Readings on Community Building and Libraries.

August 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm 2 comments

Recommended Readings on Community Building and Libraries
LBC Scholars
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians
Valdosta State University, 2011.


Bachowski, Donna. 2009. “Orlando Memory: Capturing Community Memories.” Florida Libraries 52, no. 2: 8-9.

Drueke, Jeanetta. 2006. “Researching Local Organizations: Simple Strategies for Building Social Capital” Reference & User Services Quarterly 45 Summer: 327-333.

Galan, Victoria. “Partners in Community Enhancement.” American Libraries 42, no. 3/4 (March/April 2011): 41

Garmer, Nancy. 2010. “Coleman Lecture Recognizes Special Commitments to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” SRRT Newsletter (September): 1.

Gehner, John. 2010. “Libraries, Low-Income People, and Social Exclusion.” Public Library Quarterly 29, no. 1: 39-47.

GLASS [Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services] libraries introduce facilities for local recording of audiobooks. GPLS News, December 2010.

Graham, Elizabeth and Roberta Sparks. 2010. “Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development: A Mayor’s Summit on Public Libraries.” Texas Library Journal 86, no. 1: 30-1.

Hildreth, Susan. 2007. “Engaging Your Community: A Strategy for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century.” Public Libraries 46, no. 3: 7-9.

Hill, Chrystie. 2009. Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community. Publisher: ALA Editions.

Hilyard, Nann Blaine. 2004. “Community Partnerships.” Public Libraries 43, no. 3:147-52.

Houlihan, Kathleen. “Changing Lives, One Story at a Time: The Austin Public Library’s Literature LIVE! Builds Community in Austin.” Texas Library Journal 87, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 26, 28-9.

Huwe, Terence K.. 2010. “Online History-Keeping for Outreach and Community Development.” Computers in Libraries 30, no. 1: 35-7.

LaRose, Robert, Sharon Strover, Jennifer L. Gregg and Joseph Straubhaar. 2011. “The impact of rural broadband development: Lessons from a natural field experiment.” Government Information Quarterly 28 (January 2011): 91-100.

Long, Sarah Ann. 2001. “Libraries build community.” Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences 39, no. 1: 15-22.

“Libraries seen as important community asset.” Library Journal (1976) 136, no. 3 (February 2011): 14.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña and Maria A. Jones. 2002. “Cultural heritage institutions and community building.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 41, no. 4: 326-9.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña. 2011. Introduction to Public Librarianship Neal-Schuman.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña. 2000. A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building. Publisher: ALA Editions.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña. 2004. “Public Libraries and People in Jail.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 44, no. 1: 26-30.

McCook, Kathleen de la Peña. 2000. Service Integration and Libraries: Will 2-1-1 be the Catalyst for Renewal?” Reference and User Services Quarterly 40 winter: 127-130.

Miller, Ellen G. and Patricia H. Fisher. 2007. “Getting on Your Community’s Leadership Team.” Georgia Library Quarterly 44, no. 1: 5-8.

Raleigh, Denise. “Fueled by the Power of Community.” Public Libraries 50, no. 1 (January/February 2011): 17-18.

Raphael, Molly. 2009. “The Transformational Power of Libraries in Tough Economic Times.” Library Leadership & Management 23, no. 3: 106.

Ristau, Stephen. 2010. “Get Involved: Promoting Civic Engagement through California Public Libraries.” California State Library Foundation Bulletin 12- 14.

Rutherford, Dawn. 2010. “Building Strong Community Partnerships: Sno-Isle Libraries and the Teen Project.” Young Adult Library Services 9: 23-5.

Senville, Wayne. 2009. “Libraries: The Hubs of Our Communities.” Mississippi Libraries 73, no. 3: 58-63.

Smallwood, Carol, ed. Librarians as community partners: an outreach handbook. American Library Association, 2010

Stoss, Frederick W.. 2003. “Sustainable Communities and the Roles Libraries and Librarians Play.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 42, no. 3: 206- 10.

Urban Libraries Council. 2010. Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities. This report profiles how a strategic and successful relationship between the public library and the local government can be formed in order to accomplish sustainability for a community. download free:

Vogelar, Kris. “Grandville Reads! Reflections on a Partnership, a Book, and Making a Difference.” Public Libraries 50, no. 3 (May/June 2011): 8-9.

Williment, Kenneth. “It Takes a Community to Create a Library.” Public Libraries 50, no. 2 (March/April 2011): 30-5.

Zach, Lisl and Michelynn Mcknight. 2010. “Special Services in Special Times: Responding to Changed Information Needs During and after Community-Based Disasters.” Public Libraries 49, no. 2: 37-43.

Zach, Lisl and Michelynn McKnight. 2010. “Innovative Services Improvised During Disasters: Evidence-Based Education Modules to Prepare Students and Practitioners for Shifts in Community Information Needs.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 51, no. 2: 76-85.


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September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Building Community One Book at a Time

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nicholehknox  |  September 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Library sign up month is a great time to reach out to schools, senior centers, recreation facilities, and different community groups and remind them of the library’s benefits. Library materials change and people who have not visited in a while may not realize that e-books scholarly databases and other technologies are easily available with a library card.

  • 2. michele croft  |  January 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    In July I began a post as Childrens Library Coordinator. As a Laura Bush scholar I knew building community was very important. As such my first major project in community building has been coordinating our libraries first Prime Time Family Reading Time. This has been made possible through a grant from Louisiana Humanities Endowment and GPLS. It truly involves getting the community involved. In talking and connecting with community organizations and businesses as well as families Prime Time can only be as successful as our community wants it to be. Part of the program relies on donations and food from community to help provide door prizes and a light meal for low income, at risk families that the program is aimed at. We are due to start February 2nd with the program. I have needed community building skills that I have learned about through the MLIS program at VSU.


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