Current Practices in Public Libraries

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A comprehensive look at contemporary trends and practices in public libraries

Current Practices in Public Libraries combines research, surveys, and practical experience to examine a variety of trends, issues, and practices in public library administration. The leading researchers in the field explore vital contemporary topics ranging from literacy instruction and advocacy to ethical concerns in the acquisition of foreign language materials. This practical professional guide presents examples of successful programs at individual libraries as well as results of comprehensive national surveys about funding, computers and Internet access, and branch closures.

Current Practices in Public Libraries presents an extensive look at advocacy, ethics, multicultural outreach, literacy training, marketing, and mentoring in today’s public libraries. This comprehensive resource examines a wide range of issues, including public library funding; contributing factors to the quality of public access computing and Internet services; the impact of public library closures; recent human rights violations in U.S. public libraries; supporting local small business development; how multiculturalism and automation can affect collection development and technical services; new leadership models; the use of marketing and advocacy to build and sustain support for public libraries; promoting family learning activities; and the case for small, independent libraries.

Current Practices in Public Libraries explores:

  • library funding
  • library expenditures
  • budget shortfalls
  • fiscal planning
  • Internet access and connectivity
  • library siting
  • library Bill of Rights
  • entrepreneurs
  • customization of library services
  • targeted services
  • acquisitions
  • collection development and management
  • outsourcing
  • state library agencies and associations
  • federal library programs and legislation
  • government relations
  • information literacy
  • tutoring
  • and much more
Current Practices in Public Libraries is an essential resource for librarians and library administrators working in public and academic settings, and for library sciences faculty and students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789036070
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Miller, PhD, MLS, is Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University. He formerly served as Head of Reference at Michigan State University and as Associate Dean of Libraries at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Miller is Past-President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, has served as Chair of the Choice Editorial Board, and is a frequent contributor to professional journals in addition to being a contributing editor of Library Issues. Dr. Miller teaches courses in English literature and library science, and in 2004 was named Instruction Librarian of the Year by the ACRL Instruction Section.

Rita M. Pellen, MLS, is Associate Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University, where she previously served as Assistant Director of Public Services and Head of the Reference Department. In 1993, she received the Gabor Exemplary Employee Award in recognition for outstanding service to the university, and in 1997 she received the "Literati Club Award for Excellence" for her outstanding paper published in The Bottom Line. She has served on committees in LAMA, ACRL, and ALCTS, as well as the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), a multi-type library cooperative in south Florida. Her honor society memberships include Beta Phi Mu and Phi Kappa Pi.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Public Libraries Today (William Miller)
  • The Status of Public Library Funding 2003-2005: Impact of Local Operating Revenue Fluctuations (Denise M. Davis)
  • Public Library Public Access Computing and Internet Access: Factors Which Contribute to Quality Services and Resources (John Carlo Bertot and Denise M. Davis)
  • Public Library Facility Closure: How Research Can Better Facilitate Proactive Management (Christie M. Koontz and Dean K. Jue)
  • Public Libraries and Human Rights (Kathleen de la Pena McCook and Katharine J. Phenix)
  • Open for Business: The NYPL Science, Industry, and Business Library Takes Stock (Kristin McDonough and Madeleine Cohen)
  • Effect of Multiculturalism and Automation on Public Library Collection Development and Technical Services (Phyllis Sue Alpert)
  • Swimming Upstream (Linda J. Mielke, Paula M. Singer, and Gail L. Griffith)
  • Marketing and Advocacy: Collaboration in Principle and Practice (James A. Nelson)
  • Politics and Advocacy: The Role of Networking in Selling the Library to Your Community (Charles R. McClure, Sari Feldman, and Joe Ryan)
  • Creating Advocacy for Public Libraries (Kathleen R. T. Imhoff)
  • Developing an Outreach Program Based on Freedom Songs (Leslie A. Acevedo)
  • From Literate to Information Literate Communities Through Advocacy (Carol A. Brey-Casiano)
  • A Literacy Center Where? A Public Library Finds Space to Promote and Provide Family Learning Activities (Tony Petruzzi and Mary Frances Burns)
  • The Personal Touch: A Case for a Small, Independent Library (L. Susan Hayes)
  • Mentoring GenX for Leadership in the Public Library (Gail Doherty)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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