American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, April

ALSC Helps Create a Better Future
The Association for Library Service to Children leads the way in forging excellent library service for all children. ALSC launched "KIDS! @ your library" during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. The campaign's main goal is to encourage all...
A Melodious Meeting in Memphis: Music Library Association Annual Meeting
The Music Library Association marked its 75th anniversary February 22-25 with a festive meeting held, appropriately, in a city that served as an incubator for many of the nation's most beloved genres of popular music--Memphis, Tennessee. [ILLUSTRATION...
British Library Users Try to Halt Closures
Citizens riled by the threatened closure of some 50 public libraries by local governments in the United Kingdom (AL, Mar., p. 14-15) continued to show their displeasure as plans progressed. Some 50 adults and children staged a protest March 2 in...
California Halves Funds for Librarians' Internet Index
The California State Library is planning a 50% reduction in funding for the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) website, beginning July 1. According to Tom Andersen, chief of the Library Development Services Bureau at the State Library, "We simply don't...
Construction Funding 101: The Secret to a Capital Campaign Is in How You Ask for the Money
Raising private and public funds to finance new facilities has become an integral part of a library director's job. But many may not be prepared for what it takes to mount a sustained campaign over several years to raise millions of dollars. We certainly...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Ginny Andis has joined Hancock County (Ind.) Public Library as part-time reference librarian. * Anne C. Behler recently became reference librarian at Pennsylvania State University's Maps Library and Gateway Libraries in University Park. * Bob Black...
Dispelling Fear of "The Other"
I am writing this column in the week in which we learned of the death of Coretta Scott King, the woman who was, in the words of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), "the glue that held the civil rights movement together." Mrs. King was not only the wife of the...
EPA Library Funds Cut 80% under Bush Budget
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's network of libraries stands to lose $2 million of its $2.5 million in funding under President Bush's proposed 2007 budget (AL, Mar., p. 11), which threatens to close the headquarters library and many regional...
Extreme Library Makeover: One Year Later; A Splash of Paint, a Cooperative Staff, and a Few Dollars Make a World of Difference for a New Jersey Library
Take a typical library and in nine months apply a variety of low-cost, high-commitment retail merchandising solutions. What do you get? An extreme library makeover--part interior redesign mixed with a heightened emphasis on customer service--that resulted...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM English Heritage donated [pounds sterling]65,000 ($114,140 U.S.) in January for much-needed repairs to the roof and gutters of Durham Cathedral's rectory, where leaks were threatening a collection of rare printed books dating from...
Google Must Provide Sites, but Not Search Terms
At a March 14 hearing on the Department of Justice subpoena of randomly selected web records held in search-engine firm Google's databases (AL, Mar., p. 12), attorneys for the government disclosed that they would only ask for 50,000 websites and 5,000...
Grassroots Report: Tomas and the Children's Champion
This is the story of a librarian with a big dream. He lives near the deserts of southern Arizona, where saguaro cacti grow to grand heights of nearly 50 feet and weights approaching 6 tons. His name is Tim Wadham, and he is the youth services coordinator...
Internet Librarian: Options for Adoption
Online catalogs. Not what I expected to be chatting about in a hip and trendy funeral-parlor-turned-lounge-bar here in Seattle a few weeks ago at the opening reception of the latest version of Microsoft's Search Champs program. (Readers with long memories...
Libraries = Cultural Icons: 2006 Showcase of New and Renovated Facilities
From tiny neighborhood branch to massive urban facility, all libraries aim to preserve their community's culture in some way--not only through their collections, but in the buildings themselves, which stand as icons symbolizing the "Culture Keepers"...
Montana State Library Pulls ACLU Film Screening
The Montana State Library in Helena announced February 21 that it was canceling an upcoming screening of a film critical of the USA Patriot Act because of complaints that the program would only feature the opinions of the film's producer, the American...
NARA Responds to Document Reclassification
U.S. Archivist Allen Weinstein called on all intelligence and security agencies March 2 to stop removing documents from the open shelves of the National Archives and Records Administration for reclassification purposes and to return as many records...
New Study Reveals Growth in Library Usage
A new ALA-commissioned study finds that Americans overwhelmingly are satisfied with their public libraries, agree more public library funding is needed, and believe public libraries will be needed in the future. Two-thirds of adult Americans (roughly...
Obituaries
Rosemarie Ahern, 75, librarian for 16 years at Curie Metro High School in Chicago, died January 9 of Alzheimer's disease. * Deana Astle, 60, associate director for collections and technical services at East Carolina University in Greenville, North...
Oklahoma Bill Ties Funds to Gay-Free Kids' Collections
On March 15 the Oklahoma House passed by a 60-33 vote a bill that prohibits local funding authorities and library boards from funding their public libraries unless the libraries "place all children and young adult materials that contain homosexual...
On My Mind: A Fight to Our Death
I recently attended a librarian gathering where the topic was "Is the Reference Librarian Still Relevant in the Digital Age?" The panel consisted of four Arizona public library directors who each talked about how technology has affected such areas...
Pennsylvania Libraries Would Get 23% Boost
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has called for a record increase of 23% in state support to public libraries. In his $25.4-billion 2006-2007 budget, announced February 8, Rendell recognized libraries as "critical assets that supplement the learning in...
Preserving the Past by Looking into the Future: With a Little Help, Carnegie Libraries Can Successfully Meld Old and New
When noted industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie decided to give away his hard-earned millions at the turn of the 20th century, libraries that were open to the general public were few and far between. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Determined...
President Bush Signs Patriot Act Renewal
With just two more votes than needed to meet a required two-thirds majority, the U.S. House reauthorized the USA Patriot Act March 7, approving by a vote of 280-138 amendments passed a week earlier by the Senate to a bill revising the original act,...
Pump Up Your Patrons: By Emulating the Best Features of Health Clubs, Libraries Can Ensure Their Future as a Physical Place for Exercising the Mind
Experts who speculate on the future of our profession often focus on the library as place. Their conjectures range from doomsday predictions of empty buildings to optimistic scenarios of a reconfigured space with a new range of services. We want to...
Security Officers Overstep in Maryland Library Incident
Two county security officers, who wore hats identifying them as Homeland Security guards, have been reassigned after they intervened in a patron's internet session at the Little Falls branch of the Montgomery County Public Library in Bethesda, Maryland....
Straight Answers from David C. Martin
A design principal at A. C. Martin Partners, architect David C. Martin is part of the team behind a $91-million renovation and expansion underway at California State University at Fresno's Henry Madden Library, where ALA President Michael Gorman is...
Technically Speaking: The Analogness of Mayberry Memories
Isat down to write this with a heavy heart, as one of my heroes had just died--Don Knotts, better known as Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, or to the less culturally literate, Mr. Furley from Three's Company. Losing Barney was like...
The Lofty Goals of Architecture
Carnegie library. Maybe I'm a sentimental old fool, but just the sound of those two words brings back memories of my childhood in Armada, Michigan. The Carnegie experience was for me a classic mid-20th-century rite of passage. Ascending those steps...
Three Wishes Denied in Ontario
School boards in Ontario were reviewing as of mid-March the age appropriateness for 4th-6th graders of Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis, a book that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through interviews with children from both sides. The book was...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"In his speech yesterday, President Bush claimed that antiterrorism efforts prevented an attack on the Library Tower here in Los Angeles.... Actually, terrorists abandoned their plans when they realized that being a library in L.A., it'd probably be...
When Aesthetics Meet Access: Everything Old Is New Again as New England's Carnegie Libraries Face Their Centennials
When Rosemary Waltos became Auburn (Maine) Public Library director in 2001, she was excited about APL's proposed building project. She had just led the Millbury (Mass.) Public Library through an expansion that more than doubled its original space....
Will's World: A Skill Set to Beat All Skill Sets
Several years ago, for reasons that come under the subject heading "reality is stranger than fiction," I decided to apply for the position of city manager in the community where I had been a librarian for two decades. There were four other finalists....
Working Knowledge: A Tale of Two Librarians
Q I have been in my current position for five years. I do a good job, and I accept extra work. I keep waiting for my manager to recognize this and promote me, but it seems my work is not valued. How much longer should I stay before looking for a better...