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Davis, Jeffrey T. The Collection All Around: Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places. ALA Editions. May. 2017. 134p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780838915059. pap. $57. PRO MEDIA

Davis (branch manager, San Diego P.L.) is an advocate for improving public access to nonlibrary community resources—what he calls “the collection all around.” Given socioeconomic and racial disparities in access to cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities, libraries could enrich people’s lives by doing more to address barriers and coordinate community partnerships. The author offers examples from across the country of individual libraries and systems relying on the traditional strengths of the profession to engage in community planning and increase awareness of community resources while securing greater support for themselves. Logistical challenges for enhanced interorganizational cooperation include the need for integrated library automation systems that accommodate nonlibrary participants and related data security concerns. How can museums, recreational venues, and other potential stakeholders be convinced that “community membership” access would be a win-win for themselves and the public rather than a threat to their financial stability? Who pays for the administrative costs? While Davis cites many publications that address components of enhanced local access service, the Urban Libraries Council’s online report “Civic Engagement: Stepping Up to the Civic Engagement Challenge” provides a comprehensive overview. VERDICT Recommended for outreach librarians seeking new ideas for community partnerships.—Betty J. Glass, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno

Downey, Jennifer. Public Library Collections in the Balance: Censorship, Inclusivity, and Truth. Libraries Unlimited: Teacher Ideas. Jul. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9781440849640. pap. $55; ebk. ISBN 9781440849657. PRO MEDIA

Downey (Rancho Cucamonga P.L., CA) explores the roles of public librarians as guardians against suppression and censorship. Starting with an overview of the history of censorship in U.S. public libraries, she points out the ethical and philosophical responsibilities of the library profession and the value placed on inclusivity, open access to all types of information, and a fair and balanced approach to collection development and programming. The author suggests tips on dealing with book challenges and developing staff training. She also emphasizes the importance of ensuring that both the collection and programming for kids, teens, and adults are all-encompassing and provides an appendix of resources listing small and alternative publishers that focus on LGBTQ materials and titles by authors of color. VERDICT This edifying guide, along with the current edition of the ­American Library Association’s Intellectual ­Freedom Manual, is essential reading for library students, librarians, and library administrators.—Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL

Snow, Karen. A Practical Guide to Library of Congress Classification. Rowman & Littlefield. Aug. 2017. 172p. illus. index. ISBN 9781538100677. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538100684. PRO MEDIA

First-time author Snow (Sch. of Information Studies, Dominican Univ.) has written an immensely helpful title on constructing Library of Congress (LC) call numbers for novice catalogers or anyone seeking a better understanding of the LC classification (LCC) system. This slim volume is packed with essential information and illustrated with numerous examples. Snow first explores the components of LCC, then guides readers through assigning class numbers and constructing Cutter numbers using LC classification schedules and tables. Although Snow provides screenshots from the Classification Web and offers advice on navigating that resource, her instructions are easily adaptable to use with the PDF schedules available on the library’s website. The book also contains links to the Classification and Shelflisting Manual for additional material on specific topics and a final chapter of recommended resources for further learning. Most valuable of all, however, is Snow’s straightforward, comprehensible instruction style. Each new concept builds on the principles of previous chapters and reiterates important points. VERDICT Highly recommended for library and information science students and professional catalogers in need of a refresher.—Sara Shreve, Newton, KS

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