American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 10, November

A New National Library Fuels the Engine of Education
Changes are happening in the federal bureaucracy faster than you can reshelve a book. Reinventing. Downsizing. Flattening. One of these changes attests that libraries are still valued in America. It reassures us that there are people in power sold on...
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Auto Aces or Accident Victims: Librarians on the Info Superhighway
Librarians lately seem prone to indigestion. Is there any subject that can bring on an attack of gastric distress faster than when librarians get together to talk about the future of libraries? Media futurists seem intent on convincing us our days are...
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Corporate Sponsorship: The New Direction in Fundraising
"Sponsorship is not a new thing," says Christopher T. Dunworth, president and CEO of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. "Partnerships with corporations go back 50 to 100 years with some symphonies." For libraries, they go back most notably to the...
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Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the hundreds of readers who answered the survey from my July/August column (p. 736) on the vexations of reference librarianship. You have given me enough material to fill the next three columns. As a reward I have...
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Internet Librarian
Internet books--You remember books? Printed on dead trees? Have a shorter shelf life than most dairy products? There are some Internet books that have staying power, such as Clifford Stoll's works (The Cuckoo's Egg, Silicon Snake Oil), Howard Rheingold's...
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Quick Vids: Videos on a Timely Topic
American Cinema Studies Almost since the inception of the movies, there have been frenzied attempts by popular mass media--from newsreels to TV tabloids--to grab realistic peeks inside the movie industry (and particularly into the lurid lives of its...
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Sanctifying the Internet
It is an understatement to say that interest in the Internet is widespread, particularly in the library world. The Net" is the new magic word: Invoke it and you are immediately imbued with technological competence. But all is not copacetic in the virtual...
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Special Report: Christian Conservatives Organize to Criticize ALA
Conservative critics have stunned ALA by leveraging the publicity of Banned Books Week into a series of media-savvy attacks on some of the Association's fundamental principles. At the same time, a small group of parents and conservative librarians have...
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Surfing in Seattle: What Cyber-Patrons Want
"I am glad the library is giving all Seattle residents the opportunity to surf the Net. You guys are awesome. Thanks!" "Thanks for thinking about these issues and moving forward to make technology accessible to everyone, not just the rich or comfortable."...
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Toward a Global Library Community
The world of culture and ideas is an indivisible one, former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin reminded us at the 1985 General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Ten years later, librarians have...
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What Students Expect of the Internet
WE ALL KNOW THE JOKES about having to ask kids for help when we adults have trouble with our computers. Assuming that this savvy generation does have a better handle on computers and networking technology, what kinds of expectations do young people...
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Young and Restless in the Library
A public library story time concludes and preschoolers begin running around the place yelling like mad, and it is deemed acceptable behavior. Two senior citizens loudly discuss their medical bills while standing at the copier, and no staff member asks...
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