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Introduction to Public Librarianship, Second Edition
Kathleen de La Peña McCook
Item Number: 978-1-55570-697-5
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $72.00
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524 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-697-5
Year Published: 2011

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Here is the much anticipated second edition of author Kathleen de la Peña McCook’s groundbreaking one-of-a-kind resource that is used in libraries and universities across the nation and definitively sets the standard for public librarianship literature. Cited as one of the top twenty researchers in library science, de la Peña McCook, a distinguished university professor and renowned public library scholar, has thoroughly revised and updated every one of the book’s chapters to provide both professionals and LIS students with the most current and comprehensive introduction to public librarianship. McCook covers every aspect of the public library, from its earliest history to its current incarnation in the 21st century information environment. Following three engaging chapters on the history of public libraries, her thorough Table of Contents includes:

  • Statistics, Standards, Planning, Evaluations and Results
  • Organization, Law, Funding, Politics, Publicity
  • Administration and Staffing
  • Structure and Infrastructure. Web sites. Library 2.0
  • Adult Services
  • Youth Services
  • Associations, State Library Agencies, Standards, Rankings and Quality of Life
  • Global Perspectives on Public Libraries
  • Human Rights: A New Paradigm for Public Library Service
Readers will especially welcome the new coverage of Web 2.0 and its massive impact, as well as global perspectives on the public library, and insight into the relationship between public library services and human rights.

Exhaustively researched and expansive in its coverage, Introduction to Public Librarianship, Second Edition continues to live up to the description that appeared in Public Libraries (September/October 2007): “a fact-filled compendium of valuable information, a handbook for the working librarian, educator, and researcher.”

About the Author

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.

"Effectively balancing between information and knowledge, practice and research, and common history and hidden history, Kathleen de la Peña McCook’s new edition of her Introduction to Public Librarianship does an exemplary job of encapsulating the epic sweep of public librarianship in an engaging manner. Exploding with examples of current services, policies, and programs in public libraries around the country, many useful statistics, historical and contemporary anecdotes, sidebars about underrepresented groups, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading on every topic, this book tops the 500-page mark, yet nothing feels in excess. The book not only stands as an excellent introductory text to librarianship for new students, but it would make an excellent reference for current library professionals and should be required reading for any faculty members working with future public library professionals."
--Library Quarterly

"The text is generously complemented by tables and charts containing a wealth of statistical information, reproductions of policy statements, and other important documents … it will be of value to anyone looking at the development of public library services in the international context. Of particular usefulness is the clearly up-to-date bibliography of over 100 pages."
--The Australian Library Journal

"… most chapters … have been extensively revised to reflect recent developments and current tools … Introduction to Public Librarianship is the most comprehensive one-volume text on this topic … one of the go-to texts for public librarianship."

"The work as a whole is a treasure, an essential tool for the LIS teacher. Kudos to McCook for this massive reservoir of original research and thoughtful analysis that will serve as a correction to its less-thorough predecessors."
--Library Journal

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