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( Download Kindle ) ì Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library Ø This book is for those moving their library beyond places to find information Written by practicing public librarians and an academic librarian with an interest in public libraries, the book focuses on how public libraries can become community centered and, by doing so, how they can transform both themselves and their communities The authors argue that focusing on building community through innovative and responsive services and programs will be the best way for the public library to reposition itself in the years to come Repositioning the library acknowledges that information is in abundance in contemporary life And while accessing information will always be at the heart of what libraries do, it isn t the only thing they do It may not be, in the future, even the most important thing that they do This book encourages librarians to admit that our role has evolved and to reframe the discussion so that it is about what we actually can do play an essential role in meeting community needs and building strong and vibrant local communities The authors argue that repositioning libraries as community centered institutions is a responsibility Libraries bring people together They create community, and they also create mini communities everything from book groups to writing circles to new citizen groups to linguistic or ethnic communities reflected in programming and in collections These mini communities help provide fellowship and foster relationships amongst the group members, but also, because they exist in the public place that is the library, help the larger community recognize and learn about the mini communities that create the larger community This is the work of libraries The book is divided into three parts which include explorations into the importance of the community centered library, practical advice on making your library community centered, and a showcase of community centered library programs, services and initiatives across the United States A special focus of the book is on how community development literature and practice can inform librarianship, with an emphasis on Asset Based Community Development principles The book looks at how community centered libraries build individual and community assets and how, in doing so, they serve as essential community anchors and institutions A wonderful exploration of the relationship between libraries and their communities in every sense Detailed and providing real life examples as well as lots of perspective and philosophy behind the many ways in which libraries engage with their communities and the various and diverse populations they serve. 3.5 stars Edwards, Rauseo Unger provide a framework for positioning the public library in the 21st century community The authors begin with concepts, models, and theories related to what position a library might appropriately take as a community building organization, and then move to strategies as to how libraries might effectively achieve this role The authors conclude with seven detailed scenarios related to specific community building responsibilities a library might take on, including youth advoc Edwards, Rauseo Unger provide a framework for positioning the public library in the 21st century community The authors begin with concepts, models, and theories related to what position a library might appropriately take as a community building organization, and then move to strategies as to how libraries might effectively achieve this role The authors conclude with seven detailed scenarios related to specific community building responsibilities a library might take on, including youth advocacy and support for new immigrants.Transforming Libraries, Building Communities is modern, informed, and energizing The ideas presented within will certainly solidify the public library as a relevant, needed organization with a key role in building and strengthening its community Specifically, the authors present compelling evidence to suggest that community development models are appropriate for libraries to use when determining a community centered approach to services Highly recommended for library professionals and para librarians, especially those working with traditionally underserved population groups