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ISBN 9780789006998
Published October 17, 2000 by Routledge
230 Pages

 
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Book Description

This vital book reaffirms librarians’enthusiasm for books and readers in the midst of the evolution of libraries-from reading centers to information centers where librarians are now Web masters, information scientists, and media experts. Readers, Reading, and Librarians explores the future of the book as a medium. With nearly two hundred open-ended interviews with readers who read for pleasure, this book looks at how and why they choose or reject certain books.

Readers, Reading, and Librarians examines:

  • reasons for the current decline in pleasure reading
  • the need for librarians to sponsor book groups
  • the current focus on “electronic wonders”
  • balancing the missions of acting as an advisory service for readers and maintaining your library's technological services
  • and much more!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Remembrance of Things Past--and Future
  • Reading, Books, and Librarians
  • Making Choices: What Readers Say About Choosing Books to Read for Pleasure
  • The Book's Remarkable Longevity in the Face of New Communications Technologies--Past, Present, and Future
  • Some Speculation on the Future of the Book
  • The Meaning of Reading: Fiction and Public Libraries
  • Books Are for Use? Keeping the Faith in Reading
  • A Librarian's Thoughts on Reading
  • Readers' Advisory
  • From Reading Words to Reading the World: Readers' Advisory for Adult Literacy Students
  • Reading the Future of the Public Library
  • Reaching Library Patrons with Special Services and Materials
  • Flow: The Benefits of Pleasure Reading and Tapping Readers' Interests
  • Children and Reading
  • Clues from Conversations: An Overview of Research in Children's Response to Literature
  • “The Heart's Field”: Landscapes of Children's Literature
  • Librarians in Fiction
  • From Cosmo and Alec to the Tallest Man in the World: Some Fictional Librarians and Their Patrons
  • Best Books and the Canon
  • Best Books and Readers
  • A Prevalence of Lists
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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