American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 8, September

Accused Rare Map Thief Pleads Innocent
A well-known collector and dealer in antique maps pleaded not guilty August 9 in New Haven (Conn.) Superior Court to three counts of first-degree larceny, the New Haven Register reported August 10. E. Forbes Smiley III, a resident of Martha's Vineyard...
Aid to Struggling Libraries in the South Caucasus
Imagine if the University of Michigan libraries had no budget to buy resources for 15 years--no new books, no journal subscriptions, no databases. How would faculty, students, and researchers keep up in the new global economy if the latest resources...
A New Look at Lifelong Access: Innovative Projects Tap the Interests and Skills of a Growing Population of Active, Older Adults
Tempe (Ariz.) Public Library plans a Connections Cafe, where baby boomers can meet neighbors, attend lectures, assess plans for retirement, and take part in other projects devised by a citizen advisory board, involving more than two dozen community...
Buffalo Plans to Close 20 of Its 52 Branches
In the face of an ongoing budget crisis, the Buffalo and Erie County (N.Y.) Public Library expects to close some 20 of its 52 branches next year, and to cut the budgets of those that remain open. At a July 26 meeting, the planning committee of the...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Laura Akerman has been appointed technology and metadata librarian and Malisa Anderson has been named business librarian at Emory University in Atlanta. * Mario Ascencio is now visual arts librarian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia....
Denver Reconsiders Fotonovela Collection
In reaction to complaints from the anti-immigration group Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR), the Denver Public Library in August reviewed the content of its collection of fotonovelas--Spanish-language fiction serials that tell stories...
Digital Library Services for All: Innovative Technology Opens Doors to Print-Impaired Patrons
Brick-and-mortar libraries can be intimidating places for print-impaired people, including those who are blind or visually impaired, or who have reading disabilities. Throughout most of the 20th century this population depended heavily on the talking...
From Cradle to Grave: A Lifetime in Libraries
It's a battle we've been fighting for 50 years," said library advocate extraordinaire Virginia Mathews at the "Reading Powers the Mind" workshop she organized last month for the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress (see p. 10). The battle...
Global Reach
IRELAND Bowing to pressure from the European Commission, the government agreed August 2 to pay authors royalties for books borrowed from public libraries, a common practice on the continent. The EC had threatened legal action as long ago as 2003...
Grassroots Report; A Manager's Motto: Be Prepared
Sharon Grover knows youth literature. For 12 years she has been the youth services collection specialist for Arlington County (Va.) Public Library. During that time, she has served on national awards committees for ALA's Newbery and Caldecott Medals....
Henderson District PL Reads for 100-Hour World Record
Six intrepid librarians from the Henderson District (Nev.) Public Libraries read aloud for 100 hours June 13 to 17 at the Paseo Verde branch in an attempt to break the standing world record of 81 hours. Led by Gibson Library Branch Manager Mae Giaimo...
Hillsborough County Keeps Gay Pride Ban
With minimal discussion, county commissioners voted July 20 to "receive and file" a request from the Tampa-Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Library Friends group to rescind its policy prohibiting the promotion of gay pride events (AL, Aug., p. 14-15)....
Internet Librarian: What Does Google Know That We Don't?
I'm not sure I've ever asked a question at a panel session that led to a 30-minute answer. This is my ALA conference story for the year. Those of you who didn't make the trek to Chicago missed out on the spectacle of 20,000 glistening librarians...
Learning from Experience: 2005 ALA Award Winners
Awards are one measure of success, and this annual roundup of American Library Association winners reveals how success is achieved. The individuals and institutions represented are ALA's "Academy Award-winning stars" recognized by their peers for above-and-beyond...
Library of Congress 12-State Workshop: Partnerships Help Reading Power the Mind
Partnerships fuel the family literacy projects represented at an August 3-5 "Reading Powers the Mind" workshop sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Some 75 librarians and their community partners traveled to Washington,...
Library Retirements: What We Can Expect
In 2004, the American Library Association commissioned a study on librarian retirements and the issues of library workforce recruitment using the 2000 census data ("Retirement and Recruitment: A Deeper Look," AL, Jan., p. 28). The researchers--Mary...
LITA Thrives in Hi-Tech World
LITA educates, serves, and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs, and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation...
Niagara Falls PL Gets New Funding
The Niagara Falls (N.Y.) City Council approved a proposal July 25 by Mayor Vince Anello to use some $500,000 in surplus funds from the 2004 budget to keep the city's two libraries open. However, the library board has threatened to close one of those...
Online Book-Clubbing Made Easy: Technology Allows Libraries to Capitalize on the Citywide Book Craze Sweeping the Nation
Since 1999, the Tippecanoe County (Ind.) Public Library has operated a successful online book club called Book Clique (www.tcpl.lib.in.us/ref/bookgroup.html), where one book is selected each month and participants exchange comments through an online...
On My Mind: Support the Cultural Communities Fund
When then--ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano appointed me to the newly established ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee, I quickly learned about the many nationwide programs and exhibits available to libraries through the ALA Public Programs...
Straight Answers From: Margaret Spellings
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has expressed understandable pride in the improved student test scores reported for the past academic year, taking the rise as proof that the 2001 No Child Left Behind initiative is bearing educational fruit....
Technically Speaking: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
One of the things I love about librarianship is our tendency to hedge our bets. That's the nicer way of saying that we look after the lowest common denominator or try to be all things to all people. Our professional ethos makes this mandate clear:...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"My biggest complaint is that some libraries' websites don't detail the amazing range they offer online until you cough up a card number. Memo to those insular institutions: Put the info in the shop windows out front and I bet you'll see a lot more...
Welcome to the ALA 2006 Midwinter Meeting
REGISTRATION INFORMATION [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WEEKLY FEES Early Bird Advance Onsite ALA personal members* $100 $135 $150 ALA library student members* $38 $50 $68 Nonmembers...
Why Library Education Matters-Part Two
Last month I discussed the need for the American Library Association to assert itself by using its accreditation standards and forthcoming core competencies statement to ensure that ALA-accredited library and information science programs provide an...
Why School Libraries Won't Be Left Behind; Librarians Are Teaching Budget Makers a Lesson: Students Can't Make the Grade without Strong School Libraries
School's back in session across the nation, but regrettably, there wasn't a school librarian at every media center doorway to welcome students back from their summer vacations. In fact, some locales didn't even have a functioning media center in the...
Will's World: Love Reigns at the Reference Desk
It's an emergency. I need a love poem," was the reference desk inquiry from a 20-something man early in my career, not too long after I had taken Reference 101 in graduate library school. My professor, Dr. Nichols, always told us, "Never judge a patron's...
Working Knowledge: Banishing Boredom on the Job
Q I received my MLS in 1990 and hoped to work in an academic environment, either in special collections or as a cataloger in technical services, but because I didn't have advanced foreign-language skills or a second master's, I ultimately chose not...