it’s here: book review #1

Apparently, people are reading my book. Or at least skimming it. The way that I know this is that book reviews are starting to appear. Does anyone know about the business of LIS book reviews? How does your book get selected for a review? Within what time frame will they start to come out? Please, if you’re a seasoned LIS author and have any kind of scoop for me, please dish…

Thank goodness, the first one was very nice and pleasant and here is what it says: inspirational! valuable resource! encourages reading from cover to cover! must have!

Hill, Chrystie. Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community. Chicago, American Library Association, 2009. 175p. index. $48.00pa.; $43.20pa. (ALA members). ISBN 13: 978-0-8389-0987-4.

Authored by the director of community services at WebJunction, this inspirational and research-based work outlines principles to support building a strong library community.  Drawing on her background as a writer, librarian, and community builder, Hill outlines the process of making the library the center of your community and thereby raising the perceived value of the library.  Separated into seven chapters, the work begins with people and networks, followed by libraries and communities.  The following chapters address the steps in the process: Assess, Deliver, Engage, Iterate, and Sustain.  Bringing examples and guiding questions, Hill engages the reader to seriously think about how to make their own library community emerge successfully inside the library, in the community the library serves, and in the online community.  References, additional resources, and an index make this a valuable resource, while the writing style encourages reading from cover to cover.  This work is a must have for any library wanting to reach out beyond their present users.—Sara Marcus

This appeared in ARBA online (American Reference Books Annual) in July 09. Thank you Sara Marcus for being so kind.