American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 16, July-August

ALA Acts; Membership, Council, and Executive Board Summaries
Membership votes At its meetings July 8 and 10, ALA Membership resolved: * To receive the report of the Lacy Commission on Freedom and Equality of Access to Information with thanks, append the comments delivered at Membership Meeting by Eric...
Corporate Buying Fever Hits Library Marketplace
A run of corporate acquisitions, mergers, and cooperative agreements among library/information suppliers this summer has librarians asking such key questions as who owns what, how will services be affected, and what will they cost? The roundup below...
Five Libraries Capture Architectural Awards
Arches and columns of classical mein, a glass moat, a stone fireplace--such disparate design elements helped five libraries win awards in the 11th Library Buildings Award Program sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and the Library Administration...
Indianapolis PL Finds Gold beneath the Grime of Decades
In the main reading room of the Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library, a brilliantly colored Pompeiian-style ceiling has emerged from a 69-year layer of soot and grime. The ceiling restoration was one facet of a half-million-dollar renovation...
Minudri Says She'll Work for All Kinds of Libraries
Regina Minudri, who campaigned on validating the ALA-accredited MLS and increasing the visibility of pay equity as a national issue, has won the ALA presidential three-way race with 38 percent of the vote. Minudri recently assisted the Berkeley...
"Pricing Us out of the Market:" Are Publishers Biting the Hand That Feeds Them?
EACH year we campaign hard to increase local support and state aid for our area libraries, and during the last four years our income has indeed gone up. With more dollars in our book budget, why are we unable to expand our acquisitions? In staff...
Public Library Spending Jumps 11.5%; Circulation Up 1.9%
The 1984 Index of American Public Library Circulation is 109, up from 107 in 1983. The Index of Expenditures jumped 15 points from 130 in 1983 to 145 in 1984; this is the largest increase in the last 10 years. In deflated 1980 dollars, the index...
Pursuing the Elusive Salary Range; Less Than 50% of Library-Job Ads Contain This Aid to Equitable Recruitment
AMONG THE ISSUES CONFRONTING librarians today, the ALA policy that advocates advertising salary ranges in job notices might appear to be of minor importance. We maintain however, that library personnel practice 54.18 in the ALA Policy Manual can influence...
Voting with Our Feet; ALA's Return to Chicago for Annual Conference Sets Registration Record
"We have very forcefully served notice on Chicago that ALA is back," Executive Director Robert Wedgeworth told the Membership during the Association's 104th Annual Conference, july 6-11. He offered these stats to prove his point: A registration total...