This book is for those moving their library beyond places to find information. Written by practicing public librarians and an academic librarian with an interest in public libraries, the book focuses on how public libraries can become more community centered and, by doing so, how they can transform both themselves and their communities. The authors argue that focusing on building community through innovative and responsive services and programs will be the best way for the public library to reposition itself in the years to come.
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.
Foreword by Kathleen de la Pena McCook Introduction Part 1 Chapter 1 - Community-Centered Library Services: Their Importance and Relevance Chapter 2 - Community-Centered Libraries: The Hearts of Revitalized Communities Chapter 3 - The Future of Libraries, Now Part 2 Chapter 4 - Allocate the Resources Chapter 5 - Think Like a Programmer Chapter 6 - Networking Chapter 7 - Collaborations Chapter 8 - Get Grants Part 3 Chapter 9 - Libraries as Centers of Civic Action Chapter 10 - Libraries as Centers for Sustainability Chapter 11 - Libraries as Cultural Reflections of the Community Chapter 12 - Libraries as Community Centers for Diverse Populations Chapter 13 - Libraries as Centers for the Arts Chapter 14 - Libraries as Universities Chapter 15 - Libraries as Champions of Youth Conclusion