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The Slow Book Revolution

Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond

by Meagan Lacy, Editor

 

Improve literacy in college-age students by utilizing this innovative resource that helps to promote contemplation over brevity in reading practices.

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September 2014

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 160
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading

This inspiring guide shows how to implement the principles of the Slow Book movement in college campus libraries as well as public and high school libraries, with the ultimate goals of encouraging pensive reading habits and creating a lifelong enjoyment of books.

In a world of constant Facebook posts and Tweets, digital distractions and online reading habits are wearing at students' ability to focus, reflect, synthesize, and think deeply. This professional text, based on a concept introduced by Maura Kelly in the online edition of The Atlantic, delves into the trend toward contemplative reading—otherwise known as the Slow Book movement—explaining what it is, why it's important, and how you can implement it in various ways and in multiple settings.

Author and librarian Meagan Lacy, along with contributions from others in the field, offers insights, advice, and practical tools to help you foster an appreciation of reading in students both during and after college. The first part of the book establishes the importance of the Slow Book movement, while the second and third sections combine case studies and guidance for employing the principles of this method across multiple genres, including fiction, nonfiction, classics, and contemporary works. Chapters build a rationale for the approach, describe its underlying philosophy, and articulate concrete ways to apply the methodology in different venues.

Features

  • Explains how you can address your users' growing needs for sustained reflection and authentic connection
  • Shows how leading and promoting the Slow Book movement adds new value to your library
  • Presents examples and advice that you can use and adapt to lead the Slow Book movement at your library
  • Shows ways in which academic, public, and school librarians can form partnerships for literacy outreach programs
Author Info

Meagan Lacy is the information literacy librarian at Guttman Community College at The City University of New York. Previously, she served as the humanities librarian at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and English at Seattle University, her master's degrees in library and information sciences at the University of Washington, and her master's degree in English at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.

Table of Contents

Contents

  • Preface Acknowledgments
  • PART I: REASONS TO GO SLOW
  • Chapter 1: What is Slow Books? Meagan Lacy Chapter 2: Slow Books in the Academic Library Meagan Lacy
  • PART II: PROMOTING THE SLOW BOOKS MOVEMENT IN THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY
  • Chapter 3: Getting Started: The Collection, the Service, and the Promotion Pauline Dewan Chapter 4: The Library Book Club at Regent University Harold Henkel Chapter 5: Ten Years of Theme Reading at Indiana University South Bend Julie Elliott Chapter 6: Readers’ Advisory in the College Classroom Barbara Fister Chapter 7: Revisiting the Dormitory: The RPS Libraries of Indiana University Willie Miller Chapter 8: Virtual Readers’ Advisory Elizabeth Brookbank
  • PART III: BEYOND THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY: A LIFETIME OF SLOW BOOKS
  • Chapter 9: Collaborating with Local High Schools: Your Senior Will Be My First Year Student Sarah Fay Philips and Dr. Emerson Case Chapter 10: Beyond College: Collaborating with your Public Librarian Rebecca Malinowski Chapter 11: Redefining "Impossible": A Public Library's Journey Through the Classics Karen Hansen and Lesley Williams
  • Conclusion Further Reading Index About the Editor and Contributors

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    "This title is a worthy purchase for every library. It is also a call to action and greater participation."—Technical Services Quarterly

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