American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 6, June-July

ACRL Takes on the Future in Nashville
The crowded meeting rooms and restaurants hinted at it, the smiling faces of the conference arrangers and exhibitors confirmed it: Attendance figures at the Association of College and Research Libraries' eighth national conference, April 11-14 in Nashville,...
Building Character and Responsibility: A Decade of Junior Volunteers
AN AMBITIOUS PROGRAM IN SOUTH CAROLINA GIVES YOUNG LIBRARY PATRONS A SENSE OF PRIDE AND COMMITMENT Ten years ago the Richland County Public Library in South Carolina began what has become one of the largest and fastest-growing junior volunteer programs...
Censorship Watch
Preemptive Profiles. Trustees of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City have unanimously approved a parental preference option for adults who want to block their children's access to select titles. The culmination of months of protest from...
Chapter Report: "Shaping the Debate" for Kids
It's axiomatic that legislators are more likely to support your favorite cause when it happens to coincide with their favorite cause. Most state legislators (not to mention their constituents) probably have kids. This is far more likely to help Kids-Can't-Wait...
DCPL Managers Fight Bad-Press Barrage
There's no letup in sight in the barrage of unfavorable local headlines about the District of Columbia Public Library. Amid the latest batch, the Washington Post revealed April 11 that a grand jury was investigating the alleged misappropriation of travel...
Desperately Seeking Marvin
A funny thing happened on my way to interview Marvin Scilken, an articulate, urbane retired librarian and editor of the ever-useful Unabashed Librarian, (subtitled "The 'How I Run My Library Good' Letter"), and one of the last librarians not connected...
Down and Outsourced in Hawaii
Outsourcing and its twin wordform downsizing are useful euphemisms for fiscal managers and public relations officers. Following his decision to cede responsibility for selection, cataloging, and processing of the state's public library collections to...
FCC Approves Telecom Subsidies for Libraries, Schools
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously May 7 to implement discounted telecommunications services to the nation's libraries and schools. The new rules, which substantially follow the recommendations made by the Federal-State Joint Board...
Funding May Improve for L.A. School Libraries
With the passage of a $2.4-billion school bond issue in Los Angeles and several library-related senate and assembly bills percolating in Sacramento, the financial pall that has hovered over California school libraries in recent years may he lifting....
Kids Couldn't Wait Then Either, but Sometimes They Had To
A LONGTIME ACTIVIST OFFERS A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIBRARY YOUTH SERVICES AND THE POLiTiCAL STRATEGIES BEHIND THEM The younger the children, the less they are thought to need, and the less money is paid to those who care for and educate them, This is the...
Lesbigay Librarians Share Their Stories
As ALA once again converges on San Francisco for what promises to be another mammoth convention, we are at the threshold of new ideas and visions, reinventing libraries for a whole new generation of librarians and users. Libraries have begun to see...
Multiculturalism or Gender Equity?
In an academic library in Utah, a male student from a Middle Eastern country walks up to the reference desk and is greeted by a female librarian. The student explains to her that in his homeland, men deal with other men in business situations, and that...
Plans for '98 Propel the Association toward 2000
The ALA Executive Board sailed through its spring meeting, May 3-4 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, propelled by the prospect of a healthy FY 1998 budget with new initiatives in the rapidly changing landscapes of cyberspace and cultural diversity. The...
Red River Flood Takes Toll on N. Dakota, Minnesota Libraries
A scant six inches made all the difference when the Grand Forks (N.Dak.) Public Library was threatened by flood-water from the overflowing Red River in late April. Director Dennis Page reported that the library came "within about six inches of the water...
San Francisco Welcomes ALA
THE BAY AREA CAN'T WAIT TO GREET VISITORS AT ALA'S 116TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Welcome to San Francisco for the 116th Annual Conference of the American Library Association, June 26-July 3. San Francisco, always a popular destination point for ALA conference...
Sex, Kids, and the Public Library
NEW ISSUES OF CENSORSHIP AND SELECTION RAISED BY THE INTERNET SPEAK TO THE VERY ROLE OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY "Sex at the library. News at eleven." Television, talk shows, and newspapers are shouting the message in community after community across the...
The 15% Solution: Kids with LD Can't Wait
LEARNING DISABILITIES TURN SIMPLE PLEASURES SUCH AS READING INTO TERRIBLE ORDEALS FOR MANY CHILDREN Terry is 10 years old and has dyslexia. For her, reading is laborious, comprehension is low, and school texts are torture. Terry never reads for pleasure....
To Filter or Not to Filter
BRENDA BRANCH AND GORDON CONABLE DEBATE THE MERITS OF UNFETTERED INTERNET ACCESS The public clamor in opposition to the Communications Decency Act (CDA) - about whose constitutionality the Supreme Court is expected to rule by July - has been drowned...
What Kids Are Waiting for and What We Can Do about It
EIGHT CHILDREN'S SPECIALISTS SPELL OUT WHAT KIDS NEED NOW AND HOW WE CAN HELP Judging from recent youth-services volunteerism proposals that range from President Clinton's "America Reads Challenge" to General Colin Powell's "Alliance for Youth" (p....
Yes, Read Every Chance You Get ... but Don't Forget to Catch the Ball
A MINNESOTA TOWN GOES TO BAT FOR READING AND HITS A HOME RUN FOR LIBRARIES ALL OVER THE STATE Baseball. Books. Billboards. A triple play. Add kids and you've got a home run for reading and a marketing coup for the Minnesota Library Association. On...