American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, January

2002 ALA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Form Part II
2002 ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FORM PART II III. PRECONFERENCE REGISTRATION Member Number CHECK ALL ...
ALA Annual Conference 2002 Early Bird Conference Preview
The ALA Annual Conference is the world's largest and most comprehensive library conference and exhibition. Drawing over 26,000 librarians, educators, writers, publishers and special guests, the conference includes more than 2,000 meetings, discussion...
ALA Campaign Takes Flight @ the Local Level: Libraries Are Riding High with Marketing Might. (Public Relations)
When Melvil Dewey said in 1926 that a librarian's function is to give the public information, inspiration, and recreation, he could never have guessed that, three-quarters of a century later, his words would appear in a public relations campaign designed...
A Picture Postcard Preview of Midwinter in the Big Easy: Tight Security to Rule at ALA's Meeting in New Orleans. (Midwinter Meeting)
Heightened security will be evident during ALA's Midwinter Meeting, January 18-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, as convention facilities join airports and a growing list of government and other office buildings that have...
Can Unions Solve the Low-Pay Dilemma?: Librarians Carol French Johnson (Left) and Cathy Bremer Discuss the Benefits and Problems Unions Bring to Libraries. (Salaries)
In a field where average salaries are notoriously low (see p. 56), librarians may wonder: Can unions help solve the problem of low pay? Do their practices help or hinder the plight of libraries in general? American Libraries invited two librarians...
CPL Head's Comments Provoke Outrage. (News Fronts)
A December 4 appearance by Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey on the Fox News Network's O'Reilly Factor sparked letters of protest aimed at CPL and the American Library Association. Her comments about the confidentiality of library records...
Datebook. (Events)
ALA CHAPTER CONFERENCES March 7-10: Alaska Library Association, Hilton Hotel, Anchorage. Contact: Sherri Douglas, conference chair 907-343-2840; fax 907-562-3206; e-mail douglasss@ci.anchorage.ak.us; Web site www.akla.org/Anchorage2002/conference2002.htm....
Editorial
Getting to Know Islam I've been getting a lot of attention in the subway lately, every time I pull out my paperback copy of the Qu'ran. People keep craning their necks and casting sidelong glances to see if I'm reading what they think I'm reading....
Flag Flap Leads to Phallus Furor in Boulder. (News Fronts)
Within days of the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library acceding to demands that it display an American flag in its lobby (AL, Dec., p. 15), the library made headlines again over its exhibit choices. The new controversy was over an exhibit called "Art Triumphs...
Gatekeepers of the Internet: A Midwinter Meeting Conversation. (President's Message)
John W. Berry I began my presidential term at the 2001 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco conversing with Thomas Jefferson; a "gatekeeper" of the 18th century. The conversation advances to the 21st century January 20 during the Midwinter Meeting...
Gaylord Information Systems
A Letter to My Librarian Colleagues: The dawning of a new year is a time for reflecting on the year past and the year to come. This year especially, many of us in the library profession will look back in sorrow as we remember the friends and colleagues...
Harry Potter Bewitches Fans, Foes @ the Library, Movies. (News Fronts)
The book read round the world, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, hit the silver screen with magical momentum in November, breaking Hollywood box-office records and spurring newspapers to offer travel tips on how to tour Harry Potter's piece of...
Hotel Rates and Features
HOTEL RATES AND FEATURES HOTEL SINGLE/DBL 1. Atlanta Marriott Marquis $159 (h, ns,f/p, op, 15 min) (Headquarters Hotel) 2. AmeriSuites Downtown $120 (h, ns, f, cb, 10 min) 3. Atlanta Capitol...
Internet Librarian: E-Rate; the Agony and the Ecstacy. (Information Technology)
Despite the filtering requirements added by the Children's Internet Protection Act, librarians who have previously filed for the e-rate should continue to do so (unless they're completely burned out on the bureaucratic burdens of the application process)....
Lawsuit Challenges Presidential Records Order. (News Fronts Washington)
The public-interest group Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit to block an executive order signed by President Bush November 1 that allows incumbent or former presidents to withhold the release of their presidential papers that would otherwise be made...
Learning about Islam. (Special News Report)
There is so much false information on the radio and on TV, it's nice that we will be getting the true facts," said one patron of the Geneva (Ill.) Public Library. "I needed to educate myself more on the Middle East and the Muslim religion," said another....
Muslim-American Librarians Reflect: September 11 and Its Aftermath. (Special News Report)
For Muslim-American librarians, a unique and extraordinary set of circumstances frames their response to the cataclysmic events of last September 11. In an atmosphere where Islam is viewed by many Americans not only with ignorance but with hostility...
Obituaries. (People)
Mary Edna Anders, 79, principal research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from 1969 until her retirement in 1981, died October 18 of congestive heart failure. She had also been on the staff of ALA's Survey of Library Functions...
People
Currents Camila A. Alire resigned as dean of libraries for Colorado State University in Fort Collins effective December 30. * Heather Briston has been appointed university archivist for the University of Oregon in Eugene. * January 10 Bescye...
Preconferences and Other Special Events
The following preconferences and other special events are considered ticketed events. To purchase tickets for these functions, please use Part ii of the registration form. In addition, you can purchase tickets online by going to http://www.ala.org/events/annual2002/....
Private Green and Public Good. (Grassroots Report)
The Friends of the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library recently completed a successful capital campaign to renovate the central library, raising nearly $6 million in private funds toward a total budget of over $22 million. Against the backdrop of a city...
Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Terrorists Mischaracterized Will Manley asserts that "the perpetrators of the great crimes of September 11 were Arab Americans" (Nov., p. 100). This statement is not correct. According to the November 5 Washington Post, the terrorists' citizenship...
Referenda Roundup 2001: Libraries Get Voter Approval. (News Fronts)
Despite worries about a slumping economy, voters approved more local library measures nationwide than they rejected in elections held November 6 and earlier. Good news came from Ohio, where, even as other high-profile tax issues were defeated, library...
Research Methods as Essential Knowledge. (on My Mind)
What would it take for us to create the perfect library and the perfect librarian? We see our nation's libraries redefined by technology and reinvented by ourselves as new services emerge and collections once owned are now leased. But how to create...
School Librarians Celebrate Milestone in Circle City. (Special Report)
An impressive 3,633 librarians and exhibitors converged on the Indianapolis Convention Center and RCA Dome November 14-18 for ALA's American Association of School Librarians' 10th National Conference and Exhibition, "Coming Together as a Community...
Strategies for Improving Library Salaries: Determination Not to Settle Is Step One in Raising Librarianship's Bottom Line. (Salaries)
The most important asset of the library goes home every night--the library staff," the late Timothy Healy, former New York Public Library president, is credited with having said. It's a philosophy with which few library officials would disagree, but...
Technically Speaking: Ebrary at Bat. (Information Technology)
Just at the time when NetLibrary is filing for bankruptcy and being rescued from oblivion by OCLC's announced intentions to purchase its assets (see News Fronts this issue), and when Questia continues to bypass libraries by marketing--unsuccessfully,...
The Crawford Files: Brace Yourselves-It's the Attack of the PoD People! (Publishing)
Forget Mr. Mold the Stack Monster. MARC the Magnificent? Old hat. Conan the Librarian is still on UHF. It's up to you to handle... The Attack of the PoD People! Does your library's collection policy favor local authors? If not--if you...
The Recession Comes Home to Libraries
Now it's official: The longest economic expansion in U.S. history began in 1991 and ended in March 2001, according to a November 26 report by the National Bureau of Economic Research (www.nber.org/cycles/november200l/), ushering in a recession that...
There Is No Honor in Being Underpaid: Librarians Must Stop Settling for Salaries That Qualify Them for Public Aid. (Salaries)
MLS students are taught that librarians have an obligation to support the American Library Association. As members of ALA, they are told that they should join forces with information professionals across the country as advocates for libraries and literacy,...
This Month, 99 Years Ago. (Events)
IN JANUARY 1903, RUMORS BEGAN circulating that Minneapolis Public Library Director James Kendall Hosmer was about to resign in order to devote more time to his historical scholarship. But who to succeed him? Many favored 37-year-old First Assistant...
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"I don't believe anyone should lie about their career history. But it's OK to play with titles. For instance, one client was a librarian, earning $27,000. I suggested he reposition himself as an information-management specialist. He now makes over...
United We Stand: Preserving the History of U.S. Labor: Labor Library Collections Prove That in Union There Is Strength. (Collections)
Last June at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, librarians from all over the U.S. joined local Bay Area librarians in three days of protest at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel (AL, Aug. 2001, p. 70-71). The librarians were there to support...
USA Patriot Act Raises Red Flag over Liberties. (News Fronts Washington)
American Libraries asked Miriam Nisbet, legislative counsel for the ALA'S Washington Office, to identify issues facing the profession as a result of Congress's dearly unanimous passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001. Library issues related to the...
Willie Winner Works Wonders. (Will's World)
Last July I solicited nominations for this year's Willie Award, an honor that I created to recognize the people who, for the most part, go unrecognized in our profession, the people who are not even considered part of our profession. They may not be...