American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 7-8, July-August

ALA Annual Conference 2012 Wrap-Up: A Grand Total of 20,134 People Attended the American Library Association's 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California (Nine Registrants Better Than Last Year's Conference in New Orleans)
A few hundred of these attendees came out to witness the announcement of the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which were awarded to Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie. It was the first time ALA, which sponsors...
Amped-Up Ebook Apps: In Today's Volatile and Unpredictable World of Publishing, the Way We Write and Preserve Stories Will Continue to Evolve
I wrote here a few months ago about reading--its power and ubiquity and transcendence of format: "The authors and publishers get it; the ways in which the stories are displayed come and go, and what matters are the story and the storytelling." [ILLUSTRATION...
A New World of Data: Populating the Semantic Web
The world today is clearly not that of our library predecessors, of Melvil Dewey and Charles Ammi Cutter, not even of Seymour Lubetzky or Michael Gorman. The changes that have taken place since the introduction of the personal computer and the globalization...
A Tale of Two Students: Why Acceptable Use Policies Make Such a Difference
Meet Michael. In June, he graduated from a high school where he was encouraged to use his own technology for teaching and learning, and to connect to the district's Wi-Fi network, where he shared almost complete open internet access on school-and personal-learning...
Essential Bookmarks: An Indispensable Guide to E-Content Websites and Resources for Librarians
It's no surprise: As a profession, we are facing a rapidly developing issue of growing significance, and that issue is e-content. As its consumption grows and devices become more ubiquitous, many in our profession believe the scale of the problem...
Global Reach
CANADA 1 Speed dating has been given a bookish twist, thanks to the Toronto Public Library's debut GLBTQ Literary Speed Dating night, which took place July 4 at TPL's Bloor/Gladstone branch. Organized by librarian Raymond Lam to coincide with the...
How Public Libraries Are a Noon to Small Business: Information Resources Are Especially Valuable to Entrepreneurs in Tough Times
Libraries from coast to coast have won accolades for being oases in the unemployment desert for millions of job seekers using their libraries' free internet computers to sharpen their interview skills and sift through job boards. Much less recognized...
Indies See Surge at BookExpo America in New York
Long before the controversies that now bedevil the book publishing and bookselling industry--ebook policies and the many-tentacled presence of Amazon.com--appeared on the horizon, there was still concern about the lack of actual booksellers on the...
Librarian Lifespan
Some 20,000 of us decided to start summer off right with a trip to ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim last month. If you missed the excitement, or want a recap on what happened, no worries: We've provided a wrap-up for you in this issue on pages 36-45....
Newamaker: Karen Keninger
Karen Keninger became director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in March. She is the first person who is blind to direct the Braille and talking-book program....
Rethinking ALA: Careful Consideration and Planning Are Necessary to Reshape the Association
A year ago then--ALA President Molly Raphael called for "all of us to work together and build a better future for all library communities." As president-elect I took these words to heart and made the commitment to continue the work of Molly's presidency...
Study: Public Awareness Gap on Ebooks in Libraries
A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project finds that 12% of readers of ebooks borrowed an ebook from their libraries in the past year, and that most people (62%) don't know if their local library provides ebooks....
Summer Reading Goes to School
While public libraries have traditionally provided space for schoolchildren and adults to participate in an array of programming geared around summer reading, a growing number of academic and school libraries are now taking a page from their public-library...
Tools for Optimal Flow: Technology-Enabled Research Workflows
It's amazing how quickly things change in the world of technology. When I wrote a book in 2005, I printed out all my research sources so I could highlight and take notes on them. I kept track of things I found on the web using a social bookmarking...
Toronto Library Hosts Comics Fest
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) may not have the name recognition of multimedia geek extravaganzas like San Diego Comic-Con International, but to devoted attendees, TCAF has become the must-attend comics event of the year. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Vendors Showcase Their Wares in Anaheim: Innovative Practical Technologies Keep the Exhibit Hall Buzzing
Interested buyers found tech products that press beyond established boundaries as well as those that enable bread-and-butter library activities in the Anaheim Convention Center during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Products ranged from discovery services...
What's New in LIS Schools: A Snapshot of Librarianship's Never-Ending Metamorphosis
"Librarians of the future will be knowledge navigators. They will understand digital resources as well as printed books and other formats. Their services will not be restricted by physical location, either of the materials or of themselves." That...
Why Recent Court Rulings Don't Change the Rules on Filtering
Several libraries have been sued recently on the grounds that their internet filtering programs are unconstitutional, raising questions in the library community about whether the rules have changed about blocking software. The short answer is no....
Working Part-Time after Retirement: Whether You Work by Choice or out of Necessity, You'll Find That Opportunities Abound for Library Retirees
Art and books have been two big passions in my life, but I was not able to combine them professionally until after I was into my seventh decade. I enjoyed the 40-plus years I spent, working in an academic library, but before I knew it, I was 68 and...
Your Mileage May Vary: A Clunker of a Job to One Person Is a Thrill Ride to Another
It's a question every used car buyer has to answer: "Is it the years or the miles?" Am I better off buying that vintage Pontiac Lemmas with the really cool styling or that stodgy-looking two-year-old Honda? Looks can be deceiving. The vintage Pontiac...