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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.
- 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
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- Table of Contents
PART I: REASONS TO GO SLOW
Chapter 1: What is Slow Books?
Chapter 2: Slow Books in the Academic Library
PART II: PROMOTING THE SLOW BOOKS MOVEMENT IN THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY
Chapter 3: Getting Started: The Collection, the Service, and the Promotion
Chapter 4: The Library Book Club at Regent University
Chapter 5: Ten Years of Theme Reading at Indiana University South Bend
Chapter 6: Readers’ Advisory in the College Classroom
Chapter 7: Revisiting the Dormitory: The RPS Libraries of Indiana University
Chapter 8: Virtual Readers’ Advisory
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
Chapter 11: Redefining "Impossible": A Public Library's Journey Through the Classics
Karen Hansen and Lesley Williams
About the Editor and Contributors
"This title is a worthy purchase for every library. It is also a call to action and greater participation."
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