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Public Library Services for the Poor Doing All We Can

Public Library Services for the Poor Doing All We Can

Author: Leslie Edmonds Holt, Glen E. Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2020

Among public institutions, the library has great potential for helping the poor and disenfranchised. For many, the library is the only refuge for information, literacy, entertainment, language skills, employment help, free computer use and even safety and shelter. Experts Glen and Leslie Holt, with decades of service to inner city communities between them, challenge librarians to do more for poor people. While recognizing the financial crunch libraries are under, the authors offer concrete advice about programs and support for this unique group, showing you how to . Train staff to meet the unique needs of the poor, including youth.Cooperate with other agencies in order to form partnerships and collaborations that enrich library services to the poor and homeless.Find help, financial and other, for your library.This ground-breaking work demonstrates how five Key Action Areas adopted by the ALA Council (Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy) apply especially to this disadvantaged population, and motivates librarians to use creative solutions to meet their needs.

Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction, 2019

Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction, 2019

Author: HW Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2020

Wilson's Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction (17th Edition, 2019) recommends reference and nonfiction books for the general adult audience. It is a guide to over 9,000, plus review sources and other professional aids for librarians and media specialists.

The Public Library in the Bibliographic Network

The Public Library in the Bibliographic Network

Author: Betty Turock Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

This book, first published in 1986, focuses on valuable information to all public library professionals who have questions about their participation in bibliographic networks. Contributors provide insights into both the benefits and the costs of networking by libraries of varying sizes and geographic locations. The actual uses of networks, their costs (including initial and ongoing expenses), and staffing needs are clearly explained.

Teaching Adult Learners A Guide for Public Librarians

Teaching Adult Learners A Guide for Public Librarians

Author: Jessica A. Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2019

As adult instruction becomes a more common part of library practice, librarians need guidance in an area that may not always have been a part of their library science education. This book provides the instruction necessary to instruct adult patrons. Presenting complex concepts and ideas in an easy-to-understand format, this book applies learning theory to real-life situations and provides a much-needed resource for those responsible for or seeking to instruct adults in library settings. The book introduces learning principles and techniques that will enhance your classes, programs, and one-on-one interactions as well as increase the memory retention of participants. It will help you not only to promote learning but also to create positive library interactions and build retention. Current library instructional and theoretical texts address instructional programming but do not explain how the instructor handles learning instruction differently for individuals, general audiences, and specific audiences, or in passive situations such as through handouts or online interactions. This guide differs from other works in that it addresses all adult services positions, not only those with the title of instructional librarian, and addresses the full scope of instruction that librarians need to better meet patron needs. * Helps librarians who don't have teaching degrees to understand how adults most commonly learn * Applies educational theory to everyday situations (e.g., why an elderly person may have trouble using an iPhone) * Addresses physical considerations external to the teacher-student relationship that affect learning (e.g., a cold or hot room can make it hard to pay attention)

LGBTQ+ Librarianship in the 21st Century Emerging Directions of Advocacy and Community Engagement in Diverse Information Environments

LGBTQ+ Librarianship in the 21st Century Emerging Directions of Advocacy and Community Engagement in Diverse Information Environments

Author: Bharat Mehra Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Libraries are at the heart of many of the communities they serve. Increasingly, it is important for them to adjust to serve minority groups, including LGBTQ+ communities. This collection presents original scholarship on the emerging directions of advocacy and community engagement in LGBTQ+ librarianship. With contributions from library and information professionals, this volume explores how librarians and library professionals can embrace a more proactive role as social justice advocates, and help promote fairness, justice, equality, equity, and activism on behalf of LGBTQ+ people. Starting within the library space, the volume offers an introduction to terminology and resources around LGBTQ+ information, before moving on to explore examples of how LGBTQ+ librarianship can adopt innovative approaches to better serve their patrons in select settings around the world. Including case studies on health services, historical archives, and LGBTQ+ homelessness, this collection dispels misperceptions and myths surrounding social justice research and is vital for any researcher or practitioner interested in supporting evolving communities.

Early Learning through Play Library Programming for Diverse Communities

Early Learning through Play Library Programming for Diverse Communities

Author: Kristin Grabarek, Mary R. Lanni Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2019

This creative guidebook teaches librarians in diverse communities how to develop and implement early learning programming beyond traditional storytimes. While traditional library storytimes are excellent tools for families, equally important is play. Children learn through play in many ways; it stimulates exploration and curiosity and builds gross and fine motor skills that are critical to reading and writing success. Perhaps most importantly, play has the power to cross barriers of culture and language, allowing families from differing backgrounds to learn together. In this book, Kristin Grabarek and Mary R. Lanni-the pioneers of Little University, an early learning program that focuses on play-based learning-share their experiences and provide guidance for implementing similar programs at libraries of various sizes and budgets. They teach readers how to create programs for a diverse group of families, work with outside providers, choose supplies, estimate costs, market your programming, and overcome the challenges of both big and small budgets and many or few patrons. These practical plans will enhance storytimes and even help build a brand-new early learning program. * Connects library programs to parents' desire for children to begin formal learning at an early age * Offers a blueprint for making play a sustainable early-learning program series for budgets big and small * Includes ideas for making early learning activities relevant to the six early literacy skills in a public library setting * Emphasizes how library programming can support early childhood development and prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond * Shares tips for marketing the program to parents and caregivers

The Lost Library The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

The Lost Library The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Author: Dan Rabinowitz Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2019

The Strashun Library was among the most important Jewish public institutions in Vilna, and indeed in Eastern Europe, prior to its destruction during World War II. Mattityahu Strashun, a man descended from a long and distinguished line of rabbis, bequeathed his extensive personal library of 5,753 volumes to the Vilna Jewish community upon his death in 1885, with instructions that it remain open to all. In the summer of 1941, the Nazis came to Vilna, plundered the library, and shipped many of its books to Germany for deposition at a future Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question. When the war ended, the recovery effort began. Against all odds, a number of the greatest treasures of the library could be traced. However, owing to its diverse holdings and its many prewar patrons, a custody battle erupted over the remaining holdings. Who should be heir to the Strashun Library? This book tells the story of the Strashun Library from its inception through the contentious battle for ownership following the war. Pursuant to a settlement in 1958, the remnants of the greatest prewar library in Europe were split between two major institutions: the secular YIVO in the United States and the religious library of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, a compromise that struck at the heart of the library's original unifying mission.

The Lost Library - The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

The Lost Library - The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Author: Dan Rabinowitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2018

The Strashun Library was among the most important Jewish public institutions in Vilna, and indeed in Eastern Europe, prior to its destruction during World War II. Mattityahu Strashun, a man descended from a long and distinguished line of rabbis, bequeathed his extensive personal library of 5,753 volumes to the Vilna Jewish community upon his death in 1885, with instructions that it remain open to all. In the summer of 1941, the Nazis came to Vilna, plundered the library, and shipped many of its books to Germany for deposition at a future Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question. When the war ended, the recovery effort began. Against all odds, a number of the greatest treasures of the library could be traced. However, owing to its diverse holdings and its many prewar patrons, a custody battle erupted over the remaining holdings. Who should be heir to the Strashun Library? This book tells the story of the Strashun Library from its inception through the contentious battle for ownership following the war. Pursuant to a settlement in 1958, the remnants of the greatest prewar library in Europe were split between two major institutions: the secular YIVO in the United States and the religious library of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, a compromise that struck at the heart of the library's original unifying mission.

The Library Book

The Library Book

Author: Susan Orlean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2018

A New York Times Book of the Year, 2018 A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries. After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why? With her characteristic humour, insight and compassion, Orlean uses this terrible event as a lens through which to tell the story of all libraries - their history, their meaning and their uncertain future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world. Filled with heart, passion and extraordinary characters, The Library Book discusses the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

Public Libraries in the Smart City

Public Libraries in the Smart City

Author: Dale Leorke, Danielle Wyatt Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2018

Far from heralding their demise, digital technologies have lead to a dramatic transformation of the public library. Around the world, libraries have reinvented themselves as networked hubs, community centres, innovation labs, and makerspaces. Coupling striking architectural design with attention to ambience and comfort, libraries have signaled their desire to be seen as both engines of innovation and creative production, and hearts of community life. This book argues that the library's transformation is deeply connected to a broader project of urban redevelopment and the transition to a knowledge economy. In particular, libraries have become entangled in visions of the smart city, where densely networked, ubiquitous connectivity promises urban prosperity built on efficiency, innovation, and new avenues for civic participation. Drawing on theoretical analysis and interviews with library professionals, policymakers, and users, this book examines the inevitable tensions emerging when a public institution dedicated to universal access to knowledge and a shared public culture intersects with the technology-driven, entrepreneurialist ideals of the smart city.

Public Library Programs and Services for Midlife and Beyond Expanding Opportunities for a Growing Population

Public Library Programs and Services for Midlife and Beyond Expanding Opportunities for a Growing Population

Author: Renee K. Bennett-Kapusniak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

Inspired by trends in U.S. public libraries, this book teaches librarians how to create a welcoming environment that enriches, enlightens, and engages their library's growing aging community. The number of adults aged 50+ coming to public libraries is steadily increasing. These patrons include active, healthy, tech-savvy professionals; people who have little or no computer training; retirees; travelers; and those who have age-related health and behavior issues. Public libraries have an opportunity to provide services for this growing and varied group. This book teaches librarians how to develop and expand adult public library programming and services, turning their library into a welcoming environment for the aging community. Public Library Programs and Services for Midlife and Beyond offers practical examples in areas including community collaboration, outreach, marketing, engagement, technology and social media, funding, and lifelong learning. It also incorporates up-to-date findings from the ALA's Guidelines for Library Services with 60+ Audience: Best Practices. Examples gathered by the author from extensive interviews with public librarians and directors illustrate what a range of libraries is successfully doing for the midlife-and-beyond community and encourage creative thinking about new programs and services. * Offers ways to create and expand adult library programs and services and cultivate an appreciation of lifelong learning * Combines engagement techniques in community collaboration and outreach with practical strategies in marketing and funding * Explores strategies within current U.S. public library adult services and programs for patrons middle-aged and older * Details up-to-date ALA guidelines for the 60+ adult population

Books, Buildings and Social Engineering Early Public Libraries in Britain from Past to Present

Books, Buildings and Social Engineering Early Public Libraries in Britain from Past to Present

Author: Alistair Black, Simon Pepper, Kaye Bagshaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2017

Public libraries have strangely never been the subject of an extensive design history. Consequently, this important and comprehensive book represents a ground-breaking socio-architectural study of pre-1939 public library buildings. A surprisingly high proportion of these urban civic buildings remain intact and present an increasingly difficult architectural problem for many communities. The book thus includes a study of what is happening to these historic libraries now and proposes that knowledge of their origins and early development can help build an understanding of how best to handle their future.