A comprehensive look at contemporary trends and practices in public
libraries Current Practices in Public Libraries combines research,
surveys, and practical experience to examine a variety of trends,
issues, and practices in public library administration. The leading
researchers in the field explore vital contemporary topics ranging
from literacy instruction and advocacy to ethical concerns in the
acquisition of foreign language materials. This practical
professional guide presents examples of successful programs at
individual libraries as well as results of comprehensive national
surveys about funding, computers and Internet access, and branch
closures. Current Practices in Public Libraries presents an
extensive look at advocacy, ethics, multicultural outreach,
literacy training, marketing, and mentoring in today's public
libraries. This comprehensive resource examines a wide range of
issues, including public library funding; contributing factors to
the quality of public access computing and Internet services; the
impact of public library closures; recent human rights violations
in U.S. public libraries; supporting local small business
development; how multiculturalism and automation can affect
collection development and technical services; new leadership
models; the use of marketing and advocacy to build and sustain
support for public libraries; promoting family learning activities;
and the case for small, independent libraries. Current Practices in
Public Libraries explores: library funding library expenditures
budget shortfalls fiscal planning Internet access and connectivity
library siting library Bill of Rights entrepreneurs customization
of library services targeted services acquisitions collection
development and management outsourcing state library agencies and
associations federal library programs and legislation government
relations information literacy tutoring and much more Current
Practices in Public Libraries is an essential resource for
librarians and library administrators working in public and
academic settings, and for library sciences faculty and students.
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