American Libraries, page 38

If you receive American Libraries (in print) and flip to page 38, you will find an article written by me that is mostly an excerpt of the first section of the book “inside, outside, and online”.  I’ve received quite a few comments via all the various channels (fb, twitter, email, f2f) and they have all been thought-provoking or conversation-starting – thank you! Still hoping that I can soon provide a link to the article on the Am Libs website.

Also, I received word yesterday that the book now has a binding date: April 27, 2009. Doesn’t that feel lovely?

In the meantime, I’m still learning how to re-write mission, vision, and elevator pitches for my updated role at WJ. It’s hard. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.


  1. Meredith, 12. March 2009, 11:35

    SO EXCITING!!! Congratulations! I’ve been chomping at the bit to read it and while it may take me a while to get through it with the baby, it will definitely be at the top of my non-baby-related reading list. 🙂

    re: linking to the article on the Am Libs website — good luck with that. 😉 None of my columns are up there in spite of the fact that I was promised that before I ever started writing for AL.

  2. Kathleen de la Pena McCook, 14. March 2009, 14:24

    Glad for that binding date. I will be using the book as a text at the University of South Florida this fall for the course: LIS 5937 LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.

    This course will examine the delivery of library service with a community building focus. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a new set of policy initiatives from which to develop service models with a community focus.
    Course Summary:
    This course will reboot thinking about librarianship and community building in a new era of U.S. domestic policy. The “McCook Model” of involvement of library workers at every level of public policy formation and with grass roots groups will be reviewed to understand implementation strategies. The class will make use of the literature of community organizing to reconnect librarianship with an activist commitment to engagement.

    Required Text:
    Hill, Chrystie. (2009). Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community.. Chicago: American Library Association.

  3. Chrystie, 14. March 2009, 16:04

    thank you Meredith and Kathleen.

    It is such an honor to be included in your course materials. I hope that the text brings up good conversations and new ideas about how community building can be a part of library practice.