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Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook

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Including 64 focused snapshots of outreach in action, this resource reflects the creative solutions of librarians searching for new and innovative ways to build programs that meet customer needs while expanding the librarys scope into the community.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by American Library Association (first published January 1st 2009)
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Professional development/nonfiction. A compilation of various projects completed by academic, school and public libraries. Really good ideas in here:

* License to Learn contest (p. 46-47) takes library card drive a step further, with schools earning "Honor Roll" status by inviting lib. staff to school events, linking to library on school website, displaying lib. materials, and participating in at least one library card drive. HR schools are rewarded with certificates, names are displayed on poste
The one suggestion I was keen on was "One Community One Story" project.. getting the City and other entities behind reading the same book and scheduling events and panels around the subject matter of the book..
This book was probably not exactly meant to be read all the way through, but that's how I read it. Anyway, it consisted of short but informative examples of library and community outreach for all types of libraries and archives, written by actual librarians/archivists who have done the programs themselves. There were some really awesome ideas, especially for public libraries. The academic library outreach examples were all pretty much the same (a One Book One (City Name Here) type of program), s ...more
Not a book that I read cover-to-cover, but one which was subdivided into many chapters containing case studies of specific types of outreach, ex. Seniors, correctional facilities, book festivals, etc. Definitely worthy of thumbing through when looking for ideas on programs, however it's not a step-by-step guide. Case studies can spark some ideas though, and since this book is very current you can probably reach all the contributors. The book doesn't include contact information, but as you have t ...more
This books contains several short article summaries of outreach programs of various types--outreach to teenagers, elderly, ESOL learners, prisoners, unemployed persons, children etc. Many articles talk about partnerships with community organizations. While the articles vary in quality I found it a good book to look through for ideas for outreach programs/events/services. Articles include examples from both public and academic libraries. This book has expanded my ideas about how libraries can be ...more
This was an interesting way to arrange a book - it seemed like there were a lot of disparate ideas from a large variety of libraries on how to tackle a large variety of problems. If you're looking for specific ideas, this may not be the book for you, but if you're just wanting to read through case studies of other people's work to see if anything looks interesting, then this is just the ticket.

Not worth buying for my personal shelf, but worth reading through.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Really, I just skimmed this one, trying to find relevant passages for a paper I'm writing. However, this book has some fantastic suggestions for a library that wants to take the next step when it comes to outreach. School and community visits are great, but this book gives examples and suggestions for how to go beyond the visits and make the library part of the community.
Hannah Jo Parker
This collection of short essays about outreach activities that librarians have tried in a variety of settings is inspiring and helpful. I like the fact that the authors were comfortable with stating what worked, what didn't, and whether they would try the same activities again. I admire the ingenuity of these librarians and their tenacity.
helps you identify and court community leaders, organizations and non-profits; how to identify and avoid people who are toxic to the decision-making process or who are likely to thwart a plan.
Liz De Coster
Handbook is a bit of a misnomer - the selections were more summaries of outreach work than guides. Covers a pretty good breadth of program types and targeted groups.
Mary Ann
good, short case studies from a wide range of projects
skimmed this. lots of practical ideas.
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