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Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Brookover , Elizabeth Burns
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"A breath of fresh air ... an exciting and essential book for those librarians ready to take up the challenge of keeping their libraries
relevant to the communities they serve."
—Library Journal


You loved the blog—now read the book! Whether you regularly follow entertainment and gossip news, or wondered “Corbin Who?” when you saw the recent ALA READ poster, Pop Goes the Library will help you connect with your users and energize your staff. Pop culture blogger-librarians Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns define what pop culture is (and isn’t) and share insights, tips, techniques, and success stories from all types of libraries.
You’ll discover practical strategies and ideas for incorporating the pop culture passions of your users into collections, programs, and services, plus a range of marketing and outreach ideas, technology tools, and ready-to-go programs you can start using today. Here is an eye-opening book that’s as much fun to read as it is to apply!


“From knowing your community to building programs and collections to trendspotting, you’ll find everything you need to know about libraries and popular culture in this entertaining read.”
— Linda W. Braun, 2008 President-Elect, YALSA

Crammed full of definitions, encouragement, program plans, and advice from the field, this title is an invaluable guide to pop library service for pop culture mavens and newbies alike.”
— Robin Brenner, No Flying, No Tights

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Written by the contributors to the blog PopGoestheLibrary, this work defines how popular culture can contribute to any library. Expanding from brief blog posts to a book, the authors explore what popular culture is and, more importantly, what it is not. Also examined are what it means to create a popular-culture collection and how to use popular culture to generate staff and public support. Real librarians and staff are represented in a Voices from the Field section in each chapter. The volume ends with four appendixes chock-full of resources and ideas for implementing the ideas presented. A comprehensive index makes this a valuable reference, while the writing style encourages reading cover to cover. Popular culture can be a powerful tool for helping libraries connect with their users, and this book is required reading. It will be updated at www.popgoesthelibrary.com/popbook. --Sara Marcus

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  • File Size: 1640 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc. (August 19, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WTZ53Y
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and recommended reading for any librarian November 14, 2008
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Libraries are viewed as antiques . . . I mean, who wants to read books? "POP Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community" is a guide for librarians who want to revitalize their library and making it valuable to society in at time where books are viewed as geeky and the love of trivial things rules all. With plenty of fresh ideas for librarians to encourage reading by using pop culture to advertise them, using information technology, and much more, "POP Goes the Library" is solid and recommended reading for any librarian.
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