Public Libraries and Private Sector Partnerships:
Possibilities, Problems and the Democratic Role of Libraries


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1. Introduction

2. The rise of the private sector

3. Decrease in funding to public libraries

4. Public libraries and private sector partnerships

5. Support for partnerships

6. Criticisms of partnerships

7. Conclusion

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Public Libraries and Private Sector Partnerships: Possibilities, Problems and the Democratic Role of Libraries was originally written for LIS 501 (Foundations of Library and Information Studies) at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, by Carol Friesen in 2002.

This paper has been converted into a website for the purposes of LIS 600 (Capping Exercise) which is a requirement for the completion of the Masters of Library & Information Studies Program.


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This website was created for the purposes of LIS 600 by Carol Friesen in 2004, while studying at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. Last update April 2004.