American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 11, December

2005 ALA Council Nominees
CHRISTINE ALLEN District Librarian, K-12 Riverside Unified School District Riverside, California TONI BERNARDI Chief of Children and Youth Services San Francisco Public Library San Francisco, California MARY BERRY Professor...
ALA Executive Board: Washington Office Purchase Moves Forward
The Association's plans to purchase property to house its Washington Office moved closer to reality at the ALA Executive Board's fall meeting October 22-24 in Chicago. At the board's June meeting during Annual Conference, Senior Endowment Trustee...
American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition: June 23-30, 2005 Chicago, Illinois
ALA is planning another exciting Annual Conference. Register early for low rates and great speakers, programs and events! This year's Auditorium Speaker Series will include librarian and author Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading...
Buddha at the Gate, Running: Why People Challenge Library Materials; Parents Who Voice Their Concerns Are the Very Patrons We Should Prize
Over my 14 years as a library director, I have received over 200 "requests for reconsideration"--typically, requests to remove library books, audiotapes, and movies from our collections. Last summer, I pulled out all my responses (I answer all such...
Buffalo Could Close Central Library, All 52 Branches
The Buffalo and Erie County (N.Y.) Public Library expects to lose at least two-thirds of its total operating budget next year. In an October 18 letter to Library Executive Director Michael Mahaney, county Budget Director Joseph Passafiume said the...
Burger, Hage Seek 2006-2007 Presidency
Leslie Burger, director of the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library, and Christine Lind Hage, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township, Michigan, are the nominees for the 2006-07 ALA presidency. The Executive Board approved the...
Cited
Ocean County (N.J.) Library Director Elaine McConnell was named 2004 Woman of Distinction by the Soroptimist International of Toms River October 13. The award recognizes women who have made outstanding achievements in professional, business, or volunteer...
Clinton Library Draws Crowds, Boosts Local Economy
The long-anticipated William J. Clinton Presidential Library opened in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, amid a weeklong avalanche of ceremony and spectacle designed to keep the 30,000 visitors to the event talking about it for years. A presidential...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Saul Amdursky left his position as director of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library and became CEO/chief administrative officer of the Fraser Valley Regional Library in British Columbia December 1. * Tom Andersen was named chief of the California State...
Finances: Building Purchase Will Strengthen ALA's Presence in Washington
The Washington Office of the American Library Association has been a vital element in the Association's advocacy efforts for intellectual freedom and equality of access to information since 1945. However, over the past 10 years the Washington Office...
Flash Floods Drench University of Hawaii Library
Flash floods sent a wall of water--up to 12 feet at its highest point--through the ground floor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hamilton Library October 30, ripping out office walls and soaking 230,000 rare maps and aerial photographs, thousands...
Global Reach
WALES The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has gone on record in opposing a proposal by the Assembly Government to bring it under direct control. Library officials warned Culture Minister Alun Pugh that such a change would weaken its effectiveness...
Grassroots Report: Finding an Ethical Balance
Ethical dilemmas sometimes arise through conflicts between elements of an ethical code. Yet it seems that difficulties in libraries arise more frequently from conflicts between the often-stated aims of meeting obligations to users and less-often-voiced...
High Noon at Clark Atlanta University: Requiem for a Library School?
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, the director of the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, fondly remembers her student days at the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) in Atlanta. It was...
In Defense of America's Freedoms: An Offshoot of ALA Celebrates 35 Years of "Societal Good"
Reporting on his own 1735 trial for seditious libel for his disrespect of the Crown, colonial printer and New York Weekly Journal Editor John Peter Zenger wrote that when the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty "there were three huzzahs in the...
Internet Librarian: What's Next? Search Me
Ah, Dialog. Come back with me now and spend a moment basking in the halcyon glow of the days when the company exercised hegemony in the world of searching. (I myself never even learned BRS and always had to remind myself of the Lexis/Nexis commands,...
Lessons School Librarians Teach Others; Class: The Subject Is Integrity
The school library media specialist (SLMS) has stepped up to the professional plate as a primary policymaker, staff trainer, and expert on information and technology ethics in our schools. We place equal or greater importance on the teaching of...
Librarian at Risk: After Exposing Embezzlers in Cameroon, Innocent Afuh Awasom Seeks Refuge at the University of Minnesota
Before he left Cameroon, Innocent Afuh Awasom was a respected deputy university librarian and head of the research library at the University of Ngaoundere in northern Cameroon. Today, he is working part-time in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities...
Libraries Nix Flicks as Patrons Cry Partisanship
In the days preceding the November 2 election, at least five city libraries cancelled their plans to offer free screenings of several documentaries focusing on the U.S. prosecution of the war on terrorism due to patron complaints that the films presented...
Make It a Sweep in Boston. Go 4-0 by Attending All of the ALA Championship Events
AUTHOR FORUM Friday, January 14 4:00-5:15 p.m. CHRIS BOHJALIAN SPONSORED BY RANDOM HOUSE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Chris Bohjalian, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Midwives, is once again engaging readers in his latest novel,...
Melvil Dewey on the Polar Express
In the new film The Polar Express, Tom Hanks plays numerous roles, including a 7-year-old boy and his father, a train conductor, a hobo, Scrooge, and Santa Claus. The filmmakers used a technique called "performance capture" to combine live and digital...
Naperville Seeks Limits on Illinois Privacy Law
The Naperville city council voted unanimously November 2 to recommend that the Illinois legislature modify the state's 1983 Library Confidentiality Act to give police quicker access to patron records, the Naperville Sun reported November 4. The...
Obituaries
James F. Govan, 78, university librarian emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died October 2. In nearly two decades of heading the school's libraries, he oversaw the building of the 436,000-square-foot Walter R. Davis Library,...
On My Mind; America's Libraries: Democracy's PR Tools
I hesitated to write about libraries when people in Iraq are suffering for want of the basic necessities of life, like food, electricity, and security. But when I read Thomas Friedman's column in the May 27, 2004, New York Times, I changed my mind....
Pageantry and Politics at Publishing's Big Event: The 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair
Publishers, prizes, press conferences. Pageantry, politics, posturing. Frankfurt simply has it all. For five days every fall, this metropolis on Germany's Main River is the center of the book world. This year, 6,691 publishers from all over the globe...
Serving Blind Readers in a Digital Age: LC's National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Moves toward a Digital Future
It's a truism that today's rapid pace of technological change affects us all. Nonetheless, in the world of library service to blind and physically handicapped people--which today includes an estimated 2 million Americans who cannot read standard print...
Spreading Social Epidemics
Now that flu season is upon us, I am sure that many will experience the phenomenon of an officewide epidemic that begins with just one ill person. What would happen if we could spread ideas and actions just as easily as we spread the flu, creating...
Straight Answers from Ted Kooser
You'll never be able to make a living writing poems," Ted Kooser cautions beginning poets in The Poetry Home Repair Manual, due out in January from the University of Nebraska Press. "But look at it this way: Any activity that's worth lots of money,...
Technically Speaking: Whither Library Automation?
There is great sport for a systems librarian in following the business of integrated library systems (a term that has nearly outlived its usefulness). One thing's for sure, whichever firm you look at: This is not your father's library automation company....
The Top Ten Library Stories of 2004
Tumbling budgets and closed doors marked 2004 as a year in which libraries across the country were asked to do more with less and sometimes buckled at the prospect. Counteracting the bad news, library use continued to rise, as did librarian salaries,...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
From the 2004 Presidential Campaign Trail "I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job." First Lady wannabe TERESA HEINZ KERRY in USA Today,...
Working Knowledge: Picture Yourself in the Director's Chair
Q I am head of youth services at a small library in Michigan but was recently appointed interim director after the previous administrator left for a new position. The board of trustees has asked me to apply for the job permanently, but I'm not sure...
YALSA Celebrates the Past, Looks Ahead
At next month's 2005 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, 40 young adult librarians will become the fourth class of Serving the Underserved (SUS) trainers. A decade has passed since the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) launched its signature...