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How librarians can be radical positive change agents in their communities, dedicated to learning and making a difference.This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to...
How librarians can be radical positive change agents in their communities, dedicated to learning and making a difference.This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to...
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  • How librarians can be radical positive change agents in their communities, dedicated to learning and making a difference.

    This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities—librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way.

    The librarians of Ferguson, Missouri, famously became positive change agents in August 2014 when they opened library doors when schools were closed because of civil unrest after the shooting of an unarmed teen by police. Working with other local organizations, they provided children and their parents a space for learning, lunch, and peace. But other libraries serve other communities—students, faculty, scholars, law firms—in other ways. All libraries are about community, writes Lankes; that is just librarianship.

    In concise chapters, Lankes addresses the mission of libraries and explains what constitutes a library. He offers practical advice for librarian training; provides teaching notes for each chapter; and answers "Frequently Argued Questions" about the new librarianship.

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  • R. David Lankes is Professor and Dean's Scholar for New Librarianship in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and received the 2016 American Library Association Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.

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    Starred review from September 15, 2016

    Lankes (director, Sch. of Library and Information Science, Univ. of South Carolina; The Atlas of New Librarianship) presents a guide "to prepare librarians to be agents for radical change and to directly engage their communities." The author argues that in order to become change agents and remain relevant, librarians can no longer be content to wait for their constituents to come to them. Instead, librarians must seek ways to engage community members through participatory systems which can include various avenues such as developing a web presence, literacy classes, or solid collections. In fact, the emphasis on participation with community members is so important that Lankes uses the term member, where others might use patron or customer. This field guide would make an excellent introductory text for library science students. Each chapter clearly presents its core concept, provides concrete examples, and offers stimulating discussion points. The book concludes with a list of suggested readings. Veteran librarians will be invigorated by Lankes's ideas and will undoubtedly see new opportunities for outreach. VERDICT Required reading for all current and future librarians as well as community leaders interested in growing and strengthening the learning environment. This highly recommended guide is sure to inspire all who read it. [See author Q&A on p. 95]--Lydia Olszak, Bosler Memorial Lib., Carlisle, PA

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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