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A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building
Kathleen de la Peña McCook
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0788-7
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $25.00
 
 
 
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128 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0788-7
Year Published: 2000
From urban giants to small towns across the country, there is a palpable hunger for a greater sense of community. Libraries, as they continue to provide a vital public service, are in a unique position to help satisfy this hunger. Unfortunately, they are often left out of the discussion initiated by theorists, writers, planners, activists and civic planners. Award-winning librarian, educator, author and activist, Kathleen de la Peña McCook challenges librarians everywhere to get involved early and often by demanding a place at the community planning and development table. From the author's examples of real-life librarians who have blazed community building trails, you will learn how to:
  • Build a grassroots campaign
  • Strengthen your library’s connections in the community by forming powerful partnerships
  • Become involved in policy making early
  • Promote your library’s tangible assets


Visit the companion website for this book at A Place at the Table


1 The Sense of Community
2 Diverse Communities: The Challenge to Community Building
3 Visions of Community: Toward Comprehensiveness and a Library Presence
4 Factors for Successful Community Building: How the Work of Librarians Fits
5 Librarians Who Build Community Voices from the Front Lines
6 Cybercommunity Building and Librarians
7 Closing the Circle: Connecting the Public Library Transformation Process to Community Building
8 New Models of Work: A Librarian at Every Table
9 Power Dies the Moment Action Ceases
About the Author
Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Ph.D., currently serves at the University of South Florida as director of and professor at the School of Library and Information Science.
Reviews
“This well-referenced and documented book is an inspiring guidebook for public library administrators wanting to become more involved in community building.”
—Public Libraries

“For those libraries wishing to heighten their profile in the community and desirous of making a meaningful contribution to community building, this title is a most useful starting point.”
—Australian Library Journal

“For those libraries wishing to heighten their profile in the community and desirous of making a meaningful contribution to community building, this title is a most useful starting point.”
—Australian Library Journal
 
 

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