Monday, 2 April 2012

Creationist Materials in UK Public Libraries

This is part of the conclusion from this recent paper by MacDonald and McMenemy, and BCSE is happy to agree:
Overall the study suggests that creationist and ID materials are made freely available in UK public libraries, with the majority being selected by the library authority itself via its normal procurement mechanisms. Clearly since public libraries should be about presenting all viewpoints to the public, this is to be welcomed. However, that differences exist in terms of how material is classified, even on a small scale, is a cause for concern from a classification perspective. In issues of science especially, correct classification is vital if library users are not to be misled as to the efficacy of scientific materials.

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