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A Review of “Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship”

A Review of “Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship” Journal of Access Services, 7:273–280, 2010 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1536-7967 print / 1536-7975 online DOI: 10.1080/15367967.2010.508279 Reviews and Remarks Carol Goodson, Column Editor Durrani, S. (2008). Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press. This book is an organized collection of nearly 30 years of essays, articles, papers presented, book reviews, and other documents authored or coau- thored by Kenyan-born librarian and political/social activist Shiraz Durrani. Although Durrani focuses primarily on the politics of information in Kenya and the United Kingdom, he writes about this topic in relation to political and economic situations all over the world, including the United States. His writings speak to the universal themes of human rights, class struggle, and the concept of equitable access to information. The author asserts that what happens at the political level parallels what happens in the information field; that “inequality in the possession of wealth translates into inequality in the possession of information.” Durrani worked at the University of Nairobi Library from 1968 to 1984. In late 1984, due to his outspoken activism, which included membership in the then-underground December Twelve Movement, now called Mwakenya, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

A Review of “Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship”

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 7 (4): 3 – Sep 20, 2010
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Journal of Access Services, 7:273–280, 2010 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1536-7967 print / 1536-7975 online DOI: 10.1080/15367967.2010.508279 Reviews and Remarks Carol Goodson, Column Editor Durrani, S. (2008). Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press. This book is an organized collection of nearly 30 years of essays, articles, papers presented, book reviews, and other documents authored or coau- thored by Kenyan-born librarian and political/social activist Shiraz Durrani. Although Durrani focuses primarily on the politics of information in Kenya and the United Kingdom, he writes about this topic in relation to political and economic situations all over the world, including the United States. His writings speak to the universal themes of human rights, class struggle, and the concept of equitable access to information. The author asserts that what happens at the political level parallels what happens in the information field; that “inequality in the possession of wealth translates into inequality in the possession of information.” Durrani worked at the University of Nairobi Library from 1968 to 1984. In late 1984, due to his outspoken activism, which included membership in the then-underground December Twelve Movement, now called Mwakenya, as

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