Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times

Block, Marylaine. The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2007. isbn: 978-1-57387-277-5 025.1974 Block

Ms. Block compiles a highly readable guide to strategies and projects that have helped more than 100 public libraries gain community support and funding in challenging times. She integrates interviews and survey responses from innovative library directors with research and analysis to showcase winning programs.

Strategies explored in the book include youth services, the library as place, partnerships, marketing, stressing economic value, Library 2.0, outreach, and helping the community reach its aspirations. Additional examples are drawn from long-range plans, annual reports, programs, Websites, and more.