After decades of cultural warfare and political gridlock, the U.S. is beginning to find its balance thanks to a major cultural shift toward strengthening communities and other endangered social structures. Civic Librarianship explores the ideas of this new community movement and shows how they can transform public libraries by offering a renewed sense of purpose and powerful new strategies for development.
Ronald B. McCabe (M.L.S. University of Kentucky) is Library Director, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He has presented widely on community building in libraries and has served as a consultant to Sarah Long, ALA President, 1999-2000, on her theme "Libraries Build Community."