Introduction to Public Librarianship, Fourth Edition

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NOTE: This title will be available Summer 2024. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available. 

Exhaustively researched and expansive in its scope of topics both traditional and timely, this updated text continues to serve both LIS students and current practitioners.

Dubbed "a peerless ambassador for public libraries, educating future professionals, current professionals in other parts of the field, and anyone else interested about the irreplaceable and irrepressible entities that are public libraries” (Library Quarterly), the newest edition of this trusted resource has been reimagined and restructured to make it even more relevant and useful. The definitive handbook on this branch of the profession, it covers every aspect of the public library, from its earliest history through its current incarnation on the cutting edge of the information environment, including

  • a new chapter on financing which covers traditional sources, creative funding, capital campaigns, special projects, and the pros and cons of public/private partnerships;
  • statistics, standards, planning, evaluations, and results;
  • legal issues and politics, including how different states are set up, the role of state libraries, defining service population, and when the law and values conflict (such as union/non-union scenarios);
  • updated coverage of important advocacy issues, including advocacy for access, the legal limits of advocacy, involving the community in advocacy, and communicating the effectiveness of the public library to stakeholders;
  • organization, administration, and staffing, from the differences between small libraries and large systems to current issues like non-MLIS library workers and unionization;
  • a new approach to learning about who public libraries serve by utilizing community analysis, community needs assessments, and diversity considerations;
  • adult services, youth services, children's services, and serving special populations such as older adults, adults with special needs, schools, daycares, and the incarcerated;
  • all aspects of library technology, from structure and infrastructure to websites and makerspaces;
  • buildings, library spaces and library services outside of the library;
  • associations, state library agencies, and other professional organizations;
  • disaster planning and recovery from technological, ecological, and biological disasters, new to this edition; and
  • global perspectives on public libraries.

Imprint: ALA Neal-Schuman

Published: Summer 2024

Pages: 312

Sku: 9798892555630

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