Title The Relevant Library
Subtitle Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs
Author Vera Gubnitskaia, Carol Smallwood
ISBN 9781476670294
List price USD 55.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 298
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher McFarland (Eurospan Group)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Highlight[s] the many ways in which librarians engage with their dynamic and diverse user populations…chapters provide insight into various libraries’ strategies to stay relevant”

—Library Journal


“Erudite and invaluably informative…recommended”

—Midwest Book Review


“Presents the latest creative innovations to offer library users the most up-to-date services from technology through data gathering to access and programming.”

—Aline Soules, California State University


“Every great innovation starts with an idea. Learn how libraries transformed their idea into reality with this practical guide to library services.”

—Danielle King, Orange County Library System


“A great resource for non-librarian educators who support readers and lifelong learners of all ages.”

—Catherine Hiles, WUCF TV, Central Florida PBS


“Frank and relevant with ideas not only cutting-edge but practical, too.”

—Nicole Heintzelman, Winter Park Public Library


“Librarians looking for innovative ideas concerning collections, outreach, programming, and space will definitely find plenty of inspiration in this practical book.”

—Giovanna Badia, Liaison Librarian, McGill University.


At a time when libraries are no longer the leading proprietors of information, many library professionals find themselves rethinking their purpose. In this collection of new essays, contributors share their experiences and ideas for keeping libraries integral to changing communities.

Innovative approaches and best practices are discussed for strategic planning, packaging, branding and marketing, funding issues, physical spaces, collection needs and trends, partnerships, programming and services, professional education, and staffing.


Foreword (Scott Walter)

Preface (Vera Gubnitskaia and Carol Smallwood)


Part I. Enhancing Partnerships

Chapter 1. Orchestrating Collaborations: A Systematic Approach to Gaining Campus Allies
(Jamillah Scott-Branch, Vernice Riddick Faison and Danielle M. Colbert-Lewis)

Chapter 2. Getting Things to POP: How Collaboration, Umbrellas and Popcorn Machines Changed the Relevancy of the Auburn University at Montgomery Library (Jessica B. Hayes, Samantha Lynn Mcneilly and Phill  Johnson)

Chapter 3. An Academic Library Partnering with TRiO SSS to Increase Student Success (Carrie Girton, Krista Mcdonald and Jamie E. Viars)


Part II. Reevaluating Collections

Chapter 4. Paradox in Resource Development and Knowledge Organization: Negation of the Negation (Hong Cheng)

Chapter 5. Open Educational Resources: Why Libraries are Incentivizing Open Content Creation, Curation and Adaptation (Stacy Katz)

Chapter 6. Digitizing the Community Monthly Newspaper (Matt Cook)

Chapter 7. Redefining Collections: Circulating Kits for Playing and Making (Jezmynne Dene and Holly Jackson)

Chapter 8. Leaving a Legacy for 21st-Century Learners (Margaret Lincoln)


Part III. Redefining Information and Digital Needs

Chapter 9. The Need for Digital Coaches in Usvi Public Libraries (Anita Davis)

Chapter 10. Integrating ICT Literacy Through OERs (Lesley S. Farmer)

Chapter 11. Collaborating with Campus Partners to Promote User Cyber Security Awareness (Theresa R. Mcdevitt, Stephanie A. Taylor-Davis and Sara Parme)

Chapter 12. A Research Librarian in Every Pocket: Research Genius (Ben Rawlins and Andrew Adler)

Chapter 13. Innovating for the Changing Demographics of Students and Faculty Around the World Through Information Literacy Webinars
(Emily Scharf, Judy Geczi and Jodie L. Borgerding)


Part IV. Expanding Creativity

Chapter 14. Leveraging State Arts Funding to Promote Literary Events in Libraries (Mira Tanna)

Chapter 15. African American Glam in Missouri: Creating Successful Art Programming-Incubator Space at a Historically Black College Academic Library (Kymberly Keeton)

Chapter 16. Sounding Out: Texas Tech Libraries’ Crossroads Recording Studio, a Creative Process Service (Curtis L. Peoples and Kaley Daniel)

Chapter 17. Makerspace/Cakerspace: Making Space for the Makerspace at a Community College (Susannah Kopeck)


Part V. Emphasizing Data Gathering

Chapter 18. A New Approach to Space Planning in Libraries: The Image +  Text Survey (Rebecca Barham, Caroline Hallman and Mary Ann Venner)

Chapter 19. Using Data Strategically to Optimize Library Planning and Impact (Lesley S. Farmer)

Chapter 20. Action Research, Effective Communication and Your Library Program (Rebecca Marcum Parker)


Part VI. Extending Accessibility

Chapter 21. Opening Community Dialog with Wisdom Cafés (Wendy Pender)

Chapter 22. Diversity and Inclusion: Libraries as Accessible Places of Learning (JJ Pionke, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer and P.F. Anderson)

Chapter 23. Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Library (Mary Beth Riedner, Karen Maki and Miriam Anderson Lytle)


Part VII. Rethinking the Environment

Chapter 24. The Sky’s the Limit: Providing E-Book Access to Airport Travelers (Kim Becnel and Karen Pate Moore)

Chapter 25. Sustaining Community Gathering Places and Useful Work Spaces (Heather Terrell)

Chapter 26. Learning Commons in Action: Connecting Innovative Learning Outcomes to the Library (Brittney Thomas)

Chapter 27. Rebranding the Library Environment (Megan Mac Gregor)


Part VIII. Transforming Programming

Chapter 28. Public Libraries Helping Patrons with Legal Needs: Virtual Pro Se Clinic of Colorado (Deborah Hamilton)

Chapter 29. Family Engagement at the Library: Bringing Families Together to Learn, Grow and Have Fun (Sara Roberts and Rebekah Mitchell)

Chapter 30. Research and Retreat: Stress Relief in Libraries (Kristen R. Moore)


Part IX. Boosting Professional Enrichment

Chapter 31. Eight Tips on Creating a Diversity Committee: What to Do? (Vandella Brown)

Chapter 32. Public Library Rx: Adapting the Residency Experience (Dawn Coppin and Cindy Mediavilla)

Chapter 33. “Yes, and!” Using the Rules of Improv to Improve Library Service (Amanda D. Mckay)

Chapter 34. Libraries as Catalysts for Service Engagement (KT Lowe, Ann Tobin and Frances Yates)


About the Contributors


About the Editors:

Vera Gubnitskaia has worked as a library manager, consultant, and reference librarian in public and academic libraries in Russia and the United States. During her career as a writer and editor, she contributed chapters to several professional publications, edited multiple anthologies, and published book reviews. She is currently an art fellow at Crealde School in Winter Park, Florida.

Carol Smallwood, a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple Pushcart nominations, is the author of journal articles as well as editor of numerous books including one in Poets & Writers Magazine List of Best Books for Writers. A Michigan resident, her experience includes school, public and special libraries.

Target Audience:

Librarians looking for innovative ideas concerning collections, outreach, programming, and space will definitely find plenty of inspiration in this practical book.


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