American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, March

ALA Executive Board: Diversity Plan Rises to Top of Funding Priorities
Determining spending priorities for the Fund for America's Libraries was among the goals of the ALA Executive Board during its three Midwinter Meeting sessions in San Antonio, Jan. 19-25. And fostering a climate conducive to cultural diversity in the...
April Is the Coolest Month
In April, National Poetry Month will be celebrated for the first time. This in itself is an indication that we are living through a virtual poetry Renaissance in our culture. Not since the Beats has there been such a broad-based revival of interest in...
A Shiny Clean Midwinter Machine
Perhaps it was finally being united in pursuit of a collective purpose, ALA Goal 2000. Perhaps it was having a common threat to rally against in the face of attacks on ALA's intellectual-freedom principles from conservative groups espousing so-called...
Following the Rules
About this time of year, I used to devote a Quick Bibs column to the season's new baseball books. it was decided, however, that I was writing too much about bats and balls. After all, the argument went, American Libraries' readers weren't big baseball...
Grabbing Grants Via the Internet
When I put out an online call for information about grants and the internet, Theodore Allan of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Libraries responded, "About two years ago I found a notice about NTIA [the National Telecommunications Infrastructure...
Metamorphosis of a National Treasure
We are at a crucial--perhaps historic--moment in the creation of a new, universally accessible storehouse of knowledge that will revitalize education nationwide. The Library of Congress's National Digital Library Program (NDLP) is bringing some of the...
Preserving the Struggles and Triumphs of Women
In the late 1960s, that turbulent period when the Civil Rights movement, the counterculture, and the antiwar movement were in full stride and the women's and gay liberation movements began emerging, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, sizzled...
PR Nightmares Beset Wayne County PL
Controversy has come to Wayne County (Ohio) Public Library (WCPL), a system that prides itself on strong public support and healthy working relations with its board. But a slew of local newspaper headlines and outraged patron calls have changed all that,...
Telecom Act Draws Mixed Reviews from Librarians; ALA Files Challenge
After months of congressional deliberation, a landmark telecommunications bill that promises sweeping changes for telephone and cable TV services was signed by President Clinton early last month. Although the legislation calls for discounted telecommunications...
The Variegated Views of a Publishing & Parliamentary Pundit
AN EDITOR, EDUCATOR, AND LONGTIME ALA COUNCILOR COMMENTS ON HIS YEARS WITH SCARECROW PRESS AND ON THE STATE OF LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING "Norman Horrocks, councilor-at-large," he would unfailingly aspirate into the microphone in his dulcet British...
U.S. Presidential Candidates Snub Offer to Speak out on Library Issues
During the past two U.S. presidential races, American Libraries has published the candidates' responses to a number of library-related questions. In 1988, four candidates participated (two Republicans, two Democrats) (AL, Feb. 1988, p. 106-107), while...
Wheat-Paste Librarians and the Jesse Shera Band
Several years ago I was riding in a car with a friend who told me that an essay of his was soon to be published in a library periodical. He was quite proud of the piece, but was dismayed that another acquaintance had reacted so coolly to his big news....
Who Has the Best Janitor in Libraryland?
Last week I received this letter from the director of a medium-sized public library in the Midwest: Dear Will, Several years ago you asked the readers of American Libraries to challenge you with library problems that a cataloger might classify under...