American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, May

2001 U.S. Serial Services Price Index
This is the 38th annual survey of U.S. Serial Services, a product of the ALA/Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Library Materials Price Index Committee, working in conjunction with Faxon/RoweCom. The selection of titles surveyed...
Access, Access, Access! the New OPAC Mantra
TRANSFORMING CATALOGS INTO KNOWLEDGE ACCESS SYSTEMS I am a public librarian whose children haven't really used a library for research purposes since 1998. That year the home PC entered their lives, complete with Internet access. They remain voracious...
ALA, ACLU Challenge CIPA with Dual Federal Lawsuits
In Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, set in a future when the written word is forbidden, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to burn any books that are discovered, along with the houses in which they are hidden. He never questions the destruction...
Belly Up to the Information Bar
HAPPY HOUR MEETS THE REFERENCE INTERVIEW Much ink is spilled over the future of libraries and librarianship, and in my own little corner of the information science world--that of special collections and archives--the pundits seem especially wary...
Bush Budget Cuts LSTA, Eliminates NCLIS
President Bush's budget proposal for fiscal year 2002, released April 9, would reduce Library Services and Technology Act funding under the Institute of Museum and Library Services from last year's high of $207 million to $168 million. Most of the...
Digitizing Rare Materials: Special Collections Go Global
THE NEW TECHNOLOGY LETS LIBRARIES PROMOTE AND EVEN SHARE THEIR HOLDINGS ONLINE After years of limiting the accessibility of their rare books, manuscripts, and documents to on-site visitors, some of the country's leading research libraries are taking...
Drive Fast ... and Don't Forget to Feed Fido
EVER THINK ABOUT ENCOURAGING your neighbors to speed as they drive to and from work? How about buying a Great Dane, or better yet, a breeding pair? These not necessarily advisable actions could increase funding for your local library--at least if you...
Enoch Pratt Plan Calls for Branch Closings
Facing a tightening budget for 2002, Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library announced plans April 10 to close as many as 10 of its 26 branches over the next few years, five of them by the end of this summer. The targeted branches are scattered throughout...
Global Reach
FRANCE The library and resource center of thc Museum of the French Revolution in Vizille opened to the public in February, offering a rich collection of 20,000 titles, many acquired by historian Albert Soboul. Though thc museum has been open since...
Groundhog Job Shadow Day Shatters Stereotypes
Ask a room full of academically talented, racially diverse high school students what they want to be someday and what do they say? Cardiologist. Psychologist. Pediatrician. Corporate attorney. Music producer. Journalist. Computer engineer. . . ....
Internet Librarian
The First Annual Pied Piper Awards With all the wonderful Internet services libraries are offering these days, I tend to agree with Alice in Wonderland, who concluded at the end of a race, "Everyone has won, and all must have prizes." Nevertheless,...
Libraries, Democracy, and Online Access
Nancy Kranich When Republican Jeffrey Pollock ran for Congress last fall, he supported federally mandated Internet blocking software in schools and libraries. After discovering that his campaign Web site was blocked because it contained words such...
Obituaries
Distinguished Leaders A. P. Marshall, Lawrence Clark Powell * Albert Prince (A. P.) Marshall, noted librarian and educator, died at home March 9 of prostate cancer. He was 86. Marshall received a bachelor's degree in history and English from...
Officials Silence Risque Read-Aloud
A life-insurance salesman was ejected from a March 6 Mecklenburg County commissioners' meeting after threatening to read aloud a passage about two women having sex from Women on Top, which he found at a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and...
On MY Mind
Branded! Hucksterism @ Your Library The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) on March 21 announced the creation of the Verizon Literacy Network (see p. 10), "an online network that will provide continuous and instant access to a...
Outstanding Reference Sources 2001
THE ANNUAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF DISTINGUISHED REFERENCE WORKS SELECTED BY REFERENCE LIBRARIANS Even with the excited anticipation of President George W. Bush's inauguration, the Reference Users Services Association (RUSA)'s 2001 Reference Sources...
People
Currents Joe J. Accardi is dean of resources for learning at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. He was associate university librarian and acting director of academic computing at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. ...
Proposed PUSH Library Fell by the Wayside
The cataloging of some audiotapes by a part-time librarian in 1997 is apparently all that has been done for a proposed Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Civil Rights Library, funded by three Illinois state grants and originally slated to open in 1993. The library,...
Strikes Shut Hawaii Schools and Colleges
Separate strikes by nearly 13,000 Hawaii public-school teachers and librarians and 3,100 university faculty members closed campuses across the state April 5 in what was thought to be the nation's first-ever statewide shutdown of all levels of public...
The Association's Associations: ALTA: Home for Trustees and Advocates
If the many goals of our profession are to be realized they must be translated into policy and supported by members of the community. That is the key role library trustees and advocates play in the library world. Within ALA, trustees and advocates...
The President Doesn't Get It
Despite all the speculation about their usefulness in the face of the Internet, libraries are more popular than ever. Despite all the fear and outrage over what open access means for children, libraries remain hospitable and effective learning environments...
The Public Library and the Internet: Is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?
ONLINE COMPETITION MAY DICTATE A RADICALLY DIFFERENT ROLE FOR LIBRARIES Funders ask it. Elected officials ask it. In their private moments even library leaders and advocates ask it: In this age of the Internet, will we still need public libraries?...
This Month, 109 Years Ago
IN MAY 1892, ALA found itself on the horns of a dilemma. As the Association prepared for its conference in Lakewood, New Jersey, executive committee members received word that ALA President Klas August Linderfelt had been arrested on April 28 for embezzling...
Thus Said
"I used to think that hanging out in the stacks with hundreds of books had to be the coolest job in the world, amid the best people in the world. No grumpy people, no complaints, no rude remarks; just quiet, happy bookworms who smiled at all passers-by....
Union, Library Director Vie for Staff in Akron
Akron--Summit County (Ohio) Public Library workers faced increasing pressure from anti- and pro-union factions in late March as they considered the prospect of organizing under the AFL-CIO. After the Akron Beacon-Journal reported March 22 that Library...
Union Opposition Shelves SFPL Overdue Plan
The San Francisco board of supervisors voted 6-5 March 19 to reject a plan to hire a collection agency to retrieve library materials that were 60 days or more overdue. The proposal by the San Francisco Public Library administration, which had the backing...
U. S. Periodical Prices-2001
STABILIZATION TREND CONTINUES Publication of the 2001 U.S. Periodical Price Index represents the 41st annual study of this type sponsored by the Library Materials Price Index Committee (LMPIC) of ALA's Association for Library Collections and Technical...
Where Have All the CD-ROMs Gone?
ARE CD-ROMS JUST A STURDY CARRIER THAT CAN'T MEET USERS' GREAT EXPECTATIONS? Whatever happened to "title CD-ROMs"--CD-ROMs that offered new ways to tell stories? These once-costly discs offered creative possibilities beyond books, and eventually...
White Supremacist Sues Library after Speech Canceled
World Church of the Creator leader Matthew Hale filed a federal lawsuit March 29 against the Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library, alleging it violated his civil rights by rejecting a request to let him speak there April 14. The library board,...
Wooden-Headedness
The distinguished American historian Barbara Tuchman wrote a wonderful book titled The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (Knopf, 1984). In it she gives many examples where governments and nations have consciously acted against their own best interests....