What is
a Library?
The Royal Library of San Lorenzo, photo by Jose Maria Cuellar
Seattle Public Library, photo by Theodore Scott
Second Life Library 2.0, screenshot by Andrea Mercado
Nemaha Public Library, photo by Sarah (Arahsae)
Vancouver Public Library, photo by Cecil Reniche-Smith
Stella Community Library photo by Nebraska Library Commission
What is
THIS library?
Andrés Figueroa Cordero Library




“ A place where people can learn about, and share with a broader
community of people, ...
Who is it
here for?
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Dr. Pedro Albizu         Lolita Lebron Family
Campos High School       Learning Center

Natio...
Problems:
People don't know about it

People can't get to it

People find it hard to use
Goals:
Organize the books

Make it easy to access the library

Connect the library with the
community
Step 1: Organizing the Library    
Paseo Boricua Community Library Project




                    photo from PRCC flickr site

Local community members and s...
Step 2: Creating an quot;online libraryquot;
PRCC Library Catalog
Step 3: Community Needs Assessment




         photo from PRCC flickr site
What's Next?
   Offer consistent library hours and staffing through
   volunteers and students

   Settle the library into...
Community Libraries 101:
What are the goals of your community?

Who does your library serve?

What do they want the librar...
From Problems to Solutions:
 What does it take to turn a disorganized
 pile of books into a library that serves the
 goals...
Case Study: Subject Headings

             Dewey Decimal System
000 Generalities              600 Technology
100 Philosoph...
Library of Congress
                Classification
A - General Works             G - Geography,          Q - Science
B - P...
PRCC quot;Subject Organizationquot;
                          18.  Panama            35.  Native Americans
1.  Puerto Rico...
Case Study: Library Website
How do you make it easy
for people to find the
books they want and the
information they need?
...
Why we like them:
Easy to find

Easy to Use

Lots of Information

Instant Results

You can contribute
(reviews, editing)
Problems with them:
Hard to judge quality or
accuracy of information

Can be information overload

Can be hard to find old...
What do we want?
 A site that's easy to find, easy to understand

 Easy to use (create, edit, search, share)

 Fast access...
Easy to Start

Easy to Customize

Easy to Connect
Getting        2: Search

Started
1-2-3
               3: Add Books




  1: Sign Up
Customize LibraryThing
   Create a profile for your library

      Decide how you want to view your books
      (or what l...
Connect & Share
   Share your opinions in reviews, or add information to
   the quot;Common Knowledgequot; info for books ...
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How to Build a Community Library

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Presentation from Community as Intellectual Space Conference, at a workshop on June 14, 2008 at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Library in Paseo Boricua.

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  • I'm glad it was helpful to you! I put this together as a library masters degree student about a project I worked on as part of a class. If you would like help getting started on a community library, it may be worth checking if you have a graduate school for library science with students who could get involved. Doesn't hurt to have people who are interested in learning how things work who can help you get started.

    LibraryThing may also have other similar libraries on it already that you could contact or review. I haven't looked to see how active groups are on that site in a while, but it's still the most customizable tool out there to create in-depth mini library collections online.
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  • This is really cool, some questions i hadn't asked myself yet... I just got this great idea to build a library for a military community area near me even though i haven't a clue where to start. This is from 6years ago but it enlightened me abit anyway. So thank you.
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  • Hello (Cecil?) - I'm sorry not to have sent you a link to this. I usually try to make a point of contacting people when I use their CC images, but I forgot in my hurry to put this together for the conference. I'm glad you found it anyway, I was really glad to find it myself. It's a perfect image for my purposes and I appreciate your sharing it on flickr! :)
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How to Build a Community Library

  1. 1. What is a Library?
  2. 2. The Royal Library of San Lorenzo, photo by Jose Maria Cuellar
  3. 3. Seattle Public Library, photo by Theodore Scott
  4. 4. Second Life Library 2.0, screenshot by Andrea Mercado
  5. 5. Nemaha Public Library, photo by Sarah (Arahsae)
  6. 6. Vancouver Public Library, photo by Cecil Reniche-Smith
  7. 7. Stella Community Library photo by Nebraska Library Commission
  8. 8. What is THIS library?
  9. 9. Andrés Figueroa Cordero Library “ A place where people can learn about, and share with a broader community of people, the depth of Puerto Rican and Latina/o history, experiences, and struggles. ... A catalyst space, that is, a point of initiation that will contribute to and support an informed practice of community activism. ”
  10. 10. Who is it here for?
  11. 11. Puerto Rican Cultural Center Dr. Pedro Albizu Lolita Lebron Family Campos High School Learning Center National Boricua Human Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano Rights Network La Casita de Don Pedro Consuelo Lee Corretjer Centro Infantil CO-OP Humbolt Park (Daycare) (Community Health) VIDA/SIDA La Voz del Paseo Boricua
  12. 12. Problems: People don't know about it People can't get to it People find it hard to use
  13. 13. Goals: Organize the books Make it easy to access the library Connect the library with the community
  14. 14. Step 1: Organizing the Library    
  15. 15. Paseo Boricua Community Library Project photo from PRCC flickr site Local community members and students from UIUC's Graduate School of Library Science worked together to sort the books, develop a mission statement, and create an organization system that reflected the library's purpose. ... and they won VOYA's quot;Most Valuable Projectquot; award in 2004
  16. 16. Step 2: Creating an quot;online libraryquot;
  17. 17. PRCC Library Catalog
  18. 18. Step 3: Community Needs Assessment photo from PRCC flickr site
  19. 19. What's Next? Offer consistent library hours and staffing through volunteers and students Settle the library into a permanent location Create local collections of PRCC publications Partner with UIUC Library Archives to create a       digital archive of the artwork and artifacts Find funding sources to purchase or otherwise obtain more recent materials on current topics & projects
  20. 20. Community Libraries 101: What are the goals of your community? Who does your library serve? What do they want the library to do? What experience do people have with libraries? What tools already exist that can help you?
  21. 21. From Problems to Solutions: What does it take to turn a disorganized pile of books into a library that serves the goals and needs of a specific community?
  22. 22. Case Study: Subject Headings Dewey Decimal System 000 Generalities 600 Technology 100 Philosophy & psychology (Applied sciences) 200 Religion 700 The arts 300 Social sciences 800 Literature 400 Language & rhetoric 500 Natural sciences & 900 Geography & history mathematics
  23. 23. Library of Congress Classification A - General Works G - Geography, Q - Science B - Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, and R - Medicine and Religion Recreation S - Agriculture C - Auxiliary Sciences of H - Social Sciences T - Technology History J - Political Science U - Military Science D - General and Old World K - Law V - Naval Science History L - Education Z - Bibliography, E - History of America M - Music Library Science, and F - History of the United N - Fine Arts General Information States and British, Dutch, Resources P - Language and French, and Latin America Literature
  24. 24. PRCC quot;Subject Organizationquot; 18.  Panama 35.  Native Americans 1.  Puerto Rico 19.  Peru 36.  African Americans 2.  Latin America 20.  Uruguay 37.  Women 3.  Argentina 21.  Venezuela 38.  Latinas/os in the U.S. 4.  Bolvia 22.  Spain 39.  Race, Gender, and 5.  Brazil 23.  Africa        Class 6.  Caribbean 24.  Central Africa 40.  Human Rights 7.  Chile 25.  South Africa 41.  Education 8.  Colombia 26.  Southern Africa 42.  Lenin 9.  Costa Rico 27.  West Africa 43.  Mao 10.  Cuba 28.  China 44.  Marxism 11.  Dominican Republic 29.  Japan 45.  Library Science 12.  Ecuador 30.  Vietnam 46.  Children’s Books/ 13.  El Salvador  31.  Asia        Young Adults 14.  Guatemala  32.  Southeast Asia 47.  Reference 15.  Haiti 33.  Southwest Asia 48.  Other 16.  Mexico 34.  Egypt 17.  Nicaragua
  25. 25. Case Study: Library Website How do you make it easy for people to find the books they want and the information they need? Let's looking at the most popular websites for finding books and information: What makes them work? What are their problems?
  26. 26. Why we like them: Easy to find Easy to Use Lots of Information Instant Results You can contribute (reviews, editing)
  27. 27. Problems with them: Hard to judge quality or accuracy of information Can be information overload Can be hard to find older or specific local information May be biased, or hide unflattering information to increase sales
  28. 28. What do we want? A site that's easy to find, easy to understand Easy to use (create, edit, search, share) Fast access Trustworthy information Customized information
  29. 29. Easy to Start Easy to Customize Easy to Connect
  30. 30. Getting 2: Search Started 1-2-3 3: Add Books 1: Sign Up
  31. 31. Customize LibraryThing Create a profile for your library Decide how you want to view your books       (or what language to use on the site) Change your mind about your tags? Power editing makes changes easy Change your book covers      to match the illustrations      or to color code your      collection
  32. 32. Connect & Share Share your opinions in reviews, or add information to the quot;Common Knowledgequot; info for books or authors Find people whose libraries are very similar to yours - browse their libraries, send them a message, or even track their additions Join conversations about your books or      find groups for topics you're interested in Check the blog to see what's new and leave feedback

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