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Small Libraries, Big Impact: How To Better Serve Your Community in the Digital Age

Libraries Unlimited. Jun. 2016. 153p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440841569. pap. $55; ebk. ISBN 9781440841569. PRO MEDIA
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Small libraries often face unique challenges such as limited funding or access to broadband Internet, a lack of public transportation to or from the library, and small candidate pools for job positions. The subtitle of this book suggests a plan to help libraries overcome these obstacles. Instead, Du (Library & Information Sciences; Univ. of North Texas) provides a detailed description of the problems but offers few concrete plans for employees who are likely overworked and undersupported. While his delivery is a bit pedantic, Du admirably describes issues faced by small libraries. He covers topics such as fostering entrepreneurship, bridging the digital divide, addressing diverse constituencies, and marketing and assessing needs. Du is knowledgeable and offers numerous references for further study.
VERDICT This work would make a solid textbook for students interested in small libraries. Librarians aware of these issues may be disappointed by the lack of specific plans they can immediately employ. Readers who wish to be inspired by the potential of libraries of any size would be better served by R. David Lankes's The New Librarianship Field Guide.
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