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Tactical Urbanism for Librarians: Quick, Low-Cost Ways to Make Big Changes
Karen Munro
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1558-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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176 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9780838915585
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C, I
Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize. Here, Munro offers plentiful examples from cities and libraries that show where tactical urbanism is happening now and making a difference. A quick-start guide that inspires and empowers libraries to launch their own tactical library projects, this book addresses such topics as
  • useful urbanism concepts such as placemaking, pink zones, design thinking, and optical leverage;
  • 12 steps to becoming a tactical library interventionist;
  • 4 tactical urbanism case studies, such as the Astoria Scum River Bridge, Park(ing) Day, and Self-Gentrification, with discussion of why they matter to libraries;
  • 5 library case studies, including Library Box, Boston Street Labs Storefront Library, and a “Dewey-Less” Library System, that demonstrate how libraries can apply tactical urbanism concepts;
  • how cities and libraries can overlap initiatives, spotlighting real-world examples; and
  • ways that library leaders can cultivate a tactics-friendly organization.
This book illustrates how tactical urbanism offers librarians the tools to deliver fast, inexpensive, and innovative projects with big impact.
Table of Contents


Chapter One    An Introduction to Tactical Urbanism

Chapter Two    Tactical Urbanism Case Studies
Sidebar: Some Useful Urbanism Concepts
Chapter Three    A Realistic Tactical Approach
Sidebar: How about Tactical Business Practices?
Chapter Four    Library Case Studies

Chapter Five    Library Meets City

Chapter Six    Coming Back to Earth

Chapter Seven    A Library Leader’s Guide to Building a Tactical Library

Chapter Eight    Twelve Steps to Becoming a Tactical Library Interventionist
Sidebar: Tactical Follow-Ups: Where to Find More
Chapter Nine    Summing Up


About the Author

Karen Munro is Head of the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons. Previously she was E-Learning Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley and Literature Librarian at the University of Oregon. She publishes and presents often on topics related to library design and outreach to users, particularly those in the fields of architecture and design.

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