Reading, Reading, and Reading

Guess what I’ve been doing lately? I’m in stealth reading mode, which is hard to do with weekly writing deadlines (Chrystie and I are being very strict about our process – we have to be with a project this extensive). So, what am I delving into these days? I’ve purchased three books so far:

1) Cooperative Reference: Social Interaction in the Workplace (Haworth, 2003) – This will help in the chapter on community building that takes place inside the library among colleagues. From the summary:

“Cooperative Reference: Social Interaction in the Workplace addresses the need for reference librarians to work together to keep the system running smoothly. This book explores the various means of developing social professionalism, collaborating on projects, and combining forces with other libraries to remain on the cutting edge of information services in this new century. Using this guide, you will learn from the first-hand experiences of on-the-job reference librarians. This book will give you—as a reference librarian, administrator, library science student, or educator—ideas to support cooperative efforts in the library and beyond.”

2) Libraries Beyond Their Institutions – Partnerships That Work (Haworth, 2005) – I had chills after reading the summary for this one. It will be one of the books that, after I get through it, will help to shape the LBC process. From the summary:

“Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work reflects the growing understanding of the key role played by libraries in the development of civil society. This unique book examines the variety of possibilities for collaborations outside institutions, including the ways librarians function in a variety of other campus settings, such as writing centers, teaching excellence centers, and academic departments in support of teaching, learning, and research; partnerships with graduate school, and information resources management to preserve theses and dissertations electronically; promoting civic partnerships; initiating a campus-wide information literacy resource; and partnering with government agencies to form a data literacy program.”

3) Beyond the Campus; How Colleges and Universities Form Partnerships with their Communities – (RoutledgeFalmer, 2001) – Perfect for higher education case studies and for looking beyond librarianship to see how other organizations work with communities. I’m hoping that we can draw upon the work of civic, educational, business, and other types of community associations to help form our own theories of how libraries should do it well. From the summary:

“In most cities in the United States and Canada, the local college or university is the largest employer. The role of the university and its relationship to the community has been a highly debated topic among educators, administrators, and local business leaders. David Maurasse, through an in-depth study of four schools, University of Pennsylvania; San Francisco State University; Xavier University and Hostos Community College in New York, offers a passionate appeal for community partnerships. Beyond the Campus goes further than a simple explanation of the problems at hand, it offers a roadmap for both the university as well as the local business to work together for the good of their community. Through his lively prose, Maurasse shows success stories of schools and communities that are forming positive partnerships in the community.”

So, that’s what I’m reading now. Any more suggestions?