Praise

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. The examples capture the changes that are adding all sorts of new value to public library services and improving the lives of those who live in the communities served by these libraries. I intend to use it in my collection development and public library courses as well as my doctoral seminars!

– Jennifer Weil Arns, Associate Professor School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina and Editor, Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics

Deidre C. Stam, former Dir. of the Program in Rare Books and Special Collections, SLIS of Long Island University; Trustee, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

“Public library activity dealing with the growing enthusiasm for special collections and archives has too often been neglected in the professional literature. A welcome addition to this emerging body of material is Diantha Schull’s overview of more than one hundred library programs that are designed to engage audiences with original materials. Based on a survey of U.S. public libraries, both large and small, Schull’s lucid descriptions of exemplars from across the country address outreach, public programming, organizational structures, funding patterns, challenges, future plans, and more.”

Deidre C. Stam, former Dir. of the Program in Rare Books and Special Collections, SLIS of Long Island University; Trustee, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Krystal Appiah, African Americana Specialist and Reference Librarian, Library Company of Philadelphia

Diantha Dow Schull brings much needed attention to the innovative programming taking place in public library archives and special collections around the country. From tried-and-true exhibitions to experimental digital projects with teenagers, these 117 profiles provide a rich sampling of the imaginative ways that public libraries facilitate the use of unique archival materials by their diverse publics. Archives Alive is a required resource for library stakeholders seeking to inspire staff and audiences and to foster appreciation for public library resource.”

Krystal Appiah, African Americana Specialist and Reference Librarian, Library Company of Philadelphia
Jennifer Weil Arns, Associate Professor School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina and Editor, Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. The examples capture the changes that are adding all sorts of new value to public library services and improving the lives of those who live in the communities served by these libraries. I intend to use it in my collection development and public library courses as well as my doctoral seminars!

Jennifer Weil Arns, Associate Professor School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina and Editor, Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics
Sharon M. Leon, Director of Public Projects, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

“With Archives Alive, Diantha Dow Schull has brought together an enlightening range of efforts to connect communities and collections. Large and small these projects offer a valuable roadmap of promising practices for not only archives professionals, but also to those in the library, museum, public history, and education sectors. The work chronicled here will serve as impetus and inspiration for cultural heritage community engagement efforts for years to come.”

Sharon M. Leon, Director of Public Projects, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University