Seeking Submissions from Practicing Librarians (U.S.) for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association)
Foreword: Kathy Barco, READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007); children's librarian, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library
Afterword: Edith Campbell, Media Director, Arlington High School, Indianapolis. Indiana Libraries, Viewpoints; http://campbele.wordpress.com
Articles by practicing librarians sharing their experiences on how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers inside libraries: how librarians partner, outreach, and market libraries in their communities. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are encouraged.One article, 1900-2100 words; no co-authors. Practical, concise, how-to contributions are needed.
Possible topics: workshops at senior centers, story hours at community swimming pools, innovative literacy outreach, partnering with artists and writers, creative youth participation, effective advocacy with elected officials.
Editor Carol Smallwood, MLS, has written, co-authored, edited 19 books such as Educators as Writers for Scarecrow, Libraries Unlimited, Peter Lang, and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies.
Pudding House Publications published her 2008 chapbook, a recent book is http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3575-3
The deadline for current cycle of submissions is October 30, 2008.Contributor's sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation: a complimentary copy, discount on additional copiesPlease submit 3-4 brief topic proposals with a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, title, highlights of your community library outreach activities, awards, and related professional contributions. Place PARTNERS/your name on the subject line to: smallwood at tm.net.