American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 6, June-July

A Dangerous Liaison?
BE PREPARED FOR THE UPCOMING COUNCIL DEBATE OVER ALA'S TIES TO THE BOY SCOUTS BY READING THIS EXCHANGE BETWEEN TOM BUDLONG (LEFT) AND MICHAEL GOLRICK. Recent efforts by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to defend its policy of excluding homosexuals and...
A Dangerous Liaison?
BE PREPARED FOR THE UPCOMING COUNCIL DEBATE OVER ALA'S TIES TO THE BOY SCOUTS BY READING THIS EXCHANGE BETWEEN TOM BUDLONG (LEFT) AND MICHAEL GOLRICK. Recent efforts by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to defend its policy of excluding homosexuals and...
A Global Perspective on the Library and Information Agenda
LIBRARIANS CAN BUILD MORE STABLE AND MEANINGFUL WORLDWIDE CONNECTIONS THAT ADVANCE INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY INTERESTS A global library community is one that is asynchronous, multilingual, multicultural, geographically diverse, Internet-enabled, and technically...
A Pageant of Cultures: The Libraries of Cairo
THIS COMPLICATED, COSMOPOLITAN CITY IS HOME TO A READING PUBLIC THAT IS AS DIVERSE AS ITS STREETS Tourists, historians, and archaeologists flock to the Nile to gaze and wonder at the past. Yet Egypt is looking to the future, striving to catch up and...
Argentina Puts the Library at the Center of the Global Village
You are at your hotel, it's 10. p.m. You get a call from a friend inviting you to dinner. "After dinner," he adds, "We can go to a movie. The last show is at 1:15 a.m., after which, at around 2:45, we'll go to a cafe and have something to drink. We can...
Delegation to Eastern Europe Returns Enriched and Eager
From the moment we arrived in Prague in the Czech Republic April 18 - the first stop in a three-country visit - we knew that this would be a special trip. We were the 19 members of a children's literature delegation, formed under the auspices of the...
Expanding Our Global Reach to Enhance Our Local Touch
During the past year we have expanded ALA's global reach. As I have met librarians and library supporters around the world, I have been impressed by the values and services that unite us. Regardless of geographical location, nationality, or ethnicity,...
Inside Russian Libraries: An Information Technology Perspective
POST-PERESTROIKA RUSSIAN LIBRARIES ARE RACING TO EXPAND THEIR REACH Russia. A country struggling to free itself from 70 years of totalitarian regimes and reinvent itself into a new paradigm of free enterprise, its very name conveyed to me images of...
Internet Librarian: Libraryland Lexicography
"Acronym Soup" (Sung to "Three Little Maids from School" from The Mikado) By Thomas Dowling (digital muckety-muck at Ohiolink and frequent poster to Web4Lib) Three-letter acronyms can be Very confusing as you'll see. Harder than trigonometry - Three-letter...
Librarians in Robes: The Monks of Wat Muniransyarama
IN VIETNAM'S MEKONG DELTA, MONKS PRESERVE TRADITIONAL KHMER CULTURE AND PROMOTE LITERACY Once, very far away and very long ago, a powerful king from the West met a wise monk from the East. To test the monk's wisdom, the king posed many difficult questions:...
Money Matters: Academe Gets Its Due for Wealth of Service
In unrelated acts of gratitude, two former academic-library patrons have enriched the budgets of the universities that nurtured them. * The willingness of a Duke University librarian decades ago to lend books by mail to a young Virginia farm boy even...
Multicultural Cuisine in the Capital: Global Reach with a Lo-Cal Touch
LOBBYING FOR THE BEST IN FOOD AND DRINK, ALA WASHINGTON STAFFERS WELCOME ANNUAL CONFERENCE-GOERS WITH A GUIDE TO D.C. DINING "We'll have more luck straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa than striking a balance between Republicans and Democrats during...
Second Annual Willie Award
Later this month thousands of librarians, library trustees, and library vendors will descend upon our nation's capital to talk about libraries with each other. They will talk about new information technologies, old information technologies, intellectual...
Special Chapter Report: Texas Does It Bigger
The folks at the Texas Library Association (TLA) have got to be feeling pretty good right about now. Lauded by exhibitors and librarians alike, they have again successfully carried off the country's third largest library conference and their biggest...
Talking to Ourselves about Library Education
Who's in charge of library education anyway? From what I can gather, the answer goes something like this: Library school deans and faculties must construct programs that answer the higher call of the overall university curriculum. The university wants...
Technology and Tradition: The Future's in the Balance
NEW RESEARCH FROM THE BENTON FOUNDATION CONFIRMS THE PUBLIC'S FAITH IN TRADITIONAL LIBRARY SERVICES Somewhere in America, on any given day of the week, a local mayor running for reelection is kissing babies, waving the flag, and embracing a public library,...
The Association's Associations: ASCLA Fills a Unique Role
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) represents libraries and interests that serve a unique role in library service. ASCLA members and their library agencies depend and thrive on cooperative endeavors. ASCLA currently...
The Dag Hammarskjold Library Reaches out to the World
THE UNITED NATIONS IS CREATING A LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY Imagine a library that fulfills the most difficult mandate in the profession. First, the library must serve more than 180 diverse countries, all of them with many...
Volunteer Day Is Catching On-One in Washington, One to Take Home
ALA OFFERS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A HANDS-ON DIFFERENCE AND TAKE THE SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM WHERE YOU LIVE You could tell stories at the N Street Village Shelter for women and children or read shelves at the Mount Pleasant branch library. Perhaps...
With a $2-Billion Surplus, NYC Mayor Cuts Libraries
Although New York City is enjoying the largest budget surplus in its history - $2 billion - the $34-billion budget announced April 24 by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani includes a whopping $12.9-million budget reduction for libraries. "Libraries, like anything...
Wyoming State Librarian Fired without Explanation
Nobody is saying much about the April 27 firing of Wyoming State Librarian Helen Meadors. Announcing her termination the following day, state Administration and Information Department Director Art Ellis, who holds absolute hiring and dismissal power...