American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1-2, January-February

Able in Afghanistan
Blue-eyed octogenarian and information advocate Nancy Hatch Dupree is a rare bright spot in Afghanistan today. But the impact of her work can only be fully appreciated in its brutally unglamorous context The 2009 Afghan presidential elections were...
ALA Files E-Rate Comments, Urges FCC to Increase Cap
ALA submitted a response November 23 to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) call for comments on broadband needs in education, including changes to the e-rate program to improve broadband deployment. The e-rate program is nearing the day...
Applied Science & Technology Retrospective: 1913-1983
Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983 provides content from the acclaimed Applied Science & Technology Index. This is the perfect reference for tracking down important studies, exploring historical controversies (such...
Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
"A tremendous resource for ... historians, students, and researchers... I would highly recommend Art Index Retrospective for its comprehensive content and excellent search options." --Reference Reviews "The most inclusive and wide-ranging of...
Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982
Search seamlessly with Book Review Digest for more than a century of literary criticism! "A giant ten. I love this file and so will researchers. ... an essential acquisition for every public, academic, and research library." --Library Journal...
Brand Perception 2.0: Tools for Online Reputation Management
Many librarians have tried to play a role in educating young adults about developing a presence on social networking sites. They have warned teens that nothing online ever really disappears and that compromising photographs or derogatory posts can...
Bush Presidential Library Unveiled; Design Goes for the Green
The George W. Bush Presidential Center has been designed to achieve LEED platinum certification and will include numerous sustainable design strategies, including locally sourced and 20% recycled building materials, solar hot water panels, native landscaping...
Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982
A must-have for every business collection! "Should be able to satisfy the research needs of everyone, from the community college business major to the demanding clients of a corporate library."--NetConnect/Library Journal "First Choice for a...
California Town Closes Its Libraries; Outrage Gets Them Reopened
An outpouring of library support at the local, state, and national levels has forced back open the doors of two libraries in Colton, California, less than a month after city administrators abruptly slammed them shut with one day's notice. "The opening...
Crisis in Colton Libraries: Visible and Organized Grassroots Advocacy Works
I was traveling in California when the November 12 announcement was made to close Colton Public Library, which thankfully has since reopened (see page 20). At the height of the crisis, I was able to meet with library board President Pete Carrasco,...
Digital Renewal: ATLAS Is One Route to an Interactive Future for Old Digital Collections
Before the current wave of mass digitization ventures were even a gleam in the eye of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, many libraries were already engaged in their own endeavors. These early projects often involved digitization of historical images, maps,...
Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983
Find information quickly with updated and original subject headings! Comprehensive coverage ... The Wilson name is synonymous with extensive and precise indexing." --Reference Reviews "Easy to use. ... will delight researchers in education...
Embracing Change for Continuous Improvement: In a Period of Transition, Libraries Must Redevelop Their Services to Create Loyal Customers
Progress implies change. Not all change is progress, but all progress requires change. Change can be planned or unplanned. Libraries have experienced some serious unplanned changes in the recent past; they have been buffeted by changes in technology...
Equipping Educators with 21st-Century Tools
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence,...
Fresno Students Protest with Study-In
There has been a resurgence of student activism at public universities throughout California. State budget reductions and rising student fees have resulted in students paying more and getting less. Students have occupied buildings, held marches, and...
General Information
CONFERENCE LOCATION Due to the size of the ALA Annual Conference, the event takes place in a convention center and several hotels. For the 2010 Annual Conference, the exhibits, keynote speakers, and meetings and programs will be held at the Walter...
Global Reach
MEXICO 1 Helen Ladron de Guevara Cox, advisor for the New Public Library of the State of Jalisco in Guadalajara and president of the Public Library Section of the Asociacion Mexicana de Bibliotecarios, was named Librarian of the Year at the Guadalajara...
Gold in the Stacks
It's best-books-of-the-year time, but I have a problem. Many of my favorite titles of 2009--Dara Horn's All Other Days, Michael Malone's The Four Corners of the Sky, Mark Frost's Game Six, and Wil Haygood's Sweet Thunder, for example--have already...
Hotel Map & Information
KEY: AT=complimentary airport transportation; BC=business center; CAT=complimentary airport transfer; CB=continental breakfast included; F=fitness center; FB=full breakfast included; H=handicapped accessible rooms; HB=hot breakfast; HS=high speed internet...
How the World Sees Us
"I see the web and everything it stands for as being an immense improvement over our old arrangements. It's absurd to sit around sentimentalizing about the decline of the book in the face of the kind of knowledge that the web now gives us, and the...
How to Thrive by Design in Tough Times: A Low-Cost Library Makeover Can Turn Newbie Visitors into Hardcore Patrons
First the bad news: The local economy is down, half of your branches close early three days a week, and staff hours have been cut by 20%. Now the good news: Circulation and gate count have skyrocketed and people who haven't been inside a public...
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984: Save Time, Effort, and Shelf Space
A rich record of artistic, cultural, and social movements, critical response and backlash, as well as historical impact, Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 is a versatile resource no center of learning should be without....
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981: The Only Answer for All Legal Questions
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 indexes over 770 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal...
Info the Woods: Notes on InfoCamp
As anyone who knows me well will testify, I am not by inclination the outdoorsy type. I mean, it's fine for those who like that sort of thing, but I've always maintained that civilization is here for a reason, and I see no reason to go back to a time...
Inspiration, Seattle-Style: Spotlighting Creative Library Management Practices
What makes a library inspiring to its users? The key component is the relationship it builds with the people it serves. Seattle Public Library is a showcase for this attribute. In 2008, just in time to face what has become a global financial crisis,...
It's the Content, Stupid: Librarian Must Help Overcome Resistance to Research Published Online
Libraries and librarians have an important stake in the development of online scholarship. Many benefits will come from the growth of digital monographs and journals as well as the development of scholarly websites, online archives, blogs, wikis, and...
Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983: One-Stop Access to Nearly Eight Decades of Library Literature
Now librarians, educators, and students can have easier access to the knowledge and experience of decades of innovators in librarianship, with retrospective content of Library Literature in a convenient Wilson Web database. Nearly 80 years of citations...
New Colorado Facility Becomes First Carbon-Positive Library
Thanks to solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a gift of carbon-offset credits, Rangeview Library District's new Anythink Brighton, Colorado, branch is believed to be the first carbon-positive library in the United States. The...
Newsmaker: Wesley Adamczyk
In 1940, author Wesley Adamczyk was deported at age 7 from his native Poland to Siberia with his family. He was among more than a million Poles who were exiled, imprisoned, or enslaved at hard labor. His father was murdered by the Soviets in the Katyn...
New York City Welcomes America's Favorite Librarians
New York City welcomed the 10 winners of the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. At least the timing made it look that way, and some 750,000 extra people in the streets made it seem as...
Powerful and Easy-to-Use Biography Index Retrospective: 1946-1983
"Biography Reference Bank is the mother lode for biographies because it draws from every article about any individual from any of the WilsonWeb databases--biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews,...
Readers' Guide[R] Retrospective: 1890-1982: The Only Database of Its Kind
"Invaluable to historical and cultural research." --Library & Information Science Research "Valuable ... for public, academic, and special libraries ... highly recommended." --Choice "Exceeds ... in terms of search options, accuracy...
Resolutions and Rollouts
Coping with change--especially shrinking budgets and growing demands--is the focus of several pieces in American Libraries this month, and just the act of reading them has inspired me to approach 2010 with new resolve. All of us who work for the advancement...
Revised Google Books Settlement Tackles Foreign Titles, Orphans
Concerned parties have until January 28 to file objections and amicus briefs to a revised version of a proposed settlement of lawsuits challenging Google's Book Search project. The amended settlement was filed by Google, the Authors Guild, and the...
Ringing out for Literacy: A Bellwether Program Celebrates New Readers
Pigtails flying, 5-year-old Olivia dashes around the children's department of Pulaski County Public Library's main library in Somerset, Kentucky. She runs first to her mother, Sonya Wilds, then to Children's Librarian Carol Sexton, and finally to a...
Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983
First stop for locating more than 150,000 short stories! "Highly recommended to libraries of all types." --American Reference Books Annual, on Short Story Index Revitalize your investment in serials and anthologies For the reader seeking...
Some of My Favorite Reads: How's a YA Literature Professor to Choose?
What's your favorite book? If you're like me, that's a tough question. There's the one that captures the mood you're in, the one that pulls you out of the mood you've been in, the one with those charming turns of phrase, the one with the cunning plot...
State Associations Join Call for End to Patriot Act's Library Provision
As the December 31 deadline for reauthorization of three provisions of the USA Patriot Act approached, 34 state library associations had passed resolutions calling for Congress to allow Section 215, which permits the Justice Department to conduct searches...
That's News to Me: Sometimes, Freedom of Speech Can Go Too Far
Maybe I should quit writing this column and start a blog. How about "Crazy Melvil" as a nom de plume? Think of the advantages I'd gain from an intellectual freedom standpoint. I wouldn't have to adhere to standards of accuracy, etiquette, or even...
The Association's Associations: ACRL
MAKING A GOOD RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT These are challenging economic times. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is more committed than ever to providing you a strong return on your investment. Here are just a few ways ACRL is...
The Faces of Circulation: Staff Attitudes Can Slight Their Centrality to Library Operations
What is the recipe for creating a circulation worker? You add three or four able-bodied individuals, one tablespoon of a circulation study guide, bake for about one month of trial-by-fire on-the-desk experience, and you have what is called the circulation...
The Year in Review
1 RECESSION SANCTUARY The silver lining in the clouds that overshadowed much of 2009 was that despite libraries' paring down their budgets, cutting hours, and even closing doors indefinitely, people nationwide turned to their libraries as they embraced...
Tough Times and Eight Ways to Deal with Them
Many public libraries--in Colorado, the United States, and even worldwide--are facing significant financial troubles. We are part of a larger economic system, and this is a dip in the cycle. Such dips are inevitable over the course of one's career....
Travel Information
GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION Experient is ALA's official hotel and registration company. As an ALA Attendee or Exhibitor, you are eligible for special hotel rate discounts. Please be advised that registration cannot be made over the phone and that...
Welcome to New England: Former Vice President A1 Gore, Authors, Advocacy, and Youth Media Awards Highlight Boston Conference Agenda
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), described as the largest exhibition center in the northeast United States, will be the hub for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 15--19. The headquarters hotel is the Westin Waterfront. The Sheraton...