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Intended for current library professionals, this toolkit provides a theoretical basis for completing public history projects about libraries and explores specific project types, selected best practices and related resources. It divides into three major sections: Part 1, “Planning,” Part 2 “Gathering” and Part 3, “Sharing.” Respectively, these sections cover the preparation, collection and communication tasks of research projects and, where appropriate, offer readers several types of potentially useful resources. Many of these resources—forms, letters, standards, examples of evidence—were used for the author’s Roots of Community project and appear as examples of resources deemed suitable for that project. In other instances, the booklet cites examples of other but similar projects. The project types explored are generally inexpensive, produce (in most cases) permanent deliverables, and can be completed at any pace and/or attempted by public libraries of nearly any size. Libraries may attempt projects on their own or in partnership with local museums, archives or historical societies.


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