American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 6, June

Ameritech Library Services Becomes Primary Sponsor of Chicago 1995 Conference
The Fund for America's Libraries and Ameritech Library Services (ALS) have just completed negotiations for a six-figure sponsorship of the Chicago ALA Annual Conference. Sponsorships are not new to ALA conferences. ALA attendees have long been familiar...
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Brother, Can You Spare a Mime?
Don't get me wrong: New Orleans and Miami ate two of my favorite cities, but rm very happy that this month ALA's Annual Conference is being held in Chicago. Sure, Chicago doesn't have Miami's beaches or New Orleans's French Quarter; but it also doesn't...
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Deaf-Advocacy at Queens Borough PL
Do deaf people dance?" That was the question asked by a security guard attending a training session at the Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library. The trainer had asked every participant to write down a question they had about deafness or deaf people,...
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Disabled Librarian Wins Truce in Fight over Job
Kanab (Utah) City Library Director Marolynn Watson took on city hall and forced officials to reconsider a city council member's request that she resign due to her disabilities. A fall the 53-year-old Watson, who has suffered from muscular dystrophy...
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Giant Chicago Law Firm Dismisses Library Staff
Baker and McKenzie, one of the nation's largest international law firms, surprised its library staff Mar. 31 by informing them that they no longer had jobs. Part of a 10%, 35-person "support staff" reduction that included secretaries, mail clerks, and...
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Lean, Mean Searching Machines
Welcome to the first installment in American Libraries'new column on how librarians are using and creating resources on the internet. Perhaps some background is in order to explain who I am and what I'm doing here. Sheer hedonism and survival instincts...
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Let's Make a Library Deal
Early in 1990 a group of Nebraska public libraries found themselves facing the need for automated library systems, with neither the experience nor the expertise required to install them. Because of a fortuitous combination of circumstances peculiar to...
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NAFTA Spurs Cooperation at Trinational Forum in Mexico City
How would you feel if there were libraries just a few miles away from yours--with interests in the same local subjects, even sharing some of the same patrons--but you had never met the librarians and couldn't even talk to them? This is precisely the...
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"Not So Fast."(books for and against Electronic communications)(Bibliography)
"Not So Fast" When Pushcart Press publisher Bill Henderson chose this motto for his Lead Pencil Society, which is dedicated to resisting automation in all its forms, he couldn't possibly have imagined what a deep nerve he and others like him would strike...
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Ohio School Libraries Suffer Closings, Cuts
Students in Cincinnati and Columbus will find it more difficult in the next academic year to learn how to access the information superhighway: Their library services are being curtailed due to the financial woes of their school districts. In Cincinnati,...
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Oklahoma City Bomb Explosion Closes Downtown Library
"I thought for all the world a plane had crashed on our building or an adjoining building," said Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System Director Lee Brawner. It was only after the staff was quickly evacuated from the downtown library building that...
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Perpetuating Information Overload
Perpetuating information overload Merely give a hungry person a fish and all you do is annoy the employees of the local seafood joint; but teach that person to fish and he won't show up for work during trout season or the Bass Masters. This is not...
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Redeeming Value
Communities are often best defined by the threat from outside. That is why, looking back 50 years to the end of the Second World War, people in England and the U.S. remember an experience of sharp definition and common purpose. Today, by contrast, our...
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S.C. Scraps Innovative Prison Library System
Prior to Apr. 1, the South Carolina state prison library system was recognized as one of the country's finest and most progressive. In fact, it was recently lauded by AL contributor and former prison librarian Richard Lee (AL, Feb., p. 129). But that...
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