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Librarians As Community Partners

Librarians As Community Partners

by Carol Smallwood

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VOYA - Caitlin Augusta
Smallwood presents 66 library outreach projects, each authored by librarians from a variety of settings and geographies. Ten different sections group the projects under loose headings such as "Classroom Outreach," "Diversity Outreach," and "Community Group Outreach and Collaboration." The endeavors originate from academic, public, school, and special libraries. While this book does not focus specifically on teen services, the book contains a wealth of ideas and practical tips that most librarians will find inspiring and useful. The book makes a strong case for the benefits of collaboration, backed up by specific projects and quantifiable results. Within the pages, librarians can contemplate digitizing their special collections, creating a library art gallery, or working with home-schooled teens. Ideas range from homework clubs for English Language learners to marketing a college library's services with candy. Given its 34 authors, the writing stays surprisingly consistent, and the text is straightforward without being excessively dry. These previously unpublished essays range from 1900-2100 words, which make them easy to browse. Contributors include past ALA president Loriene Roy, as well as Meryle Leonard of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. While the contributors cover projects for children, teens, college students, and adults, the reader will feel these projects can be adapted for use by most libraries, size and community resources permitting. For libraries contemplating new roles in their communities, this will serve as a useful brainstorming tool. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta
Library Journal
Thirty-seven public, school, and academic librarians here share "how we did outreach good" and produce a joyful collection. These examples will inspire and fire up staff involved with event planning, programming, and extending their library's presence and effectiveness in the community. Beyond a bounty of ideas are practical suggestions and examples that can be used for the library to approach organizations, groups, and governmental entities for grant applications. While the creative is foremost, the financial and efficient are also addressed with the essential details of who did what, how it was funded, and the nature of follow-up. This reviewer's favorite example—the Edible Book Contest—comes complete with advice on cleanup and disasters. VERDICT Success always requires resources, dedication, and much planning, but even the smallest library with a handful of staff could benefit from this book. Wherever there is a need to increase awareness of library services in the community or reach out to groups that are under utilizing your library, this handbook can be useful. For all libraries.—J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., Fitzgerald, GA

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