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Introduction to Public Librarianship

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub
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McCook, 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 (written by Barbara J. Ford, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor); Human rights: A new paradigm for public library service. Readers will especially welcome the new coverage of Library 2.0 issues, 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's (September/October 2007): a fact-filled compendium of valuable information, a handbook for the working librarian, educator, and researcher.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
The Landscape of Public Libraries in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 1
Public Libraries Todayp. 1
Referencesp. 9
Brahmins, Bequests, and Determined Women: The Beginnings to 1918p. 11
Print Culture and Precursors Influencing the Establishment of Tax-Supported Public Librariesp. 12
Tax-Supported Public Librariesp. 17
Developments from 1876 through 1918p. 34
Notesp. 41
Referencesp. 43
Public Library Growth and Values: 1918-Todayp. 49
Equalizing Library Opportunity: Toward a National Rolep. 49
Libraries at the Federal Levelp. 51
The Public Library after World War IIp. 53
The Evolution of the Public Library Messagep. 58
U.S. Public Libraries in Their Third Centuryp. 64
Notesp. 67
Referencesp. 69
Statistics, Standards, Planning, Results, and Quality of Lifep. 75
Making the Case: From Faith to Factp. 75
Statistics for Public Librariesp. 76
National Standards for Public Library Service: 1933-1966p. 78
Planning for Public Library Service: 1966-Presentp. 82
State Standards, Ratings, and Peer Comparisonp. 88
Evaluation, Outcomes, and Quality of Lifep. 91
Notesp. 94
Referencesp. 96
Organization, Law, Advocacy, Funding, and Politicsp. 101
The Organizational Basis of the Public Libraryp. 102
The Legal Basis of the Public Libraryp. 103
Library Fundingp. 118
Libraries and the Political Processp. 125
Notesp. 127
Referencesp. 127
Administration and Staffingp. 131
Organizational Structuresp. 131
Library Boardsp. 132
The Library Directorp. 138
Organization of the Public Library Staffp. 140
Broad-Based Issues Relating to Staffingp. 151
Unions and Better Salaries and Working Conditionsp. 153
Volunteersp. 154
Referencesp. 155
Structure and Infrastructurep. 159
The Symbolism of the Public Library Buildingp. 159
Public Library Buildings in the Beginningp. 162
Setting National Standards for Facilities and Federal Funds for Constructionp. 163
Public Library Buildings for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 166
Branches Both Physical and Digital, Bookmobiles, Joint-Use Libraries, and M-librariesp. 175
Planning the Infrastructure: LSTA, Public Access Computing, and Broadband USAp. 181
Protecting the Public and the Public Library: Security and Disaster Planningp. 186
Keeping Upp. 189
Notesp. 190
Referencesp. 192
Adult Servicesp. 199
Definitions and Milestonesp. 200
Functions of Adult Services as Reflections of Service Responsesp. 206
Service for Allp. 227
Notesp. 228
Referencesp. 231
Youth Servicesp. 241
Youth Services in Public Librariesp. 241
Historyp. 242
Post-World War II to the Presentp. 245
Professional Associationsp. 248
Competenciesp. 250
Censorshipp. 250
Types of Children and Youth Services Todayp. 252
Looking at the Future of Youth Servicesp. 274
Notesp. 274
Referencesp. 275
The Interconnective Nature of the Public Libraryp. 283
Connectionsp. 283
Professional Associationsp. 284
Urban, Rural, Bookmobile, and Outreach Organizationsp. 288
State Library Agenciesp. 289
Networks, Systems, and Consortiap. 296
Multitype Library Cooperativesp. 304
Social Networking, Groupware, and Collaborative Systemsp. 306
Librarians Ignoring Boundariesp. 307
Notesp. 308
Referencesp. 310
Global Perspectives on Public Librariesp. 313
History and Purpose of Public Libraries: A World Viewp. 314
Public Libraries Section of IFLA; IFLA Standards and Guidelinesp. 318
User Services, Collection Development, and Intellectual Freedomp. 322
Governance and Fundingp. 324
International Library Development Initiativesp. 328
Community Outreach and Servicesp. 332
Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as the Future of World Librarianshipp. 334
Referencesp. 335
The Future of Public Libraries in the Twenty-First Century: Human Rights and Human Capabilitiesp. 339
Access to Knowledge Is Fundamental to Human Developmentp. 341
The Public Library Is a Living Force for Culturep. 347
U.S. Public Library Service Responses as a Human Rights Typology Reflecting the IFLA Multicultural Library Manifestop. 350
Libraries and Human Rights: The Futurep. 353
Notesp. 355
Referencesp. 357
Selected Readingsp. 361
21st Century Learner Conference, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services: Welcoming Remarksp. 469
Community Foundations and the Public Library: Libraries for the Futurep. 475
Bibliography of National Statistics on Public Librariesp. 483
Indexp. 493
About the Author and Contributorsp. 521
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