1st Edition

Understanding Public Libraries Strategy, Leadership, and Ideology

By John Pateman Copyright 2024
    222 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    222 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    Understanding Public Libraries: Management, Leadership and Ideology calls on practitioners, students and researchers to fully understand public libraries in order to change them and ensure their survival into the future. In it, experienced library leader John Pateman introduces a new analytical framework, based on the theories of dialectical materialism and cultural hegemony, to the public library. This framework can be used to identify three models of the public library: Management, Leadership and Ideology. This analysis from this book can be used to create an evidence base to demonstrate the social value of public libraries which can in turn be used to defend the public library against financial cuts, to create a business case for investment in public libraries to ensure that they are well funded and sustainable into the future.

    1. Management

    2. The Management Library

    3. Leadership

    4. The Leadership Library

    5. Ideology

    6. The Ideology Library

    7. Ways Forward


    John Pateman worked in public libraries for 44 years in a number of different roles ranging from Library Assistant to Chief Librarian. He was Chief Librarian of three library systems in the UK: Hackney, a diverse inner London borough; Merton, a multicultural London suburb; and Lincolnshire, a large rural county. He was Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer at Thunder Bay Public Library. John was part of the UK Government Policy Group at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport that produced Libraries for All: Social Inclusion in Public Libraries – policy guidance for Local Authorities in England, October 1999. He was part of the research team which produced Open to All? The Public Library and Social Exclusion (2000), which influenced the Working Together Project (2004-2008) in Canada. John is on the editorial board of Open Shelf, the Ontario Library Association online journal, and contributes a regular column, ‘Open to All?’ that explores barriers to library use and how to reduce or remove them. He is the Director of the Cuban Libraries Solidarity Campaign and received the National Culture Award from the Cuban government for his work in support of Cuban libraries. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a founding member and editorial collective member of Information for Social Change.