American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, January

A Modest Proposal: No More Main Entry
I have an exceedingly modest proposal for MARC records, which I offer before the integrated machine-readable cataloging format is cast forever in electronic bronze. In the immortal words of the Red Queen: "Off with its head!" In computer-speak: "Delete...
An Editor's Choice
It's the time of year when best-book lists start lurking around the comers of your mind like Santa's elves working the back alleys in search of naughty kids. Well, I wasn't as naughty as I might have liked last year, but I did read a few books and...
Lawmakers, Lawbreakers: The Problem of Library Record Destruction
For at least 50 years, librarians have been in the forefront of protecting library patron privacy under the rubric of defending the "right to read." Over the past 20 years, librarians have bucked the FBI and the IRS and lobbied legislators for the...
Librarians and Death
Can it actually be 18 months since I ran my last library lifestyle survey? Yes, it was in June 1992 when my ill-fated "Librarians and Sex" survey deflowered the virgin pages of the Wilson Library Bulletin. Although that survey revealed some telling...
The ABCs of L.A
A LA last met in Los Angeles in 1983. Since then the city has known triumphs, such as the 1984 Olympics, World Series, and NBA championships, and tragedies--earthquakes, fires, floods, and the tragic riots of 1992. As a result of bad press and sound...
Whither the Depository Library Program?
"The battle between Congress and the executive branch over who controls the production and dissemination of government information is now more than a century old," observed ALA past president Patricia Glass Schuman as she testified Oct. 28 before the...
Zen in the Art of Troubleshooting
"Terry, could you come over and look at this?" As university systems librarian I hear such requests seven times in an average day. Five or six of these can be, handled in seconds because they are common mishaps and the solutions are in my bag of tricks....