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Here is the much anticipated second edition of author Kathleen de la Pea McCook s groundbreaking one-of-a-kind resource that is used in libraries and universities across the nation and definitively sets the standard for public librarianship literature. Cited as one of the top twenty researchers in library science, de la Pea McCook, a distinguished university professor and renowned public library scholar, has thoroughly revised and updated every one of the book s chapters to provide both professionals and LIS students with the most current and comprehensive introduction to public librarianship. McCook covers every aspect of the public library, from its earliest history to its current incarnation in the 21st century information environment. Following three engaging chapters on the history of public libraries, her thorough Table of Contents includes: * Statistics, Standards, Planning, Evaluations and Results * Organization, Law, Funding, Politics, Publicity * Administration and Staffing * Structure and Infrastructure. Web sites. Library 2.0 * Adult Services * Youth Services * Associations, State Library Agencies, Standards, Rankings and Quality of Life * Global Perspectives on Public Libraries * Human Rights: A New Paradigm for Public Library Service Readers will especially welcome the new coverage of Web 2.0 and its massive impact, as well as global perspectives on the public library, and insight into the relationship between public library services and human rights. Exhaustively researched and expansive in its coverage, Introduction to Public Librarianship, Second Edition continues to live up to the description that appeared in Public Libraries (September/October 2007): a fact-filled compendium of valuable information, a handbook for the working librarian, educator, and researcher.