Unchain my heart and set me free: A new civil society library model.


  • Matthew Kelly




A new model of the public library is outlined that explicitly links it to its role in support of civil society. The model argues that the ongoing “chaining” of public libraries to direct government oversight and control is deleterious to their ability to actualize their potential. Collateral argument is made that that it is the civil society character rather than the simply free nature of these libraries which needs to be harnessed to help move the conceptualization of the sector away from a reactive model of client service toward a dynamic approach that integrates with the life experiences of clients.




How to Cite

Kelly, Matthew. 2017. “Unchain My Heart and Set Me Free: A New Civil Society Library Model”. The International Review of Information Ethics 26 (December). Edmonton, Canada. https://doi.org/10.29173/irie285.