American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 6, June-July

Academic Librarians Launch a Strategic Campaign: Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. (Special News Report)
Dogwood and redbud trees were in full bloom April 10-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, for "Learning to Make a Difference," ACRL's 11th National Conference, as a record-breaking number of academic librarians met to discuss issues and bring ideas home....
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A Career Center Model: 27 Years at InfoPlace; Cuyahoga County Public Library Uses a Traditional Approach to Provide Cutting-Edge Career Services. (Service)
Since his job as a shipping clerk at a steel-processing plant was downsized, Marcus K. has visited his local public library in a large Eastern seaboard city every day for the last four months, looking at job listings on the library's public Internet-access...
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ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto June 19-25 2003
Annual Conference Toronto June 19-25 2003. Songs & Stories from Clyde Edgerton and the Rank Strangers Band Saturday, June 21, 3:30-5:00 pm Metro Toronto Covention Centre (MTCC) Auditorium Enjoy an afternoon of Americana music and...
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ALA Councilors Elected. (News Fronts ALA)
Thirty-three members have been elected to Council for 2003-2006 in results announced May 1. * Ismail Abdullahi, associate professor, Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Science, Atlanta, 1,927 votes. * Elizabeth (Betty)...
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ASCLA Works Together on Status. (the Association's Associations)
A recurring theme in our profession is Why Status Matters, and the members of ALA's Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA) have the top five answers to that question: 5. Federal funding Although getting federal funding won't...
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Brey-Casiano Elected President; Switzer Is New Treasurer. (News Fronts ALA)
Carol A. Brey-Casiano, executive director of El Paso (Tex.) Public Library, has been elected 2004-2005 ALA president. Brey-Casiano received 4,221 of the 9,844 votes cast and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect before she takes office...
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Cell Phones in the Stacks: Should Libraries Move to Ban or Restrict the Ubiquitous Devices? (Policies)
Ring. Ring. Ring. RING. "Hello? HELLO? HELLO? I CAN'T HEAR YOU VERY WELL. CAN YOU HEAR ME? ... That's better. Sorry about taking so long to pick up the phone. It was in my book bag, and I couldn't find it ... I'm at the library studying....
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Cited
Carolyn Argentati, Donald E. Moreland associate director for public services at North Carolina State University Libraries, has been named a 2003 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow. The institute provides a two-week residential program for faculty, librarians,...
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Datebook. (Events)
ALA EVENTS Aug. 1-6: ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion '03, University of Rhode Island, Kingston. Contact: Margot Sutton, 800-5452433, ext. 2522; msutton@ala.org; www.ala.org/acrl/. CHAPTER CONFERENCES Aug. 13-15: Pacific Northwest...
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Denver Library Focuses on Blacks in the West. (News Fronts)
Hundreds of people attended the April 26 opening of Denver Public Library's $16-million, 40,000-square-foot Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, a combination DPL branch and research facility that showcases the history, art, literature,...
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Dinosaurs, Dancing, and Dedications Mark NLW 2003
Libraries nationwide celebrated the 45th anniversary of National Library Week, April 6-12, with a variety of activities, programs, and special events. 1. The library staff at Temple University's Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia hosts an April...
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Director's Firing Fans Flames among Indy Trustees. (News Fronts)
After refusing to offer his resignation, Indianapolis--Marion County Public Library Chief Executive Officer Edward M. Szynaka was fired by a 4--2 vote of the library board April 17. Laura G. Johnson, formerly director of community libraries, was immediately...
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Diverse Dining in Toronto: Sophisticated Fusion Fare Reflects the City's Multicultural Nature. (Annual Conference)
Since arriving from Montreal in 1980, I have watched Toronto evolve into a major cultural, entertainment, and financial center. Despite the recent amalgamation of surrounding municipalities into one great big one, Toronto still retains the distinction...
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Do Librarians with Tenure Get More Respect? Library Deans Mark Y. Herring and Michael Gorman Weigh in on Whether Faculty Status Is Worth the Effort. (Professionalism)
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield has nothing on the library profession when it comes to the quest for respect. Among the solutions librarians have hit upon is eligibility for tenure in the academic setting, which may have partially inspired ALA's latest...
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Encore ALA Canada! Crossing an International Border for Annual Conference May Seem Unusual, but U.S. Librarians Have Been Doing That for a Century. (Annual Conference)
Does it seem odd that the American Library Association scheduled its Annual Conference to take place in Canada this year? Although a conference in another country may seem like a novelty, a look back at ALA conference sites--Montreal 1900, 1934, and...
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FCC Adopts New Rules to Cut E-Rate Fraud. (News Fronts Washington)
The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules April 23 designed to address concerns over fraud and abuse in the e-rate program, which subsidizes telecommunications costs for libraries and schools. The changes bar persons convicted of a...
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FILLing in the Public-Librarian Ranks: Internships Aren't Just for Academic Library Students Any More. (Recruitment)
Michael McGrorty is on his fifth career and loving every minute of it. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he worked as a consultant for trade unions and as a private investigator. As a young man, he also served as a library clerk at Rutgers University...
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Global Reach
GERMANY The 70th anniversary of the nationwide burning of books by the Nazis in the courtyard of Berlin's Humboldt University was commemorated May 10 with readings, lectures, and discussions of many of the books that were destroyed. Extracts of...
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Google Answers Is Not the Answer: A Veteran Librarian Has Questions about Google's Fee-Based Reference Service. (Reference)
As a freelance librarian, I am always looking for opportunities to hire myself out to do other people's research for them. The rise of the Internet as a primary reference tool created more ways for me to do this, but it also resulted in many more people...
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Grassroots Report: Head Start, Part 2: Budgeting. (Literacy)
Budgets. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. There's a lot of talk about budgets these days, at many different levels. Library budgets are getting cut; the federal budget is running a major deficit. The federal Head Start program may take...
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Internet Librarian: The Centrality of Centrality. (Information Technology)
Over the last few weeks, I've had the privilege of speaking to several fascinating groups of librarians: the state library associations of Texas and Washington and the Army Library Institute. I always have fun meeting people at conferences, and these...
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Kenyon College Wins $1-Million Theft Judgment. (News Fronts)
Beginning sometime in the mid-1990s, hundreds of rare items--including the first English-language edition of Gerhard Mercator's atlas, printed in 1635 and valued at $8,000--disappeared from the Kenyon College library in Gambler, Ohio. Now, nearly three...
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Librarian Recruitment Process at Home in the Wired Nation: Online Job Advertising Is Now the Norm, Survey Reveals. (Employment)
It was in the 1994 Bowker Annual that ALA's Office for Library Personnel Resources first noted that librarians were advertising jobs on e-mail discussion lists. Since then, the trend toward online recruitment has increased. Currently, 45 states sponsor...
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Librarian's Library: Resources for Continuing Education. (Professional Literature)
Money Matters Anyone interested in pay issues will want to check out The Library Compensation Handbook: A Guide for Administrators, Librarians and Staff Author David A. Baldwin explains how salaries are determined and suggests ways to influence...
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Library Champions: American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2002-2003 Library Champions
Don Leslie, Industry & Government Business Manager 3M LIBRARY SYSTEMS Fur over 30 years, 3M has been partnering with libraries to help them successfully meet the changing needs of their customers. In addition to providing innovative security,...
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Mesa Aims to Eradicate "Culture of Fear". (News Fronts)
The city of Mesa, Arizona, will conduct a departmentwide management study and spend $5,000 for a leadership coach to help its public library staff "improve communication and strengthen team building" following an investigation into charges that Director...
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Obituaries
Bryce L. Allen, 54, who retired in 2001 from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, died April 27. Before joining UM in 1996, he had been an information science faculty member at the University...
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On My Mind: Memory Loss in Iraq. (Opinion)
When our nation attacked and quickly conquered the Iraq of Saddam Hussein--and the legitimacy of that war is not at issue here--we took on the responsibility for safeguarding the cultural legacy of human civilization housed in the museums and libraries...
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Pueblo Board Resigns after Firing Director. (News Fronts)
A controversy that began when the Pueblo (Cob.) City-County Library District board fired the library's popular director has brought about the resignation of the entire board in the face of pressure from city and county officials. Board President...
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Quick Bibs: Movie Moguls. (Collection Development)
Ever since I read Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon, I've been a sucker for books about the great movie moguls. The mix of art and commerce, glamour and street smarts, makes stories about Thalberg, Mayer, Warner, Goldwyn, et al., irresistible on multiple...
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Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Letters and Comments ALA's Iraq Efforts Misplaced Beyond its notion that "It's a fait accompli: We cannot do a thing" and the call of official ALA to ostentatiously help create a new monument to cultural colonialism in lieu of the existing (yes,...
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Staff Speaks Volumes with "Art of the Library": Columbia College Makes Exhibit Space Come Alive with a Showcase of Homegrown Talent. (Staff Development)
"I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians."--Gorilla Librarian, Monty Python's Flying Circus Library staff at Columbia...
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Technically Speaking: Newspapers-on-Demand @ Your Library. (Information Technology)
It's funny how we first became aware of all this. Last year a tourist must have walked into the library to look around, and wound up in our newspaper reading gallery with a newspaper he had brought in with him. And once he'd finished reading it, he...
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The Crawford Files: Looking Back on Library Technology. (Library History)
In preparing to speak at the 30th anniversary of the University of Tennessee's School of Information Science last fall, I looked at some elements of library life in 1972 and 1973. How many people remember what library services and technology were like...
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The Struggle Continues. (President's Message)
I began my term as ALA president-elect with a mission: better salaries and pay equity. My goal was to convince library workers everywhere that just because they love working in libraries, they don't have to accept the proposition that they should be...
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They're "Librarians"-Because It's Dangerous. (Editorial)
When I was in Cuba for the 1994 conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, one of the many strange sights in that country, where time seems to have stopped in the 1950s, was the entrepreneurial ambition of...
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Though Devastating, Iraq Library Losses May Be Less Than Feared: Cultural Organizations Deplore Destruction, Call for Accurate Accounting. (Special News Report)
Cultural organizations and intellectuals around the world have voiced their dismay over the destruction and theft of Iraqi antiquities from the National Library and National Museum in the looting and burning that followed the takeover of Baghdad by...
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Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)
"Fortunately, we have those Fedayeen of free-speech advocacy, America's librarians, fighting back." Editorial board member CLARENCE PAGE on privacy rights and the merits of the USA Patriot Act, Chicago Tribune, April 23. "It used to be, a librarian...
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Toronto in Time: A Preview of Things to Come and a Look Back in Pictures as ALA Returns to Canada. (ALA/CLA Joint Conference, June 19-25)
Home to more than 100 divergent cultures, 80 spoken languages, and 30 different neighborhoods, Toronto has been designated by the United Nations as the most ethnically diverse city in the world. For the first time in 43 years, the American and the...
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Will's World: Calling Superb Library Patrons. (Commentary)
I have never really liked awards. My admiration for actors Woody Allen and Marlon Brando increased tremendously when they turned their backs on Hollywood and refused to accept their Academy Awards. There are several problems with awards. For one thing,...
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Working Knowledge: Helpful Hints for ALA Conferences. (Professional Development)
Q I've been a reference librarian for seven years, and while I've been to a couple of state conferences and continuing-education classes, I've never attended an ALA Annual Conference. My boss will be on maternity leave during this year's conference,...
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