Introduction to public librarianship
Here is the first comprehensive overview of public library history, governance, funding, staffing, services, architecture, technology, and marketing to be published in over a decade. Students of library and information studies, as well as all working public librarians, will find this the essential source for learning about the successful management and functioning of public libraries throughout the U.S. today. Kathleen McCook, one of the country's leading library educators, compares our library system to those of other nations, details the history of public libraries and information movements, and explains both differing state funding models and state library standards. Dr. McCook discusses the practical functioning of various library programs--information and referral services, discussion groups, genealogy services, and children's, youth, and seniors' programming. Issues of library administration and operation, especially in light of new technology, are explored. State and federal laws, political and educational outreach, and relations with associations and foundations are all discussed in detail.
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This gargantuan effort by one of this country's most insightful and productive library educators is the first comprehensive textbook that addresses the full dimensions of public librarianship in America, adding substantial information about administrative structures, legal bases, funding sources, programs, and services. McCook's viewpoint is academic and institutional, but despite her dependence on what may be the most extensive and intensive literature search, she corrects parts of the record. The role of women in public library history finally gets the in-depth attention it deserves as does the relationship of libraries with other institutions and with society at large. The part played by library associations, particularly by the American Library Association and its Public Library Association unit, is given more weight than necessary. McCook also overemphasizes the importance of the American Library Trustee Association, to which only a small percentage of U.S. library trustees belong. Also missing is coverage of the library press. While useful for students, the overabundance of graphs, charts, and appendixes will be obstacles to casual readers. But these are mere quibbles when the work as a whole is a treasure, an essential tool for the LIS teacher. The appendix of suggested readings alone is worth the price. Kudos to McCook for this massive reservoir of original research and thoughtful analysis that will serve as a corrective to its less-thorough predecessors.--John Berry, Library Journal
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Some good information here. A good resource for public librarianship.
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