Online Community Information: Creating a Nexus at Your Library

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0823-5
Published: 
2002
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
192
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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  • About the Authors
  • Reviews

Librarians are key players in bringing communities together. With the help of the Internet, they are in a position to revolutionize the way users access information and come together as a result. Indeed, libraries can function as both hubs to circulate local, national, and global information and as networks of local agencies, nonprofits, community activities, resources, events, and contacts.

Building from detailed research, this forward-looking new book addresses the ways that libraries can harness the power of the Internet to provide digitized community information to local audiences. Using its proven methods, hands-on tools, and best practices developed in libraries across the country, any library can design and build a dynamic and unifying community information site. Featuring three of the nation's leading community network sites (Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Free-Net, Suburban Chicago's NorthStarNet, and Portland, Oregon's CascadeLink), expert author team Durrance and Pettigrew outline innovative ways to present information for and about your community.

Featured are 23 examples of best practices from libraries around the country that help you approach:

  • Access issues and the digital divide
  • Community information services
  • Interactivity
  • Specialized content
  • Local government agency content
  • Civic partnerships

And 14 ways to improve your Community Information site, such as:

  • Providing users with greater specificity in searches
  • Following interface design principles to address information overload
  • Indicating sources, credentials, and date of entry

This well-researched, instructional guide will help you to truly create a nexus of information at your library and thereby amplify its visibility, prominence, and place in the community.

Preface
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: How the Public Uses Networked Community Information
Chapter 2:
From Vertical Files to the Web
The Impact of Digital CI on Public Library Information Services
Chapter 3: Public Library Participation in Community Networking
Chapter 4:
Benefits of Access to Community Information and Community Networks
Chapter 5: Best Practice
Public Libraries, Community Information, and Community Networking
Chapter 6: The Evaluation Challenge
Chapter 7:
Learning from Best Practice
Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations
Appendices
A Literature Review
B Methods
Bibliography
Index

Joan C. Durrance

Joan C. Durrance is Professor and Coordinator in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A leading authority on community information research, she is also the author of several books including Meeting Community Needs through Job and Career Centers and Armed for Action. She received ALA's Isadore Gilbert Mudge-R.R. Bowker Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Durrance earned her master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina and her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Karen E. Pettigrew

Karen E. Pettigrew is Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle. Teaching and researching in the area of human information behavior, she is an award-winning and widely published expert. Her collaboration with Joan Durrance began when she joined the University of Michigan School of Information as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in 1998-1999. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in library and information science from the University of Western Ontario.

"...especially recommended for librarians who want their academic, community corporate, or governmental library to be the best it can be in this modern information age of cyberspace, computerized data banks, and the World Wide Web."
—Midwest Book Review

"...addresses the ways that libraries can harness the power of the Internet to provide digitized community information to local audiences. Using proven methods, hands-on tools, and best practices developed in libraries across the country, a library can design and build a dynamic and unifying community information site."
—Computers in Libraries

"An exciting an excellent guide for any public library developing its community information resources."
—Library Journal

"...a solid, thorough job."
Technicalities

"...a useful and relevant book for all librarians involved in community librarianship."
New Library World

"For public librarians who are interested in developing or improving their CI networks, Online Community Information is a good place to start¡¬the best practices presented here can serve as inspiration to create your own CI services."
Information Today

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