American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, April

Arson Damages Minn. High School Library. (News Fronts)
Three teenagers were arrested and charged in connection with an arson fire set by intruders in the Minnetonka (Minn.) High School Media Center the night of March 2. The fire caused more than $500,000 in damage, according to the March 5 Minneapolis...
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A Sense of Place: New Facilities and Renovations Emphasize Community. (Facilities)
Like the patrons they serve, libraries' needs and means vary. But among the myriad technological, spatial, and aesthetic factors that must be considered in planning today's academic, public, school, and special libraries, the need for meeting space...
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Colorado Carnegie Library Undergoes Massive Facelift: Grants, Donations, Community Support, and a Motorcycle Aid Restoration Efforts. (Facilities)
At the turn of the previous century, Andrew Carnegie funded the building of numerous public libraries throughout the country. In 1903, the growing city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won Carnegie support for construction of a free public library but...
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Conn. Family-Diversity Program Stirs Spat. (News Fronts)
A program created to inspire a community dialogue in Groton, Connecticut, has erupted into a fight over what constitutes age-appropriate materials. The controversy revolves around a series of middle-school field trips to Groton Public Library to view...
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Currents. (People)
Yehoshuaz Ben-Avraham has been appointed coordinator of member programs and services for the American Theological Library Association in Chicago. * Docia Blalock has assumed duties as head of the Roxanne Whipple Memorial Library in Winslow, Arizona....
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Datebook. (Events)
ALA EVENTS April 12-14: ALA Executive Board Spring Meeting, Chicago. Contact: Liz Dreazen, 800-545-2433 ext. 3203; e-mail ldreazen@ala.org. April 26: ALA Task Force on Recruitment and Diversity National Town Hall Meeting, "Recruitment @ your...
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Esprit De Place: Maintaining and Designing Library Buildings to Provide Transcendent Spaces. (Facilities)
"Libraries are places that embody learning, culture, and other important secular values and manifestations of the common good, and there is a need arising from our common humanity to visit such places." --Michael Gorman, in Our Enduring Values (2000)...
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Fiat Lux: A Yahoo with Values and a Brain. (Internet Librarian)
Full disclosure: I'm deeply involved in the project I'm going to discuss in this column. The bad news is that this involvement no doubt colors my objectivity. The good news is that I now have a vested interest in making it happen, since I'm committing...
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Free Lunch Now Feeds the Minds of Future Readers. (Grassroots Report)
Serving on a task force is sometimes the association equivalent of a root canal, but members of the Ohio Library Council actually look forward to the meetings and reports coming out of its "Futures" project. The official name is "Ohio Libraries:...
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FTRF Supports Presidential Records Suit. (News Fronts Washington)
ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation, the Association of American Publishers, and eight other groups representing writers and publishers filed an amicus brief February 28 in support of a Public Citizen lawsuit to block President Bush's executive order...
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GPO Asks Librarians Not to Restrict Access. (News Fronts Washington)
The U.S. Government Printing Office has advised librarians at the State University of New York/Oswego's Penfield Library that they have no authority to restrict access to Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents. GPO's response followed a February 15...
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Indiana Exhibit Draws Police Attention. (News Fronts)
A St. Joseph County (Ind.) Public Library presentation titled "What to Do When Stopped by Police" got unexpected publicity in mid-February when off-duty police officers began borrowing every book in a related display. By the third day, Director Don...
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Libraries Featured in March Woman's Day. (News Fronts ALA)
From Janet Fitch (White Oleander) to Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring), many of today's bestselling authors attribute their publishing successes to their local library, according to an article in the March 12 issue of Woman's Day magazine...
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Library Computers Seized by Police. (News Fronts)
Police impounded 26 computers from the Sun Prairie (Wis.) Public Library February 14-15 after an off-duty officer discovered sexually explicit photos involving children in a restroom trash can in the library's entryway. Acting on the assumption that...
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Misinformation Campaign Cancelled.Or Was It? (Editorial)
Leonard Kniffel In a recent study conducted Global Library (AL, Mar., p. 22), 89% of the public, academic, and school librarians surveyed said the most significant role for librarians five years from now will be instructing patrons in finding and...
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National Security Archive Champions Freedom of Information: FOIA Feeds a Vast Library of Declassified Documents. (Collections)
Last fall, it took the United States and its allies a mere two months to rout the Taliban. Then the hard work of installing a new, democratic government in Afghanistan began. Mohammad Zahir Shah, the gentle-looking king who ruled Afghanistan for four...
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Norfolk Architect Becomes Volunteer Extraordinaire: Local Designer Transforms Neighborhood Library with a Colorful, Low-Cost "Teen Zone". (Design)
It was a lucky day for the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library when architectural designer Ray Jennings found himself in a long line at the checkout desk at the Kirn Memorial Main Library. Knowing that the library's very small staff was struggling to keep...
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Obituaries. (People)
Elizabeth W. "Betty" Stone, 83, former dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University and American Library Association President from 1981 to 1982, died March 6 of complications from pneumonia and a lung infection. Stone...
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Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Superlative Supervisors Will Manley's "Golden Rule of Supervision" (Feb., p. 88) says with eloquence what should be heard, and adhered to, by all who manage: "Supervise others as you would want to be supervised." As Manley says, many supervisors...
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Rediscovering America @ Your Library. (President's Message)
John W. Berry The past few months have been a time to reflect on what it means to be an American and a citizen of a diverse global community. People across the country have turned to the rich and deep resources freely available at our nation's libraries...
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Shaping the "Experience Library": The User Is the Product at a New Library in California. (Facilities)
Waynn Pearson, director of the Cerritos (Calif.) Public Library, believes that the new library facility he helped dedicate March 16 truly represents the library of the future. "Our product is the user," says Pearson. "We didn't start our planning with...
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SLA's Shaffer Steps Down. (Briefs)
After serving as executive director of the Special Libraries Association for only six months, Roberta 1. Shaffer resigned from the position effective February 22. Although she accepted the job last April, Shaffer didn't officially begin serving until...
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Statewide Projects Face D2Deficiency. (Technically Speaking)
Two new state-level contracts demonstrate how integrated library systems (ILS) or consolidated-catalog vendors come up short with respect to resource-delivery management. Fretwell-Downing was recently selected by the Minnesota Library Information Network...
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Talking 'Bout MyLibrary. (the Crawford Files)
What's MyLibrary? Eric Lease Morgan (a pioneer in MyLibrary work at North Carolina State, now at Notre Dame) says it's a "user-centered, customizable interface to collections of library resources." Think of MyLibrary as a personal library portal. The...
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Teleconference to Address Library Recruitment. (News Fronts ALA)
"Recruitment @ your library," a free, live satellite national town hall teleconference, sponsored by ALA President John W. Berry's Task Force on Recruitment and Diversity, will take place April 26, from noon to 2 p.m. (EST). "The meeting will begin...
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Telework, or Watching Television? (Will's World)
The issue of telecommuting, or the more recently preferred term "telework," has received a lot of attention in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City. When a company's headquarters is blown away in a disaster, telecommuting becomes a necessity...
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The 1.6% Solution: Continuing Education and Professional Involvement Are Small but Crucial Budget Items. (Professional Development)
During my 29 years as a librarian I have noticed that our profession and the public library boards that govern us tend to be amazingly "penny wise and pound foolish" when it comes to investing in the very thing that libraries are supposed to promote--the...
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The Association's Associations: ALSC Works on Behalf of Children. (News Fronts ALA)
Through services, partnerships, and programming, ALA's Association for Library Service to Children strives to create a better future for the nation by helping libraries and their staffs provide a wide array of learning and growth opportunities for...
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The Jigsaw Puzzle, or Why I Love My Job. (on My Mind)
A jigsaw puzzle. That's how I've often referred to the really meaty reference questions, the ones that took more than a moment's reflection and then a hop to a reference book or a few strokes on the keyboard. Although we reference librarians would...
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This Month, 262 Years Ago. (Events)
IN APRIL 1740, THE LIBRARY COM-pany of Philadelphia moved its collection from the home of librarian William Parsons to "the upper room of the westernmost office" of the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall), where colonial legislators...
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Thus Said. (Opinion)
"It surely won't be long before the Bible is pulled from school library shelves as well, since the Old Testament is rough on the Palestinians, and the New Testament is rough on the Jews." Syndicated columnist Alexander Cockburn, February 14. "I...
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Wisconsin Governor's Budget Threatens Massive Library Cuts. (News Fronts)
Wisconsin libraries are preparing for massive cutbacks in anticipation of Gay. Scott McCallum's plan to close a $1.1-billion budget deficit by reducing state aid to municipalities. His proposal, announced in January, would reduce state-shared revenue...
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