Civic Participation and Libraries

Recommended Reading


Nancy Kranich, Civic Librarian

Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and Rutgers University Libraries


Revised 9/16

Ackerman, Bruce & James Fishkin (2004). Deliberation Day. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Amore, Shirley. (2012). “Interview with Shirley Amore: City Librarian for the Denver Public Library,” National Civic Review: 101 (4) Winter 2012): 48-50.

Baldwin, Michael. (October 15, 2002). “Can Libraries Save Democracy?” Library Journal, 127, # 17 (October 15, 2002).

Barber, Benjamin. (2003). Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy in an Age of Interdependence. New York: Norton.

Barber, Benjamin. (1998). A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Strong. New York: Hill and Wang.

Barber, Benjamin. (1984). Strong Democracy. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Becker, Christine. (2012). “Engaged Libraries Leading the Way,” National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 21-23.

Bellah, Robert, et. al. (1991). The Good Citizen. New York: Knopf

Bellah, Robert, et. al. (1985, updated 1996). Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, Updated Edition. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Benton, Susan. (2012). “Investing in Civic Engagement and Public Libraries: A Roundtable Discussion with Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, and Julia Stasch.” National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 5-10.

Beyond Books: What’s Possible When Librarians and Journalists Meet? News, Literacy and Democracy for America’s Libraries. (2011). Cambridge, MA: MIT Center for Civic Media and Journalism that Matters, April 6-7, 2011.

Block, Peter. (2008). Community: The Structure of Belonging. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Boyte, Harry & Kari, Nancy. (1996). Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Boyte, Harry. (2009). Civic Agency and the Cult of the Expert. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Boyte, Harry. (1989). Commonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics. New York: The Free Press.

Boyte, Harry. (2004). Everyday Politics: The Power of Public Work. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.

Boyte, Harry & Evans, Sarah. (1986). Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America. New York: Harper and Row.

Boyte, Harry. (2004). Going Public: Academics and Public Life. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Briggs, Xavier de Souza. (2008). Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bringle, Robert G., Richard Garnes, and Edward A. Malloy. (Ed.s) (1999). Colleges and Universities and Citizens. Needham Heights, MA: Adlyn & Bacon.

Brown, Chris. (2015). “Conversation-Based Librarianship: A New Potential for Community Knowledge,” Journal of Library Administration 55 (6): 483-493.

Brown, Juanita, David Isaacs, Peter Senge (May 2005). World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures through Conversations That Matter. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Bryan, Frank M. (2004). Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Burns, N., K. Schlozmann, & Sydney Verba. (2001). Private Roots of Public Action. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Byrne, Alex. (2004). Libraries and Democracy–Management Implications. Library Management, 25(1/2), 11-16.

Carr, David. (2011). Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums. Santa Barbara, CA: Librarires Unlimited/ABC-CLIO.

Caywood, Carolyn. (2012). “Engage Your Community: Hosting Forums Using the National Issues Forum Institute Model,” Programming Librarian,

Center for Engaged Democracy, Core Competencies Committee. (2013). Core Competencies in Civic Engagement. North Andover, MA: Merrimack College School of Education.

Chicago Public Library and YOUMedia Staff, (2012). “YOUmedia Chicago: Connecting Youth Through Public Libraries,” National Civic Review. Winter 2012: 33-35.

Christenson, Karen & David Levinson, eds. (2003). Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Clark, Susan and Woden Teachout. (2012). Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decisions Making Back Home. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Coccioli, Anthony. (2013). “Public Libraries and PBS Partnering to Enhance Civic Engagement: A Study of a Nationwide Initiative,” Public Library Quarterly, 32 (1):1–20.

Colby, Anne, Thomas Ehrlich, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Jason Stephens. (2003). Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Colby, Anne, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, and Josh Corngold. (2007). Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Collaborative Communications Group. (May 2003) New Relationships with Public Schools: Organizations That Build Community by Connecting with Public Schools. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge. (2013). All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement. Medford, MA: Tufts University CIRCLE.

Creighton,James L. (2005). The Public Participation Handbook.: Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Crenson, Matthew A. & Benjamin Ginsberg. (2002). Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

CSV Consulting. (2006). Community Engagement in Public Libraries: A Report on Current Practice and Future Developments. London: Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.*/

CSV Consulting. (2006). Community Engagement in Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Public Library Staff. London: Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.*/

de Tocqueville, Alexis. (1990). Democracy in America. New York: Vintage Books.

Ditzion, Sidney. (1939). “Social Reform, Education, and the Library, 1850-1900.” The Library Quarterly, 9(2), 156-184.

Ditzion, Sidney. (1947). Arsenals of a Democratic Culture: A Social History of the American Public Library Movement in New England and the Middle States from 1850 to 1900. Chicago: American Library Association.

Durrance, Joan. (1984). Armed for Action: Library Response to Citizen Information Needs. New York: Neal Schuman.

Durrance, Joan and Karen E. Fisher with Marian Bouch Hinton. (2005). How Libraries and Librarians Help: A Guide to Identifying User-Centered Outcomes. Chicago: American Library Association.

Durrance, Joan and Karen E. Fisher. (Spring 2003). “Determining How Libraries and Librarians Help,” Library Trends 2003 51 (4): 541-570.

Durrance, Joan. Pettigrew, Karen., M. Jourdan, &,K. Scheuerer. (2001). “Libraries and Civil Society,” in Libraries and Democracy: the Cornerstones of Liberty. Chicago, IL: American Library Association: 49-59.

Durrance, Joan C. (Summer 2001). “The Vital Role of Librarians in Creating Information Communities: Strategies for Success.” Library Administration & Management, 15 (3): 162-167.

Dworkin, Ronald. (2006). Is Democracy Possible Here? Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2006.

Dzur, Albert W. (2008). Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics, Identity, and Practice. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State U. Press.

Eberly, Don and Ryan Streeter. (2002). The Soul of Civil Society. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Edwards, Julie Biando, Melissa Robinson, and Kelley Sue Unger. (2013). Transforming Libraries Building Communities The Community Centered Library. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. 

Ehrlich, Thomas (ed.). (2000). Civic Responsibility and Higher Education. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Elkin, Stephen L. and Karol Edward Soltan, eds., (1999). Citizen Competence and Democratic Institutions, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State U. Press.

Fishkin, James. (1995). The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy. New Haven, CT: Yale U. Press.

Fishkin, James. (1997). Democracy and Deliberation: New Directions for Democratic Reform. New Haven, CT: Yale U. Press.

Gagnon, Paul. (Sept. 2003). Educating Democracy: State Standards to Ensure a Civic Core. Washington, DC: Albert Shanker Institute.

Galston, Colbe, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, Katherine Johnson, and Amy Long. (2012). “Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way.” American Libraries, June 6.

Garmer, Amy. (2014). Rising to the Challenge: Reinvisioning Public Libraries. Washingon, DC: Aspen Institute.

Gastil, John and Peter Levine. (2005). The Deliberative Democracy Handbook. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Gastil, John. 1993). Democracy in Small Groups: Participation, Decision Making and Communication. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers.

The Gerontological Society of America. (2011). Civic Engagement in an Older America. Washington, DC: Gerontological Society of America.

Gibson, Craig and Christopher Dixon. (2011). “New Metrics for Academic Library Engagement,” Proceedings of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries: 340-351.

Gibson, Cynthia and Peter Levine. (Feb 2003). The Civic Mission of Schools. New York: Carnegie Corporation and CIRCLE.

Goulding, Anne. (2009). Engaging with community engagement: public libraries and citizen involvement. New Library World, 110 (1/2): 37-51,

Gross, Valery. (July 2011). “Choose Civility: Public Libraries Take Center Stage. Public Libraries. 50 (4): 32-38.

Gutsche, Betha. (2012). “The Engaged and Embedded Library: Moving from talk to action,” Web Junction News, August 31,

Harvard School of Public Health–MetLife Foundation, Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement. (2004). Reinventing Aging: Babyboomers and Civic Engagement, Cambridge, MA: Center for Health Communication.

Harwood Institute and American Library Association. (2015). Communities Have Challenges: Libraries Can Help—Step-by-Step Guide to “Turning Outward Toward Your Community. Bethesda, MD: Harwood Institute of Public Innovation.

Harwood, Richard. (2005). Hope Unraveled: The Peoples Retreat and Our Way Back. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Harwood, Richard. (2007). Make Hope Real: How We Can Accelerate Change for the Public Good. Bethesda, MD: Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Harwood Institute. (2003). Making It Real: How to Make Civic Engagement a Public Sensibility. Bethesda, MD: The Harwood Institute.

Harwood, Richard. (Fall 1995). The Public Realm: Where America Must Address Its Concerns. Bethesda, MD: The Harwood Institute.

Harwood, Richard & Aaron Leavy. (2011). Why We’re Here: The Powerful Impact of Public Broadcasters When They Turn Outward. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Harwood Institute. (2012). The Work of Hope: How Individuals & Organizations Can Authentically Do Good. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Hayuk, Ronald & Kevin Mattson. eds. (2002). Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American Political System for the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994). Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Henton, Douglas, John Melville, & Kim Walesh. (2004). Civic Revolutionaries; Igniting the Passion for Change in America’s Communities. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Herzig, Maggie and Laura Chasin. (2006). Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project. Watertown, MA: Public Conversations Project.

Hildreth, Susan. (2007). “Engaging Your Community: A Strategy for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century.” Public Libraries 46 (3): 7-9.

Hildreth, Susan. (2012). “Inspiring Libraries as Community Anchors,” National Civic Review. Winter 2012: 44-47.

Holman, Peggy, Tom Devane and Steven Cady. (2007). The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems. 2d ed., Revised and Expanded. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Holman, Peggy. (2010). Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval Ito Opportunity. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Hynes, Mary Hughes and Diane Kresh. (2012). “PLACE Making: The Arlington Way,” National Civic Review. Winter: 18-20.

Institute for Local Government. (2010). A Local Official’s Guide to Public Engagement in Budgeting. Sacramento, CA: Institute for Local Government.

Institute for Local Government, Collaborative Governance Initiative. (2007). Planning Public Forums: Questions to Guide Local Officials. Sacramento, CA: Institute for Local Government.

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). (2009). Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills. Washington, DC: IMLS,

International City Management Association (ICMA). (2011). Maximizing the Potential of Your Public Library: A Report on the Way Public Libraries Are Addressing Community Priorities. Washington, DC: ICMA.

Isaacs, William. (1999) Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together: A Pioneering Approach to Communicating in Business and in Life. New York: Doubleday.

Jacobs, Lawrence, Ray Lomax Cook and Michael Delli Carpini. (2009). Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.

Johansson, Veronica. (2004). “Public Libraries as Democratic Intermediaries: Some Examples from Sweden.”New Library World, 105(1), 47-59.

Keeter, Scott, Cliff Zukin, Molly Andolina, & Krista Jenkins. (September 19, 2002).

The Civic and Political Health of the Nation: A Generational Portrait. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers U. Eagleton Institute of Politics with CIRCLE and funded by the Pew Charitable Trust.

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2009). Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age. Washington, DC: Aspen Institute.

Knutson, Ellen. (2008). Libraries, Community and Change in Post-Soviet Russia: The Case of the Bryansk Regional Public Library System. Unpublished 3314963, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States — Illinois.

Kranich, Nancy. (2010). “Academic Libraries as Hubs for Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Public Deliberation special issue on Higher Education and Deliberative Democracy, vol. 6, #1, Article 4,

Kranich, Nancy. (2010). “Civic Engagement,” Podcast, Public Library Talk, December 31,

Kranich, Nancy, Michele Reid and Taylor Willingham. (July/August, 2004). “Civic Engagement and Academic Libraries,” College and Research Libraries News, 65, #4: 380-383, 388, 393.

Kranich, Nancy. (March/April 2006). “The Civic Mission of School Libraries,” Knowledge Quest 34 (4): 10-17,

Kranich, Nancy. (Winter 2005). “Civic Partnerships: The Role of Libraries in Promoting Civic Engagement,” in “Creative Collaborations: Libraries Within Their Institutions and Beyond,” Special issue of Resource Sharing and Information Networks 17, # 1 & 2.

Kranich, Nancy, Lynette Kvasny and Jorge Schement. (2009). “Communities, Learning, and Democracy in the Digital Age,” in John Carroll, ed., Learning in Communities Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Centered Information Technology, London: Springer: 41-44, available online at:

Kranich, Nancy and Carlton Sears. (2012). “The Conversation Continues @ your library,” with Carlton Sears, American Libraries, March/April, vol. 43 (3/4): 22.;

Kranich, Nancy. (March 2008). “Deliberative Dialogue: A Different Kind of Talk—Another Way to Engage Communities,” FOLUSA News Update, 31 (2): 5, 11.

Kranich, Nancy. (2012). “Deliberative Dialogue-Changing the Discourse in the Country, the Committee and the Classroom,” In Debbie Abilock, School Librarians as Leaders in Professional Development, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO: 299-302,

Kranich, Nancy. (2011). “Interview on Libraries and Democracy,” American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Democracy Project, Blog, January 4,

Kranich, Nancy. (2013). “Join the National Conversation About Mental Health,” Programming Librarian.

Kranich, Nancy. (2012). “Libraries and Civic Engagement,” Library and Book Trade Almanac. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Kranich, Nancy. (Ed.) (2001). Libraries and Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Kranich, Nancy. (2013). “Libraries and Strong Democracy: Moving from an Informed to a Participatory Citizenry,” Indiana Libraries, Special Issue on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship, 32 #1: 13-20.

Kranich, Nancy. (November 15, 2001). “Libraries Create Social Capital,” Library Journal 126, #19 (November 15, 2001): 40-41.

Kranich, Nancy, Anne Heanue and Taylor Willingham. (January 2003) “Libraries—Public Forums for Today’s Critical Issues,” American Libraries, 34, #1: 68-70.

Kranich, Nancy. (2004). “Libraries: The Information Commons of Civil Society,” in Douglas Schuler, Shaping the Network Society, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Preprint available on the Digital Library of the Commons:

Kranich, Nancy, Megan Lotts, and Gene Springs. (2014). “The Promise of Academic Libraries Transforming Campus Communities, College and Research Libraries News. 75 #4 (April 2014): 182-186.

Kranich, Nancy. (Fall 2010). “Promoting Adult Learning Through Civil Discourse in the Public Library,” In Marilyn Parrish and Edward Taylor, Adult Education in Cultural Institutions: Libraries, Museums, Parks, and Zoo, in series, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 127: 15-24.

Kranich, Nancy. (October 2004). “Promoting Civic Engagement through the Campus Library,” Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) Newsletter 27, # 5: 9, 11.

Kranich, Nancy. (August 2000). Smart Voting Starts at Your Library. Insert in American Libraries, August 2000.

Kranich, Nancy. (March/April 2003).Staking a Claim in the Information Commons,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 31, #4: 22-25. Preprint available on the Digital Library of the Commons:

Kretzmann, John P. and John L. McNight. (1993). Building Communities from the Inside Out. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications.

Kretzmann, Jodi and Susan Rans Urban Libraries Council. (2005). The Engaged Library: Chicago Stories of Community Building. Chicago, IL: Urban Libraries Council.

Lankes, R. David. (2011). The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Lankes, R. David. (2008). “The Ethics of Participatory Librarianship.” Journal of Library

Administration, 47(3/4), 233-241.

Lankes, R. David. (2012). Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World. Syracuse, NY: R, David Lankes.

Lankes, R. David, Joanne Silverstein, Scott Nicholson, and Todd Marshall. (2007). “Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation. Information Research 12 (4), October.

League of Women Voters. (2005). “Citizens Building Communities: The ABCs of Public Dialogue.” Washington, DC: League of Women Voters.

Leighninger, Matt. (2006). The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance – And Why Politics Will Never Be the Same. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt U. Press.

Leib, Ethan J. (2004). Deliberative Democracy in America: A Proposal for a Popular Branch of Government. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State Press.

Leong, Jack Hang Tat. (2013). “Community Engagement—Building Bridges Between University and Community by Academic Libraries in the 21st Century,” Libri 63 (3): 220-231.

Lerner, Josh. (2014). Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Levine, Peter. (2007). The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens. Medford, MA: Tufts Universsity Press.

Levine, Peter. (March-April 2006). “The Civic Mission of Schools: Chief Findings and Next Steps.” Knowledge Quest, 34 (4): 18-21.

Levine, Peter. (2013). We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: the Promise of Civic Renewal in America. NY: Oxford U. Press.

Lisman, David. (1998). Toward a Civil Society: Civic Literacy and Service Learning. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey.

London, Scott. (2010). Doing Democracy: How a Network of Grassroots Organizations is Strengthening Community, Building Capacity, and Shaping a New Kind of Civic Education. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Losinksi, Patrick. (2012). “From Books to Community: The Changing Value of Public

Libraries,” National Civic Review. Winter 2012: 4.

Lukas, Carol & Linda Hoskins. (2003). Conducting Community Forums: Engaging Citizens, Mobilizing Communities. St. Paul, MN: Wilder Center for Communities.
Lukensmeyer, Carolyn J. and Lars Hasselblad Torres. (2006). Public Deliberation: A Manager’s Guide to Public Engagement. Washington, DC: IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Lukensmeyer, Carolyn J. (2012). “Public Libraries and the Future of Democracy,” National Civic Review, Winter 2012: 3-14.

Macedo, Stephen, et. al. (2005). Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

“Making a Difference: Civic Engagement at the Public Library,” (October 26, 2012). Public Libraries Online,

Mathews, Brian. (2014). “Engines for Change; Libraries as Drivers of Engagement,”

entrelib: The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, Greensboro, NC, November.

Mathews, David. (2014). The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

David Mathews. (2006). Engaging Citizens: Meeting the Challenges of Community

Life. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Mathews, David. (2002). For Communities to Work. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Mathews, David. (March 1984). “The Public in Practice and Theory,” Public Administration Review, 44, special issue: 120-125.

Mathews, David. (1999). Politics for People, 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Mathews, David. & McAfee, Noelle. (2001). Making Choices Together: The Power of Public Deliberation. Dayton, OH: Charles F. Kettering Foundation.

Mathews, David. (2003). Why Public Schools? Whose Public Schools?

Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.

Mattson, Kevin. (2000). “The Librarian as Secular Minister to Democracy: The Life and Ideas of John Cotton Dana.” Libraries & Culture, 35(4), 514-534.

McCabe, Ronald. (2001). Civic Librarianship: Renewing the Social Mission of the Public Library. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

McConnell, Brian. (1999). Civil Society: The Underpinnings of American Democracy. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

McCook, Kathleen. (2000). A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building. Chicago: American Library Association.

McCoy, Martha L. & Patrick L. Scully. (2002). Deliberative Dialogue to Expand Civic Engagement: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need? National Civic Review, 91(2), 117-135.

McKibben, Bill. (2007). Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

McKnight, John, & Peter Block. (2010). The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Meek, Gerry. (2012). “Promoting Civic Literacy and Community Building: Civic Engagement Matters at the Calgary Public Library,” National Civic Review. Winter 2012: 41-43.

Milner, Henry. (2002). Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

Missouri Deliberates. (2003). Discovering Common Ground–Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making (training manual).   Columbia, MO: Community Development, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension.

Molz, R. Kathleen & Dain, Phyllis. (1999). Civic Space/Cyberspace: The American Public Library in the Digital Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Monitor Institute. (2013). Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening. New York: The Rockefeller Foundation.

Montgomery, Kathryn, Barbara Gottlieb-Robles & Gary Larson, (March 2004). Youth as E-Citizens:  Engaging the Digital Generation. Washington, DC: American University, Center for Social Media.

Morse, Suzanne. (2004). Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Mortimer, Jeffrey. (2012). “The Culture Yet to Be: Librarianship and the Democratic Tradition,” International Society for Value Inquiry.

Mutz, Diana. (2006). Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy, NY: Cambridge.

National Civic League and the Urban Libraries Council. (Winter 2012). “Civic Engagement and Public Libraries.” National Civic Review. San Francisco: Special Issue.

National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation. (2010). “Engagement Streams Framework.”

National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation. (2010). Resource Guide on Public Engagement.

National Commission on Civic Renewal. (1998). A Nation of Spectators: How Civic Disengagement Weakens America and What We Can Do About It. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.

The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. (2012). A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Niemi, Richard G. & Jane Junn. (1998). Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Noe, George “Skip”. (2012). “Libraries and Civic Engagement: Finding Hope After Tragedy,” National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 11-12.

Otero-Boisvert, Maria. (2011). “Participating in the Conversation,” SLIS Student Research Journal, 1 (2):

Palfrey, John. (2015). Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. NY: Basic Books.

Parsons, Michael H., & C. David Lisman, (eds). (1996). Promoting Community Renewal through Civic Literacy and Service Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Partnership for a More Perfect Union. (2009). Online Town Hall Meetings: Exploring Democracy in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Congressional Management Foundation.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2003). Learning for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Patrick, John J. (2003). Teaching Democracy Globally, Internationally, and Comparatively: The 21st Century Civic Mission of Schools.

Pawley, Christine. (2010). Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America. Amherst, MA: U. of Massachusetts Press.

Peet, Lisa. (2015). “Rich Harwood on Libraries as Change Agents, Turning Outward, and the Need for Qualitative Data,” Library Journal, January 9.

Pennsylvania State University Public Broadcasting. (2002). Digital Alliances–Partnerships in Public Service: Models for Collaboration. Washington, DC: Benton Foundation.

Poland, Matthew, and Homa Naficy. (2012). “The American Place at Hartford

Public Library: Tackling Digital Citizenship, National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 27-29.

Preer, Jean. (Spring 1993). “The American Heritage Project: Librarians and the Democratic Tradition in the Early Cold War.” Libraries and Culture 28 (2):167-188.

Preer, Jean. (Fall 2001). “Exploring the American Idea at the New York Public Library.” American Studies, 42 (3), 135-154.

Preer, Jean. (2008). “Promoting Citizenship: How Librarians Helped Get Out the Vote in the 1952 Election.” Libraries and the Cultural Record 43 (1), 1-28.

Pruitt, Bettye and Philip Thomas. (2007). Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Pracitioners. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),.;ss=;t=;f_id=789

Putnam, Robert D., Lewis M. Feldstein, with Don Cohen. (2003). Better Together: Restoring the American Community, New York: Simon and Schuster. (includes chapter on the Chicago Public Library).

Putnam, Robert. (December 2000). Better Together: The Report of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. Kennedy School of Government.

Putnam, Robert. (January 1995). “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital,” Journal of Democracy 6 #1: 65-78.

Putnam, Robert. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Putnam, Robert. (February 11, 2002). “Bowling Together,” The American Prospect 13 #3: 20-22.

Putnam, Robert, ed. (2002). Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society. New York: Oxford University Press.

Putnam, Robert D., Lewis M. Feldstein, with Don Cohen. (2003). “Branch Libraries: The Heartbeat of the Community,” Better Together: Restoring the American Community, New York: Simon and Schuster: 34-54.

Reid, Randall H. (2012). “Community Libraries: Let Us Praise the Last Great Civic Place,” National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 39-40.

Renaisi Ltd. (March 2011). Community Engagement in Public Libraries: An Evaluation Update of the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Libraries Programme. London: Museums, Libraries, and Archives.

Robbins, Jane B. (1975). Citizen Participation and Public Library Policy. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.

Sandel, Michael J. (1996). Democracy’s Discontent. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Santiago, Raymond. (2012). “YOUmedia Miami: Engaging Youth in Powerful

New Ways,” National Civic Review. 101 (4) Winter 2012: 36-38.

Saunders, Harold H. (1999). Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Schudson, Michael. (1998). The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life. New York: Free Press.

Schull, Diantha Dow. (2015). Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Schull, Diantha. (2004). “The Civic Library: A Model for 21st Century Participation,” Advances in Librarianship, vol 28: 55-82.

Showkeir, Jamie & Maren Showkeir. 2008. Authentic Conversations: Moving From Manipulation to Truth and Commitment. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

Sirianni, Carmen & Lewis Friedland. (2001). Civic Innovation in America: Community Empowerment, Public Policy, and the Movement for Civic Renewal. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

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Sirianni, Carmen. (2009). Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Government. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

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  1. Susan Clark

    Hi Nancy – what a great list. We read a lot of the same things. The links at Programming Librarian site are not working. Neither the link to your article there or Carolyn Caywood’s is working.

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