American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 9, October

African-American Librarians Make Global Connections
The theme "Culture Keepers III: Making Global Connections" provided both programmatic cohesion and a professional agenda for the Third National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), which took place July 31-August 3 in Winston-Salem, North...
A Nice Little Digital Library
Compared to competing "digital library" projects from the computer-science community, the Everglades Digital Library (EDL) is humble. It doesn't have terabytes of data or glitzy Java tools bouncing across an opening Web page. Instead, the EDL is about...
Are We Free to Talk Honestly about Intellectual Freedom?
The debate on filtering the Internet to block patron access to pornographic Web sites has become quite troublesome. Actually, it's not a debate: It's a litmus test that measures commitment to intellectual freedom. If you toe the professional party line...
Budget Cuts Close Vancouver PL for a Week
Demonstrating that desperate financial times provoke desperate responses, the Vancouver (British Columbia) Public Library shut its central library and its 20 branches for the entire week of August 25-September 2. When the city council reduced its budget...
Changing the World through Books
BOOKS FOR AFRICA FILLS EMPTY SHELVES IN A CONTINENT STARVED FOR READING Many grand strategies for solving the world's problems ignore the fact that most changes occur in nearly invisible increments. We only notice the difference when we add up all the...
Charter Report: Exchanging Information
It's easy to assume that the international arena is beyond the reach of state and regional chapters. After all, there's plenty to do here at home. But chapters that have explored the boundaries of international relationships report a wealth of opportunities...
Danes Advance IFLA Action on Free Expression
Principles of free access to information and freedom of expression resonated through the 63rd Council and General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 31-September 5....
How to Go Global
The new era of globalization demands that we reexamine our professional roles, responsibilities, and values. As librarians, we bring skills and expertise that can help our communities and communities around the world deal with new political, social,...
In Times of Troubles: Library Progress in Northern Ireland
DESPITE "THE TROUBLES," THE COUNTRY'S LIBRARIES SHOW ONGOING HIGH-TECH ADVANCES AND HOUSE PRICELESS MATERIALS Any librarian doubting the prodigious impact that the Internet is having on library development worldwide should visit Northern Ireland. There,...
Laos: Adventures in Arrearage Reduction
Basically, the world is a collection of interesting places. One of my favorites, Indochina, popped up in my e-mail last December, when I discovered that the World Bank was funding a six-week consultancy to Laos. The scope of the work was to classify...
Librarians' Salaries Much Better This Year
SALARY INCREASES FOR LIBRARIANS EXCEED THOSE FOR WORKERS IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY FOR 1996-1997 Between April 1996 and April 1997, the average salary for librarians increased 4.62% - a much higher percentage than the increase for comparable occupations reported...
New Zealand: Proud to Be a Pomare Librarian
"I should warn you the library's a disaster," he said, smiling. The man didn't lie. Even now, 17 months later, it all floods back to me in moments of exhaustion and despair. The smell of books molded together and the unmistakable odor of sandwiches...
Outsource Discourse
SHEILA INTNER AND SUE KAMM LOOK FOR COMMON GROUND ON THE THORNY ISSUE OF CONTRACTING OUT LIBRARY SERVICES The controversy over outsourcing library operations, already enflamed by Hawaii's collection-development deal with Baker & Taylor (AL, September,...
Phantoms among the Folios: A Guide to Haunted Libraries
A TIRELESS GHOSTHUNTER STALKS THE STACKS FOR BIBLIOSPIRITS In the fall, a journalist's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ghosts. Newspapers and magazines that haughtily refrain from printing news of the paranormal for 11 months of the year eagerly...
Public Library Circulation, Spending Continue Upswing
AS PATRONS BORROW MORE, PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE SPENDING MORE TO SERVE THEM After modest declines in 1993 and 1994, the Index of American Public Library Circulation increased in both 1995 (2%) and 1996 (1%), to return to its 1992 level of 110. The index...
Scanning for Gold
By now, word of Baker & Taylor's formation of Replica Books - its new business unit that will publish licensed editions of recent titles that go out of print - is widespread. So what is this new venture all about? Is Replica Books an out-of-print...
South Africa: Shaking off the Shackles
Like almost everything in South Africa these days, libraries and the library profession are undergoing a major transformation, redressing the longstanding imbalances of the apartheid era. In July, an assembly of 450 library representatives voted to form...
The Destruction of a Great Library: China's Loss Belongs to the World
NEW RESEARCH SHEDS LIGHT ON WESTERN RESPONSIBILITY FOR A CALAMITY DURING THE BOXER UPRISING THAT LINGERS TODAY For 60 days in mid-1900 the Western government diplomatic offices in Beijing came under siege by the Qing government and forces of the Boxer...
The Future and I
As most of us in "The Profession" know, life as a public librarian has its dark side. As a Deweyite for almost 20 years, I have my share of stories. Librarians have always had to contend with the stereotype: bespectacled, homely, lonely, asexual, dull,...
Where Are the Electronic Mummies?
Twentieth-century technology has made it possible for us human beings to leave behind a record of our existence - visual, spoken, written, artistic - unlike anything that has ever been possible in the history of the world. At the 63rd conference of...
Zimbabwe Book Fair Celebrates Libraries
Television interviews and national news coverage were not on the planned agenda when the delegation of 13 American librarians, representing all types of libraries and led by ALA President Barbara J. Ford, signed up to attend the August 2-9 Zimbabwe International...