American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 17, June

$18 Million LAPL Fire: Salvaged Hopes; If It Had to Happen, This Was the Best Time
$18 million LAPL fire: Salvaged hopes ONE OF THE LARGEST LIBRARY fires in U.S. history has turned out to be less catastrophic than it might have been thanks to modern technology, a foundation's gift, and most of all the heroics of firefighters,...
Academic Libraries in Transit; Racing to Change from Monolith to Information Clearinghouse
Academic libraries in transit THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE and Research Libraries' Fourth National Conference in Baltimore April 9-12 was a sell-assured, determined attempt to place academic libraries squarely in the middle of the information action...
ALA and Others Win Delay in Document Pricing Policy
ALA and others win delay in document pricing policy "Massive opposition, haggling over pricing, and a possible change of heart by a key senator' is delaying the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) decision to limit supplies of Congressional documents...
ALA Is Healthy and Growing, Galvin Tells Board Members
ALA is healthy and growing, Galvin tells board members At the spring meeting of the ALA Executive Board* at Headquarters April 29-May 1, Executive Director Thomas Galvin, Treasurer Patricia Schuman, and Committee on Program Evaluation and Support...
ALA Publishing Services Builds on Old Strengths and New Agreements in Its Second Century
ALA Publishing Services builds on old strengths and new agreements in its second century On May 1 ALA Publishing Services, entering its second century of operation in 1986, began distributing books published in London by the Library Association of...
ALA's 105th Annual Conference: Program Suggestions, by Topic
ALA's 105th Annual Conference: Program suggestions, by topic THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Preliminary Conference Program for the 105th Annual Conference in New York City, June 28-July 3, was mailed to all personal members in April. Based...
ALA Strategic Long-Range Plan; Mission, Priority Areas, Goals
ALA STRATEGIC LONG-RANGE PLAN MISSION, PRIORITY AREAS, GOALS At the 1986 Annual Conference in New York the ALA Council will be asked to adopt a strategic long-range plan for the Association. ALA has talked about the need for comprehensive planning...
...And New York-Style Diversions; Plays and Other Pleasures Await Conferencegoers in the Big Apple
. . . and New York-style diversions WHAT DOES NEW YORK CITY have to offer conferencegoers for entertainment in the dog days of summer when they're not meeting in midtown hotel suites--aside from the ubiquitous preparations for the colossal 4th of...
Boorstin Defends Choices at Budget-Cut Hearing
Boorstin defends choices at budget-cut hearing Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin came under attack during a Congressional hearing May 7 when members of Congress questioned his reduction of reading room hours from 77 1/2 to 54 1/2 hours a week....
Celebrating the Centennial; Excellence through Education
Celebrating the centennial 1986-87 MARKS THE CENTENNIAL OF library education: Melvil Dewey's proposal to the trustees of Columbia University and the American Library Association in 1886 resulted in the opening of the School of Library Economy as...
Computer Reference in Jersey School District
Computer reference in Jersey school district For more than a year, the South Brunswick School District in central New Jersey has known the luxury of free use of an online news service--one that Dow Jones normally sells for big bucks to business and...
Friends Group Builds Its Own Branch Library
Friends group builds its own branch library May 1 was a special day for an enthusiastic group of Friends in North Jackson Township, Ohio. The group had already raised nearly $20,000 to help renovate a former wagon shed and town hall into a library....
Library Education: A Mini-History; What Hath Dewey's Daring Venture Wrought?
Library education: a mini-history NEARLY A CENTURY AGO, the first library school in North America opened at Columbia University because one person, Melvil Dewey, felt the best way to prepare librarians was through classroom instruction combined with...
Library Stars to Sparkle in Virginia's New Dominion
Library starts to sparkle in Virginia's New Dominion Democratic Governor Gerald L. Baliles promised a "New Dominion' in the Old Dominion state of Virginia when he won the office last November. Recently, library supporters saw evidence that the former...
New York Public Turns 75 with a Splash; Library's Renaissance Buoyed by Renovation and Popular Support
New York Public turns 75 with a splash THE GLEAMING NEW YORK Public Library lions, nicknamed Patience and Fortitude in the 1930s by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, were decked out in top hats and bow ties as New York City began celebrating the...
Recycling a Worn-Out Bookmobile; Library System Saves by Rejuvenating Old Unit with New Truck Chassis
Recycling a worn-out bookmobile WHEN THE ARROWHEAD Library System in northeast Minnesota was considering in late 1983 a replacement bookmobile, alternatives to purchasing a costly conventional unit were explored. After discussions among the system's...
Senators Back Libraries in Votes and Words
Senators back libraries in votes and words When U.S. Senators voted 60-38 in favor of the Andrews-Hollings amendment to the Senate FY 1987 budget resolution April 23, they displayed the effects of successful library lobbying on Legislative Day a...
"Seussamania" in Geisel's Hometown; Springfield (Mass.) Library Branches Pair off to Celebrate
"Seussamania' in Geisel's hometown "IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS of Yertle this and Oobleck that here at the Springfield (Mass.) City Library,' Assistant Director Jeffrey Katz recently wrote AL. "We've featured a two-Sneech road show and eight weeks of...
Women on the Library Ladder: They're Headed Upward, but a Few Rungs Are Missing
Women on the library ladder: they're headed upward, but a few rungs are missing Articles in two issues of Library Trends, both published in April, trace gains and setbacks for women in library education, and in research and public library administration....