Saturday, December 02, 2006

Media and Monopoly
Nancy Kranich’s preface to the 6th edition of Alternative Publishers of Books in North America is now online courtesy of Library Juice. Nancy is a past president of the American Library Association who has been heading up a subcommittee of the Intellectual Freedom Committee that is examining the impact of media consolidation on local control of media. Nancy's Preface explores the importance of alternative literature in libraries and although it is focused on the USA the issues raised have far wider relevance: "Today, public participation and freedom of expression are at stake in the battle to control the flow of information and ideas."