American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, March

2003 Program Tracks. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada The 2001 ALA Annual Conference introduced the system of thematic tracks, designed to make navigating the world's largest library conference easier. The eight tracks bring together programs from across ALA'S...
ALA Acronyms. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conferance Toronto, Canada AA-Affiliate Assembly (AASL) AACR-Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules AAM-Asian & African Materials (ALCTS) AAMES-Aaian, African & Middle Eastern Section (ACRL) AAP-Assn. of American Publishers...
ALA Council: Patriot Act, Budget Crisis Addressed; Palestinian Resolution Upheld. (Biannual Report)
Tackling some of the most potentially divisive political issues that have come before the ALA Council in years, members moved swiftly through three Midwinter Meeting sessions, January 27-29 in Philadelphia. By the end of the meeting, they had passed...
ALA Executive Board: Prudent Policies May Forestall Fiscal Fiasco. (Quarterly Report)
I don't think anybody was prepared for the litany of horrors that came out at that rally; I know I wasn't," ALA President Maurice Freedman told the Executive Board at the second of its three Midwinter Meeting sessions in Philadelphia, January 24, 27,...
ALA Files Supreme Court Brief in CIPA Case. (News Fronts Washington)
ALA filed its response February 10 to the Justice Department's brief defending the Children's Internet Protection Act. The Justice Department appealed the case after a three-judge panel in Philadelphia overturned the law because it forces public libraries...
ALA Is Heading North!
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada The American Library Association and the Canadian Library Association are excited to be bringing you the 2003 ALA/CLA Annual Conference, being held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! For the first time in 35 years,...
ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash: Featuring Three Mo' Tenors! (Conference)
ALA/CIA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. Few musical acts can move from opera to Big Band with effortless grace, but imagine, the same three voices crossing seven musical forms and spanning four centuries of music in one evening. Well, imagine...
ALCTS Serves All Libraries. (the Association's Associations)
Being an association for something implies a commitment--in this case, a commitment to an idea, a concept, or a thing. As our name states, ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. The word "for" is defined as to favor,...
American Library Assoc./Canadian Library Assoc. Tour Information. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada Toronto is a fabulous city blessed with a perfect balance of historic charm and cosmopolitan energy. It is a city that is popular as a convention destination. To enhance your enjoyment of Toronto, ALA/CLA...
Arizona Library School Fights for Survival. (News Fronts)
Supporters of the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science worked to save the program after university President Peter Likins proposed eliminating it and 15 other university programs January 14. Likins said the...
A Tale of Two Levies: The Divergent Outcomes of Two Montana Ballot Measures Offer Lessons for Libraries. (Funding)
When hard times hit, library advocates remind politicians and voters that "Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." Last fall in Montana, which has one of the lowest per-capita...
Auditorium Speaker Series. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. A Morning with Gloria Steinem and Eleanor Smeal Saturday, June 21, 9:00 - 10:00 am Metro Toronto Convention Centre Auditorium In December 2001, feminist authors and activists Gloria Steinem (co-founder...
Bylaws, Budget Garner Enthusiastic Council Approval. (Allied Professional Association)
The ALA Council convened January 28 in its companion role as Council for the new ALA Allied Professional Association. Councilors approved the bylaws and budget of the new legal entity, which it established last year to enable certification of individuals...
California Gov. Halves Statewide Library Funding. (News Fronts)
Few state budgets have been as harshly affected by the worsening national economy as California's. In order to close an estimated $34.6-billion budget shortfall, Gov. Gray Davis has proposed cutting statewide support of local libraries from the current...
Campaign to Save Libraries Sets Stage for Philadelphia Meeting: Budget Cuts, Allied Professional Association Launch, Youth Book and Media Awards Highlight Heavy Agenda. (Midwinter Meeting)
More than 500 people from across the country heard about the new wave of library budget woes in a rally that kicked off ALA President Maurice Freedman's Campaign to Save America's Libraries. The event, complete with buttons and banners, set the tone...
Conference Highlights. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. WELCOME ALA President Maurice J. Freedman, CLA President Wendy Newman and the Toronto Local Arrangements Committee welcome you to the City of Toronto and to Canada! They are excited to present you with...
Datebook
ALA EVENTS Mar. 14: National Freedom of Information Day Conference, Freedom Forum, Arlington, Virginia. Contact: Patrice McDermott, 800-941-8478; pmcdermott@alawash.org; www.ala.org/washoff/. Apr. 5: ALSC May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, Massachusetts...
Division Presidents' Program. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. AASL/CSLA Joint Presidents Program AASL/CSLA Joint President's Program and Joint Member Reception Saturday 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm See Final Program Book for Description ACRL/CACUL Joint President's...
Educators Want to Connect Research with Practice. (Special News Report)
If you asked any of the 358 Association of Library and Information Science Education conference registrants what is at the top of the ALISE agenda, you would likely be told: connecting library and information science education with the practice of...
Exhibition Events. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. 2003 ALA/CIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE EXHIBITION Visit over 1600 booths with products and services designed to help you manage the library of the Millennium. With the ALA and CLA joining forces, you have the...
Fantasy Becomes Reality for School-Library Media Programs: The 1963 Knapp School Libraries Project Director Discusses "The Opportunity of a Lifetime". (ALA History)
Forty years ago--March 1, 1963--marked the official beginning of the Knapp School Libraries Project. In a time when the concept of the library was evolving ino the center for media in schools, forward-looking leaders in ALA's Association of School...
Four-Month Countdown to Toronto. (Annual Conference 2003)
The joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference, June 19--25 in Toronto, may offer some unexpected bonuses for American attendees, thanks to the U.S./Canada exchange rate. In mid-February, one U.S. dollar equaled $l.51 Canadian. CLA Executive Director Don Butcher...
Free Money, Free Stuff! Patrons Looking for "Free Money" Books Really Want Financial Help-Here's How You Can Help Them. (Reference)
The scene was sadly familiar to me: A patron stood with a copy of a "free money" book clenched in his hand, frustrated and angry. "Did this help?" I asked with false brightness. The look said everything. "No, not much." For an hour, he looked...
General Information. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada Accessibility Pavilion Feed you curiosity about emerging technology and how to use it to serve more people in your community and serve them better. Find out about the latest in voice output and voice...
Global Reach. (News Fronts)
VATICAN CITY Millions of documents owned by the Vatican Archives opened to the public February 15, several years ahead of schedule, at the express wish of Pope John Paul II. The documents originated from Vatican offices in Munich, Berlin, and Rome...
Grassroots Report: One Country, One Conference, One Book. (Reading)
If you are still looking for reasons to come to Toronto in June for the joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference, here's a good one: Come see how--and what--Canada reads. One way to get a preview is through a project called just that: Canada Reads. Hosted by...
Harry Potter Again Most Challenged. (News Fronts ALA)
For the fourth consecutive year, the best-selling Harry Potter series of children's novels hyJ. K. Rowling tops the annual report issued by ALA's QIF of most-challenged books. The series, whose fifth novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,...
Hotel Rates and Features. (Conference)
HOTEL RATES AND FEATURES ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto Canada 1. Fairmont Royal York (ALA Co- Headquarter Hotel) 2. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (ALA Co-Headquarter Hotel) 3. Bond Place Hotel 4. Cambridge Suites Hotel ...
Internet Librarian: Why Is the Internet Public Library Broke? (Information Technology)
I can still picture the scene: About 30 of us crammed into one of the labs at the University of Michigan School of Information on a Friday afternoon in March 1995, about to throw the switch (actually, to send the e-mail with the URL) to open the Internet...
Jeb Bush Proposes Scrapping Florida State Library. (News Fronts)
Fifty-five employees of Florida's state library have been told their jobs will end July 1, if Gov. Jeb Bush's 2003-2004 budget proposal goes through. Submitted January 21, the budget would eliminate the Division of Library and Information Services...
Librarians Divided over Patriot Act Compliance. (News Fronts)
A new survey by the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that librarians are sharply divided over how to respond to law-enforcement requests for patron records. Released in mid-January, "Public Libraries and...
Librarian's Library: Resources for Continuing Education. (Professional Literature)
X Marks the Spot Discover the core and supporting features of XML (Extensible Markup Language) with editor Roy Tennant's help in XML in Libraries. Tennant and his team of experts explain how to use XML to encode, display, transport and process data....
Local Arrangements. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada A hearty welcome to all ALA delegates to Toronto! This cosmopolitan city on Lake Ontario, rich with culture and ethnic diversity, offers visitors every kind of activity and experience imaginable. Toronto...
Mass. Librarians Demand Comparable Worth. (News Fronts)
Citing the American Library Association's "Campaign for America's Librarians" (AL, Dec. 2002, P. 7), Duxbury (Mass.) Free Library workers picketed the library January 8, carrying signs with slogans such as "We just want to join the town team" and "Love...
Newlen Seeks ALA Presidency; Three Vie for Treasurer's Post. (ALA News)
Robert R. Newlen, head of the Legislative Relations Office, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, has filed as a petition candidate for ALA president. He announced his intention to run before the January 31 deadline. The other announced...
Obituaries
American Libraries was recently notified of the November 5, 2001, death of Marion E. Cook, 89, who retired in 1983 after 28 years as director of the Meriden (Conn.) Public Library. Margaret Sue Copenhaver, 90, retired Richmond, Virginia, school...
One Conference, One Book: Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada. Join us in the first conference-wide reading and discussion series featuring Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." All conference attendees are invited to read "The Handmaid's Tale" before attending...
On My Mind: A Renaissance in Washington. (Opinion)
Reading the May 30, 2002, R Washington Post I came upon a long article by Judith Havemann on the deprived, decaying, and disrespected state of the Washington, D.C., library system. The main Martin Luther King Jr. Library and its 26 branches, the article...
Other Programs. (Conference)
ALA/CLA Annual Conference Toronto, Canada AASL Joint AASL/CCLA President's Program and Joint Member Reception * Saturday, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Ellin Oliver Keene, co-author of the critically acclaimed Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension...
Performing Triage on Budgets in the Red: The Creator of the HAPLR Index Prescribes Some Fiscal First Aid to Get Libraries Back in the Black. (Cover Story)
As the boom of the '90s fades into the stagnation of today, we must recall economist John Kenneth Galbraith's insistence that we focus on the "public good." Public libraries, a part of the public good, did not keep pace with the recent boom and so...
Preconferences and Special Events. (Conference)
The following events require pre-registration. After each event description is a code, and a price list. For the events you wish to attend, please copy the code and your fee cost onto the registration form in the space provided. To find your fee...
President's Message: Educating about Internet Filtering. (ALA)
On March 5, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the government's appeal of the unanimous Court of Appeals decision of the ALA/American Civil Liberties Union challenge to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This is a critical time...
President, Treasurer Candidates Take on the Issues at Midwinter Forum: Questions about Declining Revenue Dominate Discussion. (ALA Election)
Candidates for the 2004-2005 ALA presidency and for the unexpired treasurer's term left open by the resignation of Liz Bishoff last fall (AL, Dec. p., 62) presented their views and took questions from the audience at a one-hour forum January 27 at...
Reader Forum: Letters and Comments
More on "Is More Better?" Steven J. Bell (Jan., p. 44-46) makes a very good point when he asks whether access to "everything" makes sense for most readers. Information scientists measuring the growth of new knowledge have found that the number of...
RoweCom Sues Divine; Ebsco Negotiates Purchase. (News Fronts)
Failed journal subscription agency RoweCom (AL, Feb., p. 13-14) filed for Chapter 11 status in the Eastern Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Massachusetts January 27 and concurrently sued its parent company Divine to recover more than $73.7...
Statement by Carol A. Brey, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)
I began working at my local public library at the age of 16 and knew I had found my life's work almost from the beginning. When I decided to go to library school at the University of Illinois, Alice, a seasoned reference librarian, told me, "You'll...
Statement by Donna Dziedzic, Candidate for ALA Treasurer. (ALA Election)
ALA is a tremendously robust organization whose power and vitality reflect the nature of its people. Its current primary incomes, from dues, publications, conferences, and other educational offerings, are well developed. While general economic conditions...
Statement by Herman L. Totten, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)
What an honor and a privilege it is to stand for election to the presidency of the American Library Association! I share ALA's dedication to the recognition of cultural diversity, the development of lifelong learning, the equity of access to information...
Statement by JoAnn Mondowney, Candidate for ALA Treasurer. (ALA Election)
I ask for your vote as ALA's treasurer. ALA is the only organization in the nation that has the commitment and financial resources to promote and support intellectual freedom, equal access to information, literacy, diversity, libraries, and librarianship....
Statement by Robert R. Newlen, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)
These are not normal times. It's not a time for business as usual--either at your library or at the American Library Association. America's libraries are experiencing a devastating fiscal crisis and America's librarians and library users are looking...
Statement by Teri R. Switzer, Candidate for ALA Treasurer. (ALA Election)
This is an exciting time to be a librarian and it is an even more exciting time to be actively involved in ALA. Today's librarian is called on to assume a myriad of roles--educator, researcher, activist, and advocate. And these roles are made possible...
Technically Speaking: The Questmaster Emerges at Midwinter. (Information Technology)
It was a quiet time in the 2003 ALA Midwinter Meeting exhibit hail, where all the vendors are knowledgeable, all the librarians are anxious to buy, and all the technology products are above average. About the only visible excitement could be seen at...
The Crawford Files: The Century's Most Vital Technological Device. (Technology)
Remember Joseph Janes's Internet Librarian column, "Sanctuary through Technology" (AL, Dec. 2002, p. 68)? His inspiration was a discussion led by David Levy on "information and the quality of life." I heard Levy at the end of October 2002, speaking...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)
"I felt in the past that sometimes they [the intelligence agencies] were a bit like librarians who had books that they didn't want to lend to the customer, but I think that is changing." United Nations chief weapons inspector HANS BLIX on the cooperation...
Travel and Accommodations Information. (Conference)
AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS -- GENERAL INFORMATION ExpoExchange/ITS is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALI/CLA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. You can...
War with Iraq Threatens Libraries at Home. (Editorial)
"While Mrs. Bush respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she, too, has opinions and believes it would be inappropriate to turn what is intended to be a literary event into a political forum," said a spokesperson for Laura Bush,...
Will's World: The Death of Moby Dick. (Commentary)
The concept of instant gratification best sums up the changes in our society during my time on the planet. Today, people want satisfaction now. Patience is a lost art. He who waits, loses. For those of us who work in the world of information, the Internet...
Working Knowledge: Life on the Job. (Professional Development)
Q I hope to retire in five years. What are the most effective things I can do now to ensure that I will be able to remain professionally active in retirement? Old Guy Podunk Public Library Dear Old Guy: Statistics show that librarians, unlike...