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Rural and Small Public Libraries : Challenges and Opportunities

Author: Brian Real
Publisher: Bingley : Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017.
Series: Advances in Librarianship, vol. 43.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume begins by defining the challenges that rural and small libraries face before shifting to an analysis of ways that these obstacles can be overcome or mitigated. The authors explore ideas for enhancing community partnerships and outreach by using rural and small public libraries as centers for local cultural heritage activities.
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Real, Brian.
Rural and Small Public Libraries : Challenges and Opportunities.
Bingley : Emerald Publishing Limited, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Real
ISBN: 9781787431119 1787431118 9781787431126 1787431126
OCLC Number: 1011202074
Notes: ""A Gap Analysis of the Perspectives of Small Businesses and Rural Librarians in Tennessee: Developments Toward a Blueprint for a Public Library Small Business Toolkit""
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents: RURAL AND SMALL PUBLIC LIBRARIES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES --
Editorâ#x80;#x99;s Dedication --
Contents --
About the Contributors --
Editorsâ#x80;#x99; Introduction to the Advances in Librarianship Series --
Introduction: Rural Public Libraries in Academic and Political Contexts --
I. The Recent State of Scholarship on Rural Public Libraries --
II. Chapter Layout and Contents --
III. Conclusion: The State of the Field, Current Discussions, and Looming Threats --
References --
Rural Libraries and the Human Right to Internet Access --
I. Introduction II. Is Internet Access a Human Right?A. An International Perspective --
B. The United States Perspective --
C. A Library Professional Perspective --
D. A Right in Practice --
III. Broadening our Perspective on Access --
IV. Facets and Determinants --
A. Facets: The Standard Threats Analysis --
B. Determinants: The PhIS Analysis --
C. Internet as Information --
V. How Rural Libraries Help --
VI. How Society Can Help Rural Libraries --
A. Professional Organizations, Education, and Advocacy --
B. The Private Sector --
C. Public Policy and Funding VII. ConclusionReferences --
Rural Public Libraries in America: Continuing and Impending Challenges --
I. Methodology --
II. Different Types of Rural Locales: Fringe, Distant, and Remote --
III. Libraries, Rural Libraries, and the Internet --
IV. Broadband and Technological Capacity --
V. Basic Technology Skills --
VI. Employment and Economic Development --
VII. Educational Assistance --
VIII. Community Engagement and Group Events --
IX. Moving Beyond Technology: Next Steps Toward Service Expansion --
X. Staffing and Hours Open XI. Aging and Inadequate Library BuildingsXII. Statewide and Regional Solutions --
XIII. Multi-Tiered Cooperation at State, Regional, and Local Levels --
XIV. Lack of Cooperation and Concerns about Autonomy --
XV. Conclusion --
References --
Exploring Rural Public Library Assets for Asset-Based Community Development --
I. Introduction --
II. Research Problem/Questions --
III. Asset-Based Community Development --
IV. Assets --
V. Rural Public Libraries and ABCD --
A. Methodology --
B. Study Limitations C. Fringe, Distant, and Remote Rural Library Asset DifferencesD. Data Mining Fringe, Distant, and Remote Rural Public Library Assets --
E. Drilling Down Asset Differences --
1. Outlets --
2. MLIS Degrees --
3. Public Access Terminals --
F. Regions and Demographics --
1. Regional and Demographic Interactions: Library Expenditures --
2. Regional and Demographic Interactions: Rural Populations --
VI. Conclusions --
References
Series Title: Advances in Librarianship, vol. 43.
Responsibility: edited by Brian Real.

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