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Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries (PLA On-Demand Webinar)—INDIVIDUAL USER
Vanessa Irvin Morris for PLA
Item Number: 0515-1301
Publisher: PLA
Price: $28.00
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“Street Lit is all about stories: Stories that come from real lives lived in neighborhoods where streets, sidewalks and corners interweave and intersect and connect… Stories about human beings who walk, talk, and think, laugh, cry, and drink, fight, make love and raise kids, sometimes right on stoops and porches… Stories about communities where money can be seemingly scarce or found hidden underground a mainstream economy… as above, so below…” —Vanessa Irvin Morris

Join PLA and presenter Vanessa Irvin Morris for this on-demand webinar highlighting the popular literary genre, street lit, also known as urban fiction. Morris not only explores the historical context for the genre as well as the characteristics and sub-genres, she also provides concrete ideas for collection development, readers’ advisory, and programming.

This archived webinar was originally presented May 15, 2013.

Running time: 58 minutes
About the Authors

Vanessa Irvin Morris is an Assistant Professor at the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (The iSchool at Drexel). She has spent 20 years serving in academic, special, school media, and public libraries. Her research interests include the socio-cultural anthropology of small, urban, and rural libraries, literacy practices of public service librarians, and literacy practices enacted and learned in Second Life. Morris founded and facilitated a teen book club focusing on street lit, working with inner-city teens at a Philadelphia library from 2005-2008. She is currently pursuing her EdD and is conducting her dissertation research on "Street Literature as Collaborative Inquiry for Urban Public Service Librarians" at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She blogs at Street Literature. She was awarded the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Zora Neale Hurston Award in 2012.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

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