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Introduction to Public Librarianship, Third Edition
Kathleen de La Peña McCook and Jenny S. Bossaller; foreword by Felton Thomas Jr.
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1506-6
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $72.00
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416 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1506-6
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C

This title will be available Fall 2017. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

Put simply, there is no text about public librarianship more rigorous or comprehensive than McCook's survey. Now, the REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author has teamed up with noted public library scholar and advocate Bossaller to update and expand her work to incorporate the field's renewed emphasis on outcomes and transformation. This essential tool (Library Journal) remains the definitive handbook on this branch of the profession. It covers every aspect of the public library, from its earliest history through its current incarnation on the cutting edge of the information environment, including
  • statistics, standards, planning, evaluations, and results;
  • legal issues, funding, and politics;
  • organization, administration, and staffing;
  • all aspects of library technology, from structure and infrastructure to websites and makerspaces;
  • adult services, youth services, and children's services;
  • associations, state library agencies, and other professional organizations;
  • global perspectives on public libraries; and
  • advocacy, outreach, and human rights.
Exhaustively researched and expansive in its scope, this benchmark text continues to serve both LIS students and working professionals.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

About the Authors

Kathleen de la Peña McCook
is Distinguished University Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida in Tampa. The Chicago Public Library recognized McCook as a “Scholar in Residence” where she did a system wide series of events on the role of the public library in building communities in 2003. Author of numerous articles, she has also contributed to many books on librarianship, including Service Learning, Libraries & Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty, and The Portable MLIS. She is member of the editorial boards of the journals Progressive Librarian and The Library Quarterly. She was the Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference and spoke on “Librarians and Human Rights.” She was the recipient of REFORMA's Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award in 2016.

Jenny S. Bossaller is Associate Professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies. She earned her MA in Library Science in 2005, worked at the MOBIUS consortium from 2005 – 2008, and earned a PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies in 2010. She has been active in state, national and international conferences and committees, including Missouri Library Association (MLA), ALA, ALISE, ASIS&T, and IFLA. She has served on the editorial board of RUSQ for the past four years. Her scholarship covers a wide range of topics, such as free speech, public librarians' role in the Affordable Care Act, library management, equity, education, indigenous knowledge, and reference work. Her teaching focuses on information access, public libraries, and intellectual freedom. She is the co-PI on the Public Library Leadership (PuLL) project, which aims to develop new public librarian leaders with an awareness of community needs, and which involves work with many public librarians across Missouri.

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