Developing Community-Led Public Libraries: Evidence from the UK and Canada

1st Edition

John Pateman, Ken Williment

Routledge
Published December 18, 2017
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780815399438 - CAT# K345255

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Summary

This important book examines the potential for a new community led service model in public libraries. Using theoretical approaches to working with socially excluded community members, with a direct application of those approaches in Canadian public libraries, the authors offer a powerful and persuasive case for adopting the community led approach in libraries worldwide. The book showcases good practice and outlines the challenges to community development work. With public libraries facing budget cuts, this book offers an alternative way forward based on a community led approach to developing needs based library services. This book makes a unique contribution to public library thinking and policy, synthesising the outcomes of research and best practice at the cutting edge of library service delivery, and will be essential reading for all those researching and working in the public library sector.

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