Building Community Program-Chicago Public Library Scholar in Residence-2003

April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

The Chicago Public Library Charlotte Kim Scholars in Residence Program included one weeklong series on Community Building in 2003. This is an example of a system-wide CE event on the topic.

Harold Washington Library Center
About Chicago Public Library:

* The Chicago Public Library was created directly from the ashes of the great Chicago Fire. After Chicago’s Great Fire of October 8, 1871, A.H. Burgess of London proposed an “English Book Donation” which he described, two months later, in the Tribune on December 7, 1871.

* On Monday, October 11, 1897, the Central Library, at Michigan Avenue between Washington and Randolph Streets, opened its doors to the public.

* Since first opening its doors to the public in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has maintained its status of one of the City’s most democratic of institutions ” providing all Chicagoans with a free and open place to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed.

* More than 70 locations of the Chicago Public Library are at the forefront of providing innovative library services, technologies and tools Chicagoans need to achieve their personal goals and to establish the City’s role as a competitive force in the global marketplace.

* Since 1989, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Library have opened 52 new or renovated neighborhood libraries unprecedented public library growth. These new libraries are that special third place” beyond home and work” where people come to improve their lives, nourish their intellect or simply to be entertained.The library is where people of all ages and backgrounds gather freely.

Chinatown branch of CPL

Legler branch of CPL
Lozano branch CPL
Near North
Near North branch-CPL
Visits to these four Chicago Public Library branches took place on  May 23, 2003 as part of the Scholar in Residence program.

The 2003 CPL’s Scholar in Residence Program:

As part of the Chicago Public Library’s ongoing commitment to share dialogue on important library issues, colleagues from other libraries were inmvited to participate in the Chicago Public Library’s sixth annual Scholar in Residence program. In 2003, the focus was “Libraries and Community Building.” The 2003 Scholar in Residence was Kathleen de la Peña McCook, University of South Florida distinguished university professor. She was in residence at the Chicago Public Library during the week of May 19-23, 2003.

In 2003, the Chicago Public Library offered six varied Scholar in Residence events:

* “Building the Community of Librarians: Making the Most of Your Library Career” – On May 19, 2003, this program featured Kathleen de la Peña McCook for those interested in becoming a librarian, already pursuing a Master’s degree in librarianship, or mentoring new librarians.

* “Libraries, Cultural Heritage Institutions, Lifelong Learning, Literacy and Community Building” – On May 20, 2003, this program featured a discussion based on two of Kathleen de la Peña McCook’s articles on public library roles and partnerships with other community institutions.

* “A Place At the Table: Libraries and Community Building” – On May 21, 2003, this program featured presentations by Kathleen de la Peña McCook, a panel of public library administrators and association leaders, and presentations by Chicago Public Library staff members and suburban public library directors.

* “Library Service to Hispanic Communities” – On May 22, 2003, this program shared practical tips on library services, collections, programs and Hispanic communities with Kathleen de la Peña McCook, 2002 Latino Librarian of the Year, and members of the Chicago Public Library Hispanic Services Committee.

* “Building the Community of Readers: Reader Advisory Service for Non-Fiction Readers” – On May 22, 2003, the program included a discussion with Kathleen de la Peña McCook on non-fiction reading and models for providing reader advisory services. At the time, she served on the American Library Association’s Notable Books Committee and was in the process of writing an article on reader advisory service to non-fiction readers.

* “Libraries Build Communities: Library Service to Diverse Communities” – On May 23, 2003, the Chicago Public Library Scholar in Residence Program offered a day-long tour of four Chicago Public Library branches: Chinatown, Legler, Lozano and Near North; information fairs; and presentations on library service to diverse communities. The program was co-sponsored by the LACONI Outreach and Programming Section.

To view the week’s complete agendas, please click here. This file will open in PDF.


Entry filed under: Valdosta State University.

“Community Building” columns in Reference and User Services Quarterly: 2000-2006. Turning the Page 2.0

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