Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0810891814
ISBN-10: 0810891816
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Authored by the ethnic studies librarian and multicultural coordinator at the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana in Missoula, the teen librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, and the adult services librarian at the Peabody Institute Library, this work offers 15 chapters organized into 3 parts: the what and why of community-centered libraries, how to create community-centered libraries, and inspiration for community-centered libraries. Intended for the public librarian, 'this work demonstrates how public libraries can position themselves as active and vibrant centers of community life in the twenty-first century' (p. vii). Drawing on real-life examples, the co-authors demonstrate through case studies how libraries of all sizes, demographics, and budgets in the United States can and do work to become community-centered. Drawing on what has already been done, sharing tips, tricks, inspiration, what to do, and what not to do, this book will encourage and enable any public library to become more community-centered. Librarians in other types of libraries can also benefit from selected chapters, based on the community needs, whether looking to find the importance and relevance of being community-centered; how to allocate the resources, collaborate, and obtain grants; or determining how to focus on civic action, sustainability, the arts, or other purposes. Down-to-earth and practical, yet packed with ideas and inspiration, this work is beneficial to any public library’s professional collection. (American Reference Books Annual)

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Julie Biando Edwards is the Ethnic Studies Librarian and Multicultural Coordinator at the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana in Missoula. Melissa S. Robinson is the Teen Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, MA. Kelley Rae Unger is the Adult Services Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, MA.

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  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0810891816
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (May 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CM6WU4O
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Before I give my review, in the interest of full disclosure one of the authors is a friend of mine. That said, this is a must read for anyone who loves libraries. Whether you work in one, volunteer, or are a community leader, you will find incredibly useful ideas on changing your local institution into one that that will appeal to and attract everyone in your community. Given that more and more libraries not just in the U.S. but other countries are closing or having their hours drastically reduced, it is essential that libraries look to other ways of staying relevant. Edwards, Robinson, and Unger do this in a very easy to to read, appealing style. The book is divided into three main sections: The What and Whys of Community-Centered Libraries; How to Create Community-Centered Libraries; and Inspiration for Community-Centered Libraries. Each section gives a multitude of examples of how libraries have transformed themselves by not only maintaining their leadership as institutions of learning, but have added programs and services whether they're geared toward those in need of jobs and housing, the homeless and disabled, the LGBT community,or teens which not only draws them to the library, but also makes them feel like valued members of the community. They do this by forming partnerships with not only community and business leaders, but also with but also with their own patrons such as local professionals, activists, artists, and teens. Collaboration is the prevailing theme throughout this book which is especially important given that libraries often lack the funds for programming and other extras. By the end of this book your head will be filled with so many inspired ideas, you'll immediately want to start implementing them!
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