Forging innovative partnerships with communities

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For Immediate Release

December 1, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook.” As editor Carol Smallwood states in the Preface, this volume is “a mosaic of 66 articles by 34 innovative librarians from across the United States who share their successful outreach activities with the reader. These unpublished articles (1,900–2,100 words each) by school, public, academic and special librarians and LIS faculty convey the effectiveness of outreach and the dedication, inventiveness and enthusiasm of librarians. This book was compiled for library and information studies students as well as professionals already in the field.” Among the wisdom and tips included are

  • Examples of ideas in action, with a huge array of options for partnering with other community groups
  • Outreach through writing essays, poetry and fiction
  • Ways to collaborate through event planning for library anniversaries, book festivals, science projects and student athletes

Smallwood received her MLS degree from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the editor of “
Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook,” also published by ALA Editions, and author or editor of 18 other books, published by Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House and others. Her magazine credits include
The Writer’s Chronicle, Instructor, English Journal, and
Michigan Feminist Studies. She has worked in school, public, and special libraries as well as serving as a consultant. She was awarded a National Federation of State Poetry Societies prize and her short story "Death in the Family" was shortlisted for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award.

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