Libraries and open society; Popper, Soros and digital information

Lyn Robinson (School of Library, Information and Archive Studies, University College London)
David Bawden (Department of Information Science, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 June 2001


This paper examines the role of libraries and information services, in promoting the ‘open society’ espoused by Karl Popper and George Soros. After a brief discussion of the nature of an ‘open society ’, the paper covers the role played by provision of knowledge and information, of new technology, particularly the Internet, and of critical thinking and digital literacy in the development of this form of society. Conclusions are drawn for the role of libraries and librarians, with seven general principles suggested.



Robinson, L. and Bawden, D. (2001), "Libraries and open society; Popper, Soros and digital information", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 53 No. 5, pp. 167-178.

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