American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 10, November

Advocacy for Profit: Library Journalism by Corporate Design
THE CAHNERS MAGAZINE CREW EXPLAIN HOW THEY MAINTAIN INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTIC VOICES AND STILL FIT INTO THE REED ELSEVIER PUBLISHING EMPIRE "120 years of independent library leadership," reads a banner across the top of this year's Library Journal covers....
A Week on the Road in the Name of Libraries
Tuesday, Tallahassee. Thursday, Chicago. Monday, our nation's capitol. It's a typical week in my life since I became ALA president. And what a heady week it was, working for you and America's libraries. On Tuesday, September 17, I joined colleagues...
Bookmobile Provides Home-Schoolers with Regular Library Period
AS MORE PARENTS OPT TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME, ONE LIBRARY SENDS UP-TO-DATE RESOURCES TO UNDERSERVED SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL AREAS Here is one "school" library that does as much - or more - lending over the summer as it does during the academic...
Chapter Report: Rural Libraries and Universal Service
As libraries and library associations across the country - especially those in the country - struggle in this election season to find the party or candidate that will bring them closer to the telecommunications service their patrons now require, they...
City Life
It is commonplace for reviewers to praise a writer's sense of place by remarking that the setting in a particular story functions like a main character. Behind this claim is often the assumption that it takes fiction to bring this heightened reality,...
Free Wiring Is One Thing, Expensive Hardware Is Another
Perhaps they are looking a gift horse in the mouth, but administrators in New York and elsewhere around the country are checking the teeth of NetDay96, the corporate-sponsored volunteer effort to wire a minimum of one-fifth of the nation's public schools...
High-Tech Access Opens Whole New Worlds for Kids
"NEW WORLD SURFERS" OFFER OTHERWISE UNDERSERVED YOUNGSTERS IN BALTIMORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT Salahuddin Muddathir, 15, likes to access various geography home pages on the library's computer because he likes to see different parts of the world....
It Takes a Village to Put a Library Online
A COMMUNITY-BASED EFFORT BRINGS THE INTERNET TO A REMOTE MONTANA TOWN For the Lincoln County Public Library in Libby, Montana, fulfilling the ALA's "Equity on the Information Superhighway" (see p. 9) initiative to make libraries gateways to the Information...
Librarians on Mars: Combating Isolation Via the Internet
When I put out a call to "librarians on Mars" - isolated from their peers on ships, on small islands, sequestered behind nine feet of concrete, or marooned in the center of underpopulated prairies - I was deluged with messages proving that despite intense...
Prison Libraries Change Lives
THE ROAD TO REHABILITATION BEGINS WITH DOING TIME INSIDE A LIBRARY Quick now: What do Jean Harris and John Resko have in common? If you answered that they both served time for murder and wrote about their experiences in accounts full of a sense of human...
Public Turns on Board after Ouster of Seattle PL Director
The abrupt and enigmatic departure of Liz Stroup October 1 as the popular director of Seattle Public Library has elicited a critical editorial and led patrons to publicly call for the resignation of the entire library board. "Liz Stroup's Successor...
Rural Does Not Equal Underserved
Let's clear one thing up about this issue of American Libraries right off the bat. Any implication that "rural" equals "underserved" is unintended. Underserved populations inhabit cities too - no question about that. "Underserved" could, in fact, include...
Small-Town Dreamers Build $1.8-Million Community Library
THROUGH PERSEVERANCE, A FARM COMMUNITY RAISES MATCHING FUNDS TO BUILD TAX-FREE NEW SPACE "When I cut this ribbon, it will be as if a thousand hands are holding the scissors, because that is what it took to build this beautiful library," said Mayor Sara...
Technically Speaking
Citrix Fruits Spokane (Wash.) Public Library has become one of the first public libraries in the country to offer a graphical dial-in interface. Users with a PC, a modem, a valid library card, and a PIN number can download WinFrame client software,...
The Parental Rights Amendments and Libraries
A recently formed grassroots organization called "Of The People" has taken on the enormous task of promoting a "Parental Rights Amendment." Versions of this constitutional amendment have been introduced in at least 28 state legislatures, and have been...
Those Seeking Money Need Not Apply
My highly scientific research indicates that the classified ad section is the most intensively read part of any given library professional periodical. My research methodology is the same that I used to use to determine the most widely read subject areas...
Training Trainers in Teen Service
A GROUP OF YOUNG ADULT SPECIALISTS ARE ENGINEERING A FAST-TRACK SERVICE UPGRADE Teenagers. For many years that has been the easy answer to the question, "Who is the most underserved group in your library community?" Those pesky teens. They aren't cute...
Unlocking Doors through Literacy
In 1994 the statistics on education in Broward County, Florida, shocked the staff of the county's library system. Fifty percent of the children who would begin school in 1995 would not finish high school and most likely end up in prison, the Florida...
Where the Information Superhighway Meets the Back Roads
THE STATE LIBRARY SPEARHEADS AN EFFORT TO MAKE THE INTERNET UBIQUITOUS IN UTAH The patron came to the Cedar City Public Library seeking information on so-called "secret shoppers." The term refers to people who are hired by companies to visit their stores...