Civic Participation and Libraries Recommended Reading

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Civic Participation and Libraries

Recommended Reading


Nancy Kranich

Civic Librarian

Revised 7/11

Libraries and Civic Engagement Items Highlighted in Yellow
Ackerman, Bruce & James Fishkin (2004). Deliberation Day. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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.
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.
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.
Bringle, Robert G., Richard Garnes, and Edward A. Malloy. (Ed.s) (1999). Colleges and Universities and Citizens. Needham Heights, MA: Adlyn & Bacon.
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.
Christenson, Karen & David Levinson, eds. (2003). Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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.
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.
de Tocqueville, Alexis. (1990). Democracy in America. New York: Vintage Books.
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.
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.
Gastil, John and Peter Levine. (2005). The Deliberative Democracy Handbook. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Gibson, Cynthia and Peter Levine. (Feb 2003). The Civic Mission of Schools. New York: Carnegie Corporation and CIRCLE.
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, 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.
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.

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.
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,
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.
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.
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, Michele Reid and Taylor Willingham. (July/August, 2004). “Civic Engagement and Academic Libraries,” College and Research Libraries News, 65, #4: 380-383, 388, 393. Downloadable text available at:
Kranich, Nancy. (March/April 2006). “The Civic Mission of School Libraries,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 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. Downloadable text available at:
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. (March 2008). “Deliberative Dialogue: A Different Kind of Talk—Another Way to Engage Communities,” FOLUSA News Update, 31 (2): 5, 11.
Kranich, Nancy. (Ed.) (2001). Libraries and Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
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. Downloadable text available at:
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. (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. Downloadable text available at:
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. (1997). Building Communities from the Inside Out. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications.
Lankes, David. (2011). The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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.
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,

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.
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.

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.
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.
Matthews, 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.

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

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.
Niemi, Richard G. & Jane Junn. (1998). Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn. New Haven: Yale University Press.
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.
Pennsylvania State University Public Broadcasting. (2002). Digital Alliances--Partnerships in Public Service: Models for Collaboration. Washington, DC: Benton Foundation.
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.
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.
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. (2004). “The Civic Library: A Model for 21st Century Participation,” Advances in Librarianship, vol 28: 55-82.
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.
Sirianni, Carmen & Lewis Friedland. (2005). The Civic Renewal Movement: Community Building and Democracy in the United States. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.
Sirianni, Carmen. (2009). Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Government. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
Skocpol, Theda. (2003). Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
Skocpol, Theda & Morris Fiorina, eds. (1999). Civic Engagement in American Democracy. Washington, DC: Brookings/Russell Sage.
Study Circles Resource Center. (2001). Organizing Community-wide Dialogue for Action and Change: A Step-by-step Guide. Pomfret, CT: Study Circles Resource Center.

Svara, James and Janet Denhardt, eds. (2010). Connected Communities: Local Governments as a Partner in Civic Engagement and Community Building. Alliance for Innovation.

Torney-Puerta, Judith & Susan Vermeer. (August 2004). Developing Citizenship Competencies from Kindergarten through Grade 12: A Background Paper for Policymakers and Educators. Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. (November 1999). NAEP 1998 Civics Report Card for the Nation. Washington, DC: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NCES 2000-457.

Verba, Sydney, & Norman H. Nie. (1972). Participation in America. New York: Harper.
Verba, Sydney, Kay Lehman Scholzman, & Henry Brady. (1995). Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Wheatley, Margaret. (1999). Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers,
Williams, Terry Tempest. (2004). The Open Space of Democracy. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Orion Books.
Willingham, Taylor. (2008). “Libraries as Civic Agents,” Public Library Quarterly. 27 (2) 2008: 97-110.
Wood, M. (2005). Standards of Excellence in Civic Engagement: How Public Agencies Can Learn from the Community, Use What They Learn, and Demonstrate that Public Knowledge Matters. Bethesda, MD: The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.
Yankelovich, Daniel. (1991). Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Yankelovich, Daniel. (1999). The Magic of Dialogue. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Zukin, Cliff, Scott Keeter, Molly Andolina, Krista Jennings, and Michael Delli Carpini. (2006). A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen. New York: Oxford University Press.

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