Building the library community

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For Immediate Release

June 16, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, just released
“Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community” by Chrystie Hill. Based on a scan of the community and technology environments within which libraries operate, related literature and the practical experiences of hundreds of library staff actively building communities through their work, this book provides insights into the essential elements of community building through

  • Identifying user needs and designing services to meet those needs
  • Engaging communities with service selection, creation and iteration
  • Utilizing practical new technologies

Chrystie Hill is a librarian, writer and community builder. After a short stint at the Seattle Public Library, she started It Girl Consulting, a small venture that helps libraries use online tools to build communities online. In 2003 Hill joined WebJunction, where she serves as their director of community services. She is a frequent presenter at library meetings and conferences, and her articles have appeared in “JASIST”, “Library Journal” and “RUSQ.” In 2007, Hill was nominated as a “Library Journal Mover and Shaker." Hill, whose undergraduate degree is in biology and psychology, holds an M.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MLIS is from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she lives with her desk and a laptop.

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