Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Group 4 Bibliography

Here is our (tenative) final list of sources for the "One City" topic. We went for a variety of viewpoints (big picture vs. case study of one city's program), variety of sources (more professional or academic vs. stuff for the general public) and a combination of digital and print sources.

Case Study Presentation - "One City, One Book" Bibliography

Cole, John Y. "One Book Projects Grow in Popularity." Library of Congress Information Bulletin. Vol. 65, no. 1 (01//, 2006): 30-31.

The article discusses the growing popularity of the One Book community reading promotion project in the U.S. Usually organized by libraries, the One Book project brings together readers and authors to discuss a book. It started in 1998 through Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Washington. In June 2002, there were 63 One Book projects in 30 states. This figure jumped to 350 in December 2005, spanning 50 states.

Herrera, Luis. "Toward a Literate Nation." Public Libraries 43, no. 1 ([YEAR]): 9-9. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, EBSCOhost (accessed October 30, 2006).

This one deals with the literacy in America and the role the public library plays using programs like OCOB.

Shulevitz, Judith." The Close Reader; You Read Your Book and I'll Read Mine". New York Times, May 19, 2002.

This article is somewhat more cynical about the one book one city program. Ms. Shulevitz prefers Oprah's book club because it is simply Oprah choosing books she likes without any agenda of community benefit. The author feels that because each book is selected to attract as many readers as possible while offending no one, the choices will be mediocre. This author does not think that reading literature is good for a society. She has an interesting take on reading, and not about "coming together" but of "breaking apart" as beneficial.

Van Dyke, Debby. “Building a Community of Readers: A One Book Program.” Library Media Connection, v. 23, no. 5, p. 20-22, Feb. 2005.

Author talks about her experiences launching a one book, one school program. Discusses subjects to be taken into consideration when implementing such a plan. Also talks about what she found troublesome and wishes she had considered before the implementation.


“One Book” Reading Promotion Projects . Center for the Book: Library of Congress.
This website lists past and current “One Book,
One City” participants by location, date, and what book each city chose for that time period. It also lists the most popular books and authors chosen overall.


Reading Melancholy in One Book Cities By Marta Segal Block

A frank and critical analysis of Chicago's One City program from a reader who thinks that less depressing or boring books might be more useful for the program's goals.


"Planning Your Community Wide Read"
A booklet compiled by the Public Programs Office of the
ALA to help librarians and novices set up a community wide read.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home