American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, April

ALA-Led Coalition Challenges Communications Decency Act
ALA filed suit Feb. 26 against the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Janet Reno, challenging the Communications Decency Act (CDA), a provision of the Telecommunications Act that President Clinton signed into law Feb 8 (AL, Mar., p. 8)....
A Triumph of Community Support: San Francisco's New Main Library
HOW FISCAL ADVERSITY IN THE LIBRARY BY THE BAY EMPOWERED USERS TO DEFINE THEIR BIBLIO-DREAMS When the San Francisco Main Library was declared filled to capacity in 1944, the magnificent edifice that was to take its place was not even a dream. But thanks...
Come on, Get Happy!
The Censors Had Their Moment. . . It's been a long, cold winter: snowstorms, floods, train wrecks, and then the Telecommunications Act. When we weren't shoveling three feet of new snow or practicing our disaster-preparedness skills, we were scratching...
Coping with Challenges
Libraries are often challenged by individuals and groups concerned about the availability of a wide variety of library materials to everyone. Addressing these challenges requires a balance of carefully crafted library policy, an understanding of intellectual...
Country Noir
It sounds like an oxymoron: noir, after all, whether in print or on film, is considered a quintessentially urban style, utilizing rainy city streets and neon lights to generate visual images of postwar nihilism. And yet, our late--twentieth-century sense...
Danbury Public Library Arson Fire Unites City for Recovery
The act, arson. The damage, devastating. The cost, millions. The culprit, unknown. This is the painful aftermath of a two-alarm fire that gutted the Danbury (Conn.) Public Library Feb. 27, closing it for at least four months. Replacement cost of lost...
Facilities: Both New Constructions and Renovations
From Hockessin, Delaware, to Abbotsford, British Columbia, libraries have marked 1995 as a signal year for exciting new spaces and imaginatively restored or adapted old ones. This showcase spotlights 14 building projects including the new Denver Public...
Look Up and Look out - Librarians Are Not Alone; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Makes a $15-Million Investment in Human Resources for Information Systems Management
The library community is focused with grave intensity on the challenges of the Information Age. ALA has found much-needed direction in Goal 2000, with its strategies for ensuring the public's right to a free and open information society. Library education...
Making It Happen: A Small Town Builds Its Own Library
"Budget crunch forces drastic cutbacks in library services." "Library trustees battle for municipal tax dollars." "Federal and state support for public libraries at all-time low." "Universities drop MLS programs." How many times in recent years have...
My House Is Full of People
THROUGH HER WORK AND A PROGRAM CALLED "READ ABOUT ME," A RENOWNED AUTHORS GIVES BACK WHAT SHE GAINED FROM A VERY SPECIAL LIBRARY I write to preserve memory. I write what should not be forgotten. I suppose all writ s share this purpose. We want to keep...
READ Posters with an Edge
Last month I received my friendly computerized invitation to renew my membership to ALA. Each year for the past 25 years I have received this notice. Some years I get out the checkbook and renew; other years I think of five or six better uses of my money...
Shelving Knowledge during the Government Shutdown
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that a nation cannot be both ignorant and free, yet that's how it felt here in Washington last November. With the closure of the federal government--and with it, the District of Columbia government--residents were without...
Special Report: A View from the Summit
In an effort to push libraries to the center of a national debate that has frequently left them on the periphery, ALA hosted a six-hour communications forum Feb. 20 at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences in Rancho Mirage, California. Invited were...
What to Read When Building a Library (or, Is That a Mastodon in the Choir Loft?)
Architects are frequently asked about the philosophy and evolution of their designs. The genealogies of ideas, of course, are as diverse as the ideas themselves, and are often highly personal. But architects love this question: We can not only maunder...