American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 3, March

Cataloging Internet Resources: Concerns and Caveats
Increased cataloging requirements, changing URLs, and conflicting and changing cataloging standards make many of us wary of cataloging Internet resources (including paper-based resources with Internet equivalents). However, the changing information world...
Censorship Watch
Challenge Raises Goosebumps. After two heated public hearings that could have thawed a Minnesota midwinter, the Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District in suburban Minneapolis will retain nine Goosebumps titles over the objections of a first-grader's...
Chapter Report: Cultural and Community Partnerships
If you want to help your members strengthen the cultural and community programming at their libraries, you don't have to do it alone. A number of organizations, program models, and potential partners can transform what seems like one more task you don't...
Chicago PL Incensed over Political Joke
A Chicago Public Library supervisor was suspended for one day in late December after making a joking comment about Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and unaccounted-for library funds. Diane Richmond, who since 1985 has supervised the science and technology...
DCPL's Franklin Retires amid Praise, Charges
On the occasion of their retirement, the heads of large libraries are traditionally accorded, at the least, a press release of career plaudits from the institution they are departing and a nice write-up in the local press. Accordingly, the District...
Diversity: The 21st-Century Spectrum
The ubiquitous term "diversity" has a lot of supporters, probably because it includes more people than "affirmative action" (AA), which targeted the four largest ethnic minority populations. In the 1996 movie The Associate, Whoopi Goldberg tells a white...
Doing the Right Thing for Country and Community
AN INDIANA LIBRARY TURNS A NATURALIZATION CEREMONY INTO A CIVIC EVENT THAT BENEFITS CITIZENS NEW AND OLD After 71 new citizens from 22 countries were sworn in, and before the fireworks began on the Fourth of July, a reporter asked me, "Why does the...
Education Gets a Boost in Clinton's FY98 Budget
President Clinton gave education spending a major boost in his proposed budget for fiscal year 1998. The budget, submitted to Congress February 6, also contains $136.4 million for the new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) - the same amount that...
First-Day Decorum
Okay, you've followed the advice I've given you over the past four months. You've picked out the right job ad, prepared a serviceable resume, aced the interview, and gotten the job you've always wanted. Tomorrow you are scheduled to show up for your...
From A to Zena
THE NOTED CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWER REFLECTS ON A LIFETIME OF GOOD READS For more than three decades, children's authors, editors, and educators have admired both the taste and taut prose of preeminent children's book reviewer Zena Sutherland. One-time...
Libraries and Museums in a Hands-On Age
The very word "museum" makes some people, even library professionals, screw up their faces in distaste. They have bought the argument that "museum" means a boring, irrelevant, musty thing of the past, and the only good ones are "hands-on" places full...
Sexual Politics and the Newbery Medal
A NOTED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE CRITIC DECRIES THE LOOK OF THE FIELD'S HIGHEST HONOR As the 75th anniversary of ALA's John Newbery Medal approached, I began digging into its history and discovered some distressing information. I had always wondered exactly...
Star-Makers in Muncie
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY STAFFERS RESTORE A FORGOTTEN FILM FROM THE SILENT ERA Archivists have always had to be prepared for the unexpected aspects of their work, but the recent restoration of a 1915 motion picture came as a new experience for Ball State...
Statement by Ann Symons, Candidate for ALA President
In 1993, our small community of Juneau, Alaska, erupted in an emotional censorship incident over the book Daddy's Roommate. Leading our school district's fight made me realize how essential ALA is to my everyday life as a working librarian. More important,...
Statement by Kenneth E. Dowlin, ALA Candidate for President
The changes that are taking place in our work, homes, communities, and the greater society as we move toward the 21st century are creating a threshold for a decision by librarians. We must make a conscious - perhaps even bold - decision about our future....
State-of-the-Art Public Library Opens in Shanghai
The new 900,000-square-foot Shanghai Public Library in China opened to the public last December 20. Made up of two main buildings, the library is distinguished by its modern design and capability of meeting 21st-century information needs by combining...
Suit Alleges Baker & Taylor Overcharged Libraries Millions
A lawsuit filed in 1995 alleging that book wholesaler Baker & Taylor overcharged libraries and schools up to $200 million over the past decade was made public February 3 after the U.S. Department of Justice joined the suit. The suit charges that...
Technology Brings Challenges and Opportunities for Support Staff
The growth of technology in both academic and public libraries has created a new and unexpected set of challenges for all library personnel. Initially there was concern over how library personnel would adapt to the technology itself. Questions arose...
The Association's Associations: ALCTS Sets the Standards
The work of ALCTS goes on quietly, underpinning the work of librarians in all areas of librarianship. For 40 years, as library materials have expanded from books and serials to include realia, digital files, videos, and interactive multimedia, ALCTS...
The Newbery at 75: Changing with the Times
PEER INTO THE LOOKING GLASS OF CHILDREN'S BELLES-LETTRES AND SEE A REFLECTION OF JURORS' EVOLVING MORES All the ingredients were there in 1918 when World War I ended. The audience for children's books had been spurred by new Carnegie-endowed libraries,...
Turning Libraries into Cultural Centers
ALA'S PUBLIC PROGRAMS OFFICE BRINGS HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS TO LIBRARIES ACROSS THE NATION American libraries are known the world over for their superlative information services, offering the practical tools people need to improve their quality...