American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 5, May

2005 Program Tracks
The 2001 ALA Annual Conference introduced the system of thematic tracks, designed to make navigating the world's largest library conference easier. The ten tracks bring together programs from across ALA's division, roundtables and committees, so you...
ALTA Can Play Vital Role in Libraries
Library trustees and advocates can play an important role in achieving the many goals of our profession. Within ALA, they find a home in the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), which stands alone as the only national association...
An Acquisitions Outing to the Kolkata Book Fair
The annual book fair in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, is, according to Bengali author Krishna Dutta, an occasion where "people meet, eat, buy a bag of books at a discounted price, and return home with a warm and cultured glow." We attended this...
A Taste of Things to Come in Chicago This Summer!!
chicago annual conference 05 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION JUNE 23-29, 2005 * CHICAGO, ILLINOIS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALA is thrilled to welcome U.S. Senator BARACK OBAMA as Keynote Speaker for the Opening General Session! Saturday,...
Auditorium Speaker Series
A Morning with Erik Larson [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Saturday, June 25, 8:30-9:30 am Erik Larson is the author of the #1 national bestseller The Devil in the White City, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Bringing Chicago circa 1893...
Bobby Socks and Building Projects: North Carolina Librarians Share Tips on How to Permanently Capture Your Institution's History
Public librarians like myself have always prided ourselves on our ability to find accurate information in a timely and efficient manner. Whether searching for the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony or the name of Elizabeth Taylor's pet pooch, there's a...
Booklist Turns 100: Looking Back-And Ahead-As ALA's Book-Review Journal Marks Its Centennial
In 1905, a physicist with unruly hair was busy unlocking the secrets of the universe in a sweet little formula he liked to call E=M[C.sup.2]. At approximately the same moment in history, a band of librarians with--we presume--more tightly coiffed locks...
Camp ALA
Camp ALA Registration Form June 23-29, 2005--Annual Conference and Exhibition, Chicago, IL Camp ALA is open to children aged 6 months--17 years from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Friday, June 24-Tuesday, June 28. The total cost for the program is $80 per...
Chapters Serve as Career Boosters
The purpose of a chapter is to promote general library service and librarianship within its geographic area and to cooperate in the promotion of general and joint enterprises within ALA and other library groups.--ALA Bylaws, Article V In my many...
Chicago City Cultural Tours
Friday, June 24-Monday, June 27 Deadline to Register: Friday, June 3, 2005 Registration information: To register for one of the tours below, you can register online--go to www.ala.org/annual and click on "Special Events" for a link to the...
Confernce within a Conference: Empowering Library Support Staff for the 21st Century
ALA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE WITHIN A CONFERENCE, A SEPARATE, SPECIALLY-PRICED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR LIBRARY SUPPORT STAFF! CHICAGO, IL DURING THE 2005 ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SATURDAY, JUNE 25-SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2005 ...
Congress Debates Sunset Provisions of Patriot Act
The U.S. Senate and House held oversight hearings April 5 and 6 on the USA Patriot Act, the first in a series of planned congressional debates to consider whether to renew the 16 portions of the law set to expire at the end of the year. Testifying...
Consumer Health Collecting Made Easy: A Librarian Prescribes a Remedy for Understocked Medical-Advice Shelves
Several times each month I hear from librarians new to collecting health information who are looking for advice on developing a consumer health collection. These librarians are rarely looking for a detailed policy, nor are they looking for a bibliography...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Bette Ammon left the Missoula (Mont.) Public Library to become director of the Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Public Library April 8. * Lori Barkema became director of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library in February. * Erope Beckum has been promoted to assistant...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
CHAPTER CONFERENCES May 13: Delaware Library Association Annual Conference, Dover Sheraton Hotel. "Great Libraries: It Takes More Than Luck." Contact: Hilary Welliver, 302-674-2884; hwell@lib.de.us; www.dla.lib.de.us/conference.shtml. CONFERENCES...
Delegation Inspires Fundraising Drive to Reopen Bedford Library
Inspired by a visit from a delegation of national and state library leaders, residents of Bedford, Texas, will attempt to raise $400,000 to reopen the town's library, which closed its doors March 30 after the city council slashed $2.6 million from...
Division Presidents' Programs
AASL Standards for Success Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm Dr. David Conley, Director, Standards for Success, will present the results of a two-year project to determine a set of standards that students need to meet in order to be successful...
Exhibition Events: Welcome to the Stacks!
The Stacks--the 2005 ALA Annual Conference Exhibition Visit over 1600 booths with products and services designed to help you manage the library of the Millennium. The Stacks is the world's largest library exhibition! The Stacks will be located...
FDR Library Nixes Social Security Forum
The national debate over the future of Social Security took on a new twist when the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, called a halt to a forum that would have criticized the federal program's privatization. Library Director Cynthia...
GAO Reports Slam FCC Oversight of E-Rate
A March 16 report by the Government Accountability Office found fundamental flaws in both the e-rate program, which funds discounted telecommunications services to libraries and schools, and in the program's oversight by the Federal Communications...
General Information
ALA Awards Ceremony All ALA recognition awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 28 at 5:45 pm, immediately preceding the Inaugural Banquet. The awards being presented include: * Beta Phi Mu Award * Bill Boyd...
Grassroots Report: What to Do with Your Old Carnegie
In 1904, Charles City, Iowa, opened its Carnegie library, a facility with white columns flanking the front doors and stained glass windows. According to John M. Witt, author of The Carnegie Libraries of Iowa (Robidoux, 2003), this was the culmination...
Harvard Library Worker Loses Bias Suit
A Harvard library assistant has lost a federal lawsuit in which she claimed that university officials had declined to hire her for professional librarian posts 16 times since 1999 because she is an attractive African American. After four hours of deliberation...
How a Book Gets Published
Some facts about book publishing in the United States, according to the Association of American Publishers: Net sales for the industry are estimated to have increased by 1.3% from 2003 to 2004 to a grand total of $23.72 billion. The top five conglomerate...
Internet Librarian: The Librarianship of Connections
I have my little morning ritual--don't we all? Mine involves getting coffee (this is Seattle, after all), stumbling my way to my office to see what horrors await me in my e-mail, deleting what I can, dealing with the rest or at least the ones I can...
Judge Blocks Philadelphia from Further Cuts
A Philadelphia judge issued an injunction April 7 that blocks the city from reducing hours at an additional 10 Free Library branches or laying off any more library employees until July 1. However, Common Pleas Court Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello did...
Lust for Reading: The Consummate Bookworm, Nancy Pearl Talks about Her Life as a Promiscuous Reader Whose Plucky Guidance Has Made Readers' Advisory More Fun Than a Barrel of Action Figures
It did not begin with the Librarian Action Figure and its "amazing shushing action" (AL, Oct. 2003, p. 31). Librarian's librarian Nancy Pearl has spent a lifetime developing her readers' advisory skills. As author of Book Lust and its sequel out this...
Nixon Library Director Promises to Release Tapes, Papers
Responding to critics who fear that the transfer of former President Nixon's materials from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington to his library in Yorba Linda, California (AL, Mar., p. 17-18), will jeopardize public access,...
Obituaries
Florence E. Biller, 90, founding director of the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Library System, died February 15. During her career, she was director of libraries in Whitman County, Washington; Athens, Tennessee; and Susanville, California, and served on...
Ohio House Approves Taft's Library Budget Cuts
The Ohio House of Representatives has approved Governor Bob Taft's proposed $51.3-billion state budget for 2006-2007 that reduces local government funding to libraries by 5% beginning January 1. The April 12 vote was 53-46, largely following party...
"One Book" Programs Span the Nation
The One City One Book programs initiated in 1998 by librarian Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library (see p. 32-36) have gained enormous popularity from one end of the country to the other, as well as in other...
On My Mind; Inaccessible Information: A Strategic Solution
Recently I received a frantic phone call from a colleague who heads up a small special library in Washington, D.C. "How can I get access to JSTOR, First Search, and all those wonderful databases?" she asked. I was mystified by her question, and then...
Other Programs and Events
Programs in this section do not fall into the tracked programs on the previous pages. All programs are included with your conference registration unless indicated that registration or a ticket is required. $ -- Program requires a ticket or registration....
Preconferences
AASL Resource Alignment Begins with Collection Development: A Hands-On Approach Friday, June 24, 2005, 1:00-4:00 pm Does the thought of assessing your entire media collection seem overwhelming? Don't even know where to start? This session...
Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers: The Ethnic Makeup of Our Profession May Say More about Society Than about Librarianship
The need to recruit and retain a diverse workforce has come to be seen as one of the most crucial issues facing the library profession, inspiring much discussion and serving as the raison d'etre of the American Library Association's Office for Diversity....
Reference That Rocks!! the 2005 List of Outstanding Books from ALA's Reference and User Services Association Features 22 Terrific Titles
"Yes, it's good. But, does it rock?" Nine librarians asked themselves that question many times before casting their final votes at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Boston for the outstanding reference sources of the past year. Since 1958, the Reference...
Registration Information
Advance Registration To register in advance, print or type and complete all sections of the form that follows. You may register for all listed events and pay with one check. Use one form per person for full registration or exhibit badges only. Registration...
Salinas Libraries Open with Fewer Employees, Hours
After hearing testimony from Salinas (Calif.) Public Library employees and union officials who said the current staff is stretched too thinly, the city council voted 5-1 April 5 to authorize the city manager to reduce the hours of each of the three...
Special Events
AASL Independent School Section (ISS) School Tour Friday, June 24, 2005, 8:00 am-12:00 pm Enjoy a day with your colleagues as we visit four distinctive libraries in Chicago! The University of Chicago Laboratory School was founded by philosopher...
Straight Answers from Stanley Kunitz
If you have received nearly every honor that can be bestowed on a man of letters in this country, including being named poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (a post now called U.S. poet laureate), how do you celebrate your 100th birthday? If...
Technically Speaking: It's Probably Right in Front of You
I remember a comedian who used to say that after looking all over for something and finally finding it, he would look in one more place just so he could say that the thing he sought was not always in the last place he looked. With all the buzz about...
The People of the Book: Riding the Third Wave; Two New Library-Based Programs Examine the Immigrant Experience That Permeates Jewish-American Literature
I entered the world of book reviewing, criticism, and literary journalism during the height of the multicultural movement, when academics, critics, and librarians were belatedly recognizing the significance of works by writers from groups left out...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"I think the first thing we ought to do is can those 'media centers' in the schools, replace them with libraries, and leave the media specialists to the cable talk shows." Columnist STEVE OTTO from "Does Anybody Still Employ the 'L' Word?" Tampa (Fla.)...
Travel Info
AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS General Information ITS Group is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. To reach the ALA travel...
U.K. Needs Drastic Action to Reverse Library Decline
Parliament's Culture, Media, and Sport Committee released a report March 10 calling for "urgent action" to reverse the decline of public libraries in the United Kingdom. Spending on books is down, as is the number of loans and visitors, the report...
Whale Talk Beached for Bad Words
The Limestone County (Ala.) School District rejected the recommendation of the district superintendent March 7 and ordered the removal of the young adult novel Whale Talk from all five high-school libraries in the school system, citing the book's use...
Will's World: Cleansing Our Language
One of the least desirable things that has happened in American culture is the coarsening of our language in both public and formal settings. My guess is that people, even presidents, always swore in private. Richard Nixon is a good example. In public,...
Working Knowledge: Fine-Tuning Your Field of Focus
Q I am a corporate refugee who left the business world in 2002 as a result of downsizing, and I was fortunate to have met a librarian who convinced me to obtain my MLS. Six months ago, I was hired as an entry-level librarian in my local public library...