American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, March

Backing Up the Gates of Millions: TRI Life in the Fast Line
ALABAMA LIBRARIES WILL BE THE FIRST TO BENEFIT, AS WILLEM SCHOLTEN AND THE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE INSTITUTE CREW PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE GATES LIBRARY FOUNDATION'S MIGHTY COMMITMENT Things are hopping at the Technology Resource Institute. Four...
Bill Ties Universal-Service Funds to Internet Filters
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced legislation February 9 that would require schools and libraries receiving universal-service funds to restrict children's access to indecent materials on the Internet. As a condition for getting a subsidy, a school...
Blocking Legislation
Even as civil-rights organizations were standing in line to file First Amendment lawsuits in Virginia against Loudoun County Library for its unyielding Internet filtering policy (see p. 20), legislation requiring service providers to regulate online...
Cashing in on Regional Pride
Library lovers in Peoria, Illinois, and in Dallas have independently hit on fundraising schemes for their local public libraries that rely on geographical boosterism for their payoffs. * A baker's dozen of authors living in central Illinois have promised...
Experts Examine Shortage of Information Technology Workers
Experts from industry, government, and academia met January 12-13 at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California, to discuss the shortage of information technology workers in the United States, a burgeoning issue for librarians. The National Information...
Internet College: The Virtual Classroom Challenge
THE SHIFT TO DISTANCE LEARNING MEANS LIBRARIES NEED TO GET ONLINE RESOURCES TO STUDENTS - WHEREVER THEY ARE At the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), librarians pride themselves on their ability to deliver services online to students...
Keeping the Library in Library Education
LIBRARY EDUCATORS KATHLEEN DE LA PENA MCCOOK AND JUNE LESTER TACKLE THE ISSUES AND TRENDS IN EDUCATION FOR LIBRARIANSHIP In recent months, the ALA Council listserv has been bubbling with discussion about whether library schools that have dropped the...
Libraries, Class, and the "Poor People's Policy."
Some eight years ago, writer Benjamin DeMott observed: "An immense weight of subsidized opinion has gathered on the side of social untruth, and the means available to those who try to contend against the untruth are fragile. Social wrong is accepted...
Net-Based Continuing Education: What It Takes
Do you meet as a group, or do you use e-mail to communicate one-on-one? These two prevailing types of Net-based continuing education (CE) - also called synchronous and asynchronous - speak to different circumstances and preferences for schools and students...
Saving Family Heirlooms and Treasures
WOULD-BE PRESERVATIONISTS ARE EAGER FOR THE KNOW-HOW YOUR LIBRARY CAN OFFER WITH A PRESERVATION AWARENESS WORKSHOP Many people have artifacts they would like to preserve for future generations: old books, photographs, prints, record albums. But they...
Some Transactions Have Nothing to Do with Books or Information
In Selling the Invisible (Warner Books. 1997), author Harry Beckwith theorizes that Burger King has not won "the burger wars" against McDonald's because the latter enterprise sells experiences, and not.just sandwiches. Reading this, it occurred to me...
Surpluses, Budgets May Help Libraries Cash In
Libraries may be able to take advantage of revenue surpluses as governors in three states contemplate how to spread out the extra funds. Pennsylvania library advocates, already working with legislators to overhaul the state's antiquated funding system...
Surviving the Unabomber Media Circus: An Interview
On April 3, 1996, at 1:30 p.m., Librarian Sherri Wood arrived at her job as head of the Lincoln, Montana, branch of the Lewis and Clark Public Library. Fifteen minutes later, her phone began ringing. In the next two hours, more than 200 phone calls clogged...
The Good Professional: A New Vision
A LIBRARY EDUCATOR EXAMINES WHAT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE HAS BECOME AND HOW EFFECTIVE LIBRARIANS WILL ACT IN THE FUTURE The Good Professional once was someone who chained books to the wall for access; someone trained to write catalog entries in ledgers...
Theorie on the Disappearance of Children's Librarians
One of the issues that all library managers must face is the problem of staff turnover. It's inevitable. Whether it's because of retirement, resignation, termination, promotion, sickness, death, or winning the lottery, library employees do vacate their...
This Month: 266 Years Ago
Benjamin Franklin's Library Company of Philadelphia placed its first book order "suited to the tastes and purses of young tradesmen." Librarians have always demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning. Our history is populated with leaders who were...
Twenty-Seven Excuses for Not Taking That Computer Class
I once had the quaint notion that I would reach a point in life when "continuing education" meant reading the classics, studying French, and gallery-hopping on Saturday afternoon. I'm beginning to doubt that the day will ever arrive. Instead, I see...
What If You Ran Your Library like a Bookstore?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH MORE SERVICE HOURS, BIGGER COLLECTIONS, AND GREAT COFFEE? Bookstores have become a lot like libraries these days - a fact that raises the professional hackles of many library workers, whether or not they believe that imitation is the...