American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, February

Annenberg $500 Million Includes Creation of Electronic Library
The widely reported gift of $500 million from publishing mogul and philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg for public education reform--announced Dec. 16 and lauded by President Clinton at a White House ceremony the following day--contains a much less-reported...
Dancing with Cornstalks in Cleveland
I have devoted a good part of my professional career to researching the habits, interests, and traits of librarians, and I have come to one conclusion: Above all else, we librarians love to congregate. Despite our shy and retiring stereotype, there's...
News Libraries in Eastern Europe Help a Newly Free Press Find Its Power
The Freedom Forum library network offers emerging journalists in formerly communist countries a straight dose of facts. In newsrooms across the United States, journalists have long relied on accurate, timely information provided by news libraries....
Prison Law Librarianship: A Lesson in Service for All Librarians
The commonalities of quality service become crystal clear when patrons are behind bars. I strap on an alarm belt and enter the library. From the room I'm in, I can see a bubble mirror high on the hallway Wall. In it I see my next patron being searched...
The Dextral Transversion Factor in the Science of Edging
Lost to scholar for 50 years, and important thesis on precise edging demands our attention. Students and practitioners of Clern's Manual for Edgers, cited in Professor Charles Curran's seminal essay, "Edging: art or science?" (AL, July/Aug. 1988,...
The Martin Luther King Library and Archives at the Crossroads
Funding and staffing shortages and legal setbacks cloud the future of the nation's premier collection on the Civil Rights Movement. In 1991 Cynthia P. Lewis left the Library and Archives at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social...
Unlikely Love Stories
Thanks to the film Shadowlands, the notion of the unlikely love story is on our minds this Valentine's Day. What makes the story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham so evocative is not just the fact that he was a reticent British intellectual and she a...