Civic Librarianship: Renewing the Social Mission of the Public Library (Google eBook)

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 173 pages
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"After decades of cultural warfare and political gridlock, America is beginning to find its balance, thanks to a major cultural shift toward strengthening communities and other endangered social structures. Civil Librarianship explores the ideas of this new community movement and shows how these ideas can transform public libraries by offering a renewed sense of purpose and powerful new strategies for development. It reaffirms the traditional public library mission of providing education for a democratic society while offering a new vision for the future of the institution."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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In this dense, very sophisticated tome by the director of the McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids), readers will find (through determined, diligent reading) a reaffirmation of the author's ... Read full review

Contents

Americas Cultural Civil War
1
The Libertarian Public Library
27
The Community Movement
41
Civic Librarianship
75
Restoring Democratic Social Authority
85
Renewing the Educational Mission
95
A Center of the Community
103
Strategies for Building Communities
113
Library Services in a Social Context
121
Strengthening Library Politics
131
Specific Professional Concerns
143
The Future of the Public Library
153
Bibliography
161
Index
167
About the Author
173
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About the author (2001)

Ronald B. McCabe (M.L.S. University of Kentucky) is Library Director, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He has presented widely on community building in libraries and has served as a consultant to Sarah Long, ALA President, 1999-2000, on her theme "Libraries Build Community.

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