American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, January

Ashland, Oregon, Library Expansion Hits Snags
The start date of a voter-approved expansion of the Ashland (Oreg.) Public Library is in question until the city works out a revised building plan within the approved budget. All three construction bids that came in were between $600,000 and $700,000...
Censorship Watch
R-Rated Reservations. In reaction to a months-long campaign by social conservatives, the Post Falls (Idaho) Library board modified the library's video-lending policy December 11 to allow parents to bar their children under 18 from borrowing any of...
Chapter Report: Power Play @ Your Library
Even though their rankings in the 2000 HAPLR index are 40 places apart (AL, Nov. 2000, p. 50-54), Minnesota and Arkansas are both trying to keep libraries in the spotlight. The strategies, players, and game plans vary. But both are proving that the...
Cited
Lynne Cutler, a librarian in the history/literature section of the Oakland (Calif.) Public Library who has volunteered as the service coordinator for the disabled for several years, has been named the city's Employee of the Year. * Chicago Public...
Copyright in the Digital Age: "The Comfort Zone Is Going to Go Away"
THE REGISTER OF COPYRIGHT EXPLAINS HER THINKING ON FAIR USE AND THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT On October 26, 2000, Librarian of Congress James Billington, made a ruling that is expected to have a big impact on copyright, the fair-use doctrine,...
Dead, but Not Gone
Lost in the Byzantine complexities of the presidential election was a Senate race that in any other year would have made national headlines. The story is as simple as it is strange--a dead man was elected to the United States Senate by the voters...
Delegates Plot Future for Continuing Professional Education
James Neal kicked off ALA's second Congress on Professional Education, held November 17 in Chicago, with an Ethiopian proverb: Many spiders can weave a web that will stop a lion. "And that is our task," he added. Director of libraries at Johns Hopkins...
Editorial
Like Grandma in the Back Seat Unable to speak in grammatically correct sentences, I used a lot of gestures and inflections. That way, I could turn a single Polish word into an exclamation, a question, or even a declarative sentence--and at the same...
French Library Problems Continue
The French Bibliotheque Nationale reopened November 9 after being shut down for a week when staff members complained of violent headaches and a burning sensation in the eyes and throat. Sixteen staff were affected, and one, a security guard, was taken...
Global Reach
ENGLAND The British Library has made available high-quality digital copies of its two Gutenberg Bibles on its Web site (prodigi.bl.uk/gutenbg/default.asp) in order to allow scholars to compare them and still preserve them from unnecessary wear and...
ICANN Decides against .Kids, .Xxx Domains
The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted November 16 not to establish new top-level Internet domains for either child-friendly or pornographic sites. ICANN did select seven new domains (.info for general use,...
Internet Librarian
Love Is a Many-Splendored Gizmo Gadget junkies everywhere, unite--you have nothing to lose but your bank balance! Here's what I was told when I asked librarians what tools they would bring if they were stranded on a desert island with a high-speed...
Ky. County's Board Says No to a Library
The 24,000 residents of Carter County, in eastern Kentucky, will still have to hit the road for library services for the foreseeable future after the county's magistrates (commissioners) voted 6-0 in November against a property-tax increase that would...
LAMA Divines in the Desert
Some 325 librarians came to the desert resort of Palm Springs, California, November 30--December 2 for the first national institute held by ALA's Library Administration and Management Association. The future-directed theme of "Vision, Mission, Reality:...
Libraries: Ensuring Information Equity in the Digital Age
The true dawn of the Information Age was in the 1930s when Congress passed the Communications Act of 1934, calling for universal service to ensure equitable access to communications technologies. Libraries were busier than ever; many were open seven...
On My Mind
Lunchroom Loneliness They stop talking when I enter the lunchroom. They won't sit next to me at a table, but always leave a phalanx of empty chairs as protection to separate us. Their eyes follow me when I cross the room. Some stare brazenly,...
Parent Wins Right to See School's Internet Logs
A New Hampshire court has ruled that an Exeter father of four has the right to review the Internet history logs tracking the site visits of students, faculty, and staff at the Exeter Region Cooperative and the Exeter school districts. The November...
People
Currents The new reference librarian at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., is Robin Angeley. * Heidi Armstrong Temple has become reference services librarian for the Minitex Library Information Network at the University of Minnesota Libraries....
Plan for New Philly Library Aired
Administrators, patrons, and supporters of the Free Library of Philadelphia gathered in City Hall November 29 to outline a $120-million plan for the expansion and renovation of the Central Library on Vine Street. Director Elliot Shelkrot's pitch to...
Quick Vids: Videos on a Timeless Topic
Home Movies When I retire sometime in the next decade, I intend to set up regular residence in the University of California/Berkeley's Bancroft Library. I can't imagine a more satisfying way to spend my leisure time than mining its rich, seemingly...
Reader Forum
A Dressing-Down Yes, Mark, it's true (Mark Herring, On My Mind, Nov., p. 33)--dress codes went to hell the day blue jeans first appeared at the Met, about 1970, I think. Don't you remember the nude model in Puccini's La Boheme that created such...
Technically Speaking
ILL News from RLG and OCLC The Research Libraries Group (RLG) has announced that it is now shipping version 1.1 of its ILL Manager software. This product raises the bar for interlibrary loan systems because it is not a client/server-based system,...
Technology on Tap at LITA Forum in Portland
"One hundred years ago, people did not see themselves as technologically primitive," said LITA Past President Michael Gorman. "They saw themselves, as we do now, at a time of unprecedented change." Gorman, whose talk opened the third national forum...
The Association's Associations: AASL Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence
For 50 years the American Association of School Librarians has worked to ensure that all members of the school library media field collaborate to provide leadership in the total education program; participate as active partners in the teaching/learning...
This Month, 125 Years Ago
...U.S. COMMISSIONER OF Education John Eaton was watching for any response from the nation's library community to a suggestion he had made the previous summer that librarians host a conference in Philadelphia during the nation's centennial celebration....
Twelve Years after the Fall: Poland's Complicated Transition
THE SWITCH FROM COMMUNISM TO CAPITALISM LEAVES SALARIES LOW, ASPIRATIONS HIGH, AFTER A STATE-OF-THE-ART LIBRARY OPENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW. A short hike from Warsaw's remarkable Old Town, reconstructed from the rubble of World War II, there...
What Do Librarians and Information Scientists Do?
They ODAPCOSRIU in the I&OEM. A DEFINITION OF LIBRARY AND IN FORMATION SCIENCE IS THE KEYSTONE TO HOLDING PRACTICE AND THEORY TOGETHER. It is fashionable in some circles of librarianship to proclaim that because our profession's subject disciplines...
When in Washington, Let's Do Lunch-Or Dinner
THE CAPITAL REVOLVES AROUND FOOD, NOT POLITICS ALA members coming to Washington, D.C., for Midwinter Meeting this month might be laboring under the impression that political life defines our nation's capital. Don't believe it for a minute. Politics...
Yahoo! and the Abdication of Judgment
ARE WE DIGGING OUR PROFESSIONAL GRAVES BY EMBRACING OUR PATRONS' APPROACH TO INTERNET SEARCHING? Imagine that a new encyclopedia has come onto the market. A great deal of its content consists of items for sale. In the forward to this set, the editors...