Local community: a long view


This chapter discusses the meaning of community as defined by the philosopher Josiah Royce. It defines social media and looks briefly at the efforts of libraries, since the advent of social media, to develop new services for their users, to use social media to develop their local user communities, and to bring the world to their communities. It introduces the four libraries that are the focus of the book.

Key words

Josiah Royce


social media

traditional media



local community

Library Journal Movers and Shakers

Open Cover Letters

social media campaigns

A long process

To bring the world to our local community, or to take our community to the world, is by no means a novel ...

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