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Urban Library Journal 15.2 2009

Organizing Together: The Library as Community Organizer
Melissa Canham-Clyne


This article examines how the opening of a new public library branch in an underserved neighborhood helped members of that community organize to improve the quality of their lives. Building the branch required the library system to connect diverse groups and interests. 

Keywords: community organizing, branch closures, branch openings, New Haven Free Public Library, Courtland S. Wilson

last updated 04/3/2009