu. ‘Fahamu’ means understanding in Kiswahili. Fahamu aims to contribute to social movements and social change in Africa through information and communication technologies, education, media, publishing and advocacy. Fahamu is headquartered in Oxford, with regional offices in South Africa, Kenya and Senegal.

Progressive African Library & Information Activists’ Group (PALIAct)
The African Progressive Librarian and Information Activists’ Group (PALIAct) is an initiative of a group of progressive African librarians and information workers. We recognise that current "leaders" in the African information field have done little to break the colonial and imperialist policies and practices in meeting the information needs of working people in Africa, or to make the profession more relevant to the needs of African librarians and information workers. We have therefore decided to take the initiative to set up an alternative organisation - the Progressive African Library and Information Activists’ Group - PALIAct.

Progressive Library Guild

providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues

Quality Leaders Project

Quality Leaders Project (QLP) - "management development through service development"

The Quality Leaders Project (QLP) is an initiative that addresses the dual challenges of library services providing value for all communities and equal employment opportunities. It does so within a Best Value framework. The key propositions of QLP are that the meeting of unrecognised or under-recognised needs requires new or enhanced services, and new and enhanced services require new skills and know-how (including new management know-how). Acquisition of these new skills will create a level playing field for staff who have not been able to reach management positions, thereby enhancing their ability to reach senior management positions.


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