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Online Community Information: Creating a Nexus at Your Library

Joan C. Durrance, Karen E. Pettigrew

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ISBN 10: 0838908233 / ISBN 13: 9780838908235
Published by American Library Association, 2002
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Title: Online Community Information: Creating a ...

Publisher: American Library Association

Publication Date: 2002

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Librarians are key players in bringing communities together. With the help of the Internet, they are in a position to revolutionize the way users access information and come together as a result. Indeed, libraries can function as both hubs to circulate local, national, and global information and as networks of local agencies, nonprofits, community activities, resources, events, and contacts. Building from detailed research, this forward-looking new book addresses the ways that libraries can harness the power of the Internet to provide digitized community information to local audiences. Using its proven methods, hands-on tools, and best practices developed in libraries across the country, any library can design and build a dynamic and unifying community information site. Featuring three of the nation's leading community network sites (Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Free-Net, Suburban Chicago's NorthStarNet, and Portland, Oregon's CascadeLink), expert author team Durrance and Pettigrew outline innovative ways to present information for and about your community. Featured are 23 examples of best practices from libraries around the country that help you approach: * Access issues and the digi

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Joan C. Durrance is Professor and Coordinator of the Library and Information Science Program in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There, she developed the "Community Connector," an electronic gateway of digital community information resources. A leading authority on community information research, she is also the author of several books including Meeting Community Needs through Job and Career Centers and Armed for Action. She received ALA's Isadore Gilbert Mudge-R.R. Bowker Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Durrance earned her master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina and her doctorate from the University of Michigan. Karen E. Pettigrew is Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle. Teaching and researching in the area of human information behavior, she is an award-winning and widely published expert. Her collaboration with Joan Durrance began when she joined the University of Michigan School of Information as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in 1998-1999. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in library and information science from the University of Western Ontario.

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