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The American Public Library Handbook (Hardback)
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The American Public Library Handbook (Hardback)

Hardback 533 Pages / Published: 29/11/2011
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A detailed reference work that documents every aspect of the American public library experience through topical entries, statistics, biographies, and profiles.

* Profiles of individual libraries and biographies of important public librarians

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781591589105
Number of pages: 533
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 41 mm

"One of the informal hallmarks of a true profession is the existence of a solid, well-organised handbook of professional knowledge and practice-the 'vade mecum',-meant to be carried 'in the hand' and referred to constantly. This fine production from the world's oldest professional body for librarians amply passes the test for a good handbook: it is up-to-date, comprehensive, portable and well-organised internally for the swift retrieval of information . . . the coverage is remarkable-it even manages to cover the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita upon public libraries! In summation, a useful, well-produced handbook aimed squarely at the American LIS practitioner." - New Library World
"This compact tome represents a distillation of where the American public library has been, the major issues it faces today, and the tenets of the profession that make clear why these institutions remain a vital presence in the communities they serve. This title is strongly recommended for purchase by all public libraries and academic libraries that support an LIS curriculum." - Catholic Library World
"This reference work is intended as a precis of public libraries in America, and it largely succeeds. . . . Essays on evaluation and research, intellectual freedom, philosophy of public librarianship, readers' advisory-all with fulsome bibliographies-provide excellent introductions to their topics. . . . LIS students will find this volume-especially as an eBook-hugely helpful." - Library Journal
"This handbook encompasses multiple facets of public libraries. Sixty-plus topical essays address history, philosophy, problems, and daily operations; biographical entries profile 75 individuals; and factual snapshots offer brief details on 1,200 libraries. Thorough bibliographical citations for each entry make this handbook, a bibliographic essay, or guide to public library literature." - Reference & Research Book News

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