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Wherever information is acquired, organised, stored and accessed, issues of policy are of paramount importance. Research in information policy within iLab reflects this importance and focusses on two vital themes: information policy and regulation, and information ethics.

Information policy and regulation: the legal and regulatory frameworks used to manage the flow of information within society can equally be liberators or potential barriers. How governments and other bodies manage the transmission of information can have a major impact on individuals, communities and organisations. Research in this area focusses on issues such as privacy, copyright, freedom of information, and policies relating to Internet filtering. Recent studies include examinations of Internet filtering in public libraries, and the organisation of controversial materials. Current research students are investigating topics such as the role of the public library in enhancing democratic engagement, the social value of public libraries, and models for good practice in school libraries.

Information ethics: the information professions are charged with the responsibility to make information available, and at the same time ensure it is done so within ethical and legal parameters. Research within information ethics considers the types of information that should be made available to society, and focusses on topics such as censorship, the role of the information professional in advocating information rights. Recent studies include examinations of censorship in public libraries, and the impact of market ideology on public librarianship.

Contact: David McMenemy