American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 9, October

1997-1998 Worst Serials Title Changes of the Year
The ALCTS Serial Section's Worst Serials Title Change of the Year Award Committee announced the winners of this year's tongue-in-cheek awards at Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Here are the 1997-1998 designees: The 1997-1998 Worst Serial Title...
Burst Water Main Deluges Boston Public Library
The worst water damage to the Boston Public Library in 120 years occurred shortly after midnight August 16 when an 1895-vintage water main ruptured and sent tens of thousands of gallons gushing through the basements of the two main library buildings....
Chapter Report: The Many Faces of Certification
When ALA's Chapter Relations Office asked chapters recently about their role in certification issues, it got more questions than answers. What was meant by certification? Does this cover school librarians or librarians generally? Voluntary or mandatory?...
Children's Reading Giant Mildred Batchelder Dies at 96
Influential, indefatigable advocate for children's reading and books for young adults Mildred Batchelder died August 25 at the age of 96. She was a resident of the Swedish Retirement Association home in Evanston, Illinois. Batchelder joined the American...
Core Values: Our Common Ground
COLLEGIAL CONVERSATION AND DISCERNMENTS FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LEAD AND THOSE WHO WOULD FOLLOW Individuals, professions, and social organizations all tend to revert to direct statements of values or to the stories that embody them in times of rapid change....
Errett McDiarmid Saw the Big Picture
"Our work rarely brings headlines, and other professions may be said to possess more glamour. For downright importance and significance, however, what goes on in every library across the country is pretty fundamental to the improvement of our society;...
Facing the Shortage of Children's Librarians: Updating the Challenge
TO CREATE A NATION OF BOTH READERS AND TRAINED YOUTH LIBRARIANS TO SERVE THEM WILL DEMAND WORK & REEVALUATION Looking back is not my style. I believe in celebrating the present and anticipating the future. Still, when asked to update an article...
Free Expression Takes Center Stage at IFLA in Amsterdam
When the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its 64th General Conference in Amsterdam August 16-21, those delegates newly charged with the daunting task of dealing with the censorship and repression that faces...
How I Got a Life
THE BEST WAY TO AVOID CAREER BURNOUT MAY BE TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES - OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY Unless you are profession-hopping, chances are that by the time you hit the "middle years," you'll experience some serious burnout. Even if you change jobs...
Learning without Walls
TRAINING PROFESSIONALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY BY MODEM AND MONITOR The state of Texas made library history this September when it launched the first cooperative offering of an ALA-accredited master's in library science degree. The University of North...
Loan Rangers: New ILL Method Supplies the Goods
This summer a post about interlibrary loan on NYLINE, the Internet discussion list for New York State librarians, caught my eye. The Ramapo Catskills Library System (RCLS), a public library consortium, reported that in July 1998 it had successfully exchanged...
Looking Ahead: 20 in Their 20s
With 40 or more working years ahead of them, librarians in their 20s will carry the profession through most of the first half of the next century. Around the country, they are already making an impact on their colleagues and communities. But who are...
Looking Back: 30 Years Later
AUTHOR ELOISE McQUOWN AND THE RUTGERS CLASS OF '68 REFLECT ON HOW THEY GOT WHERE THEY ARE NOW Flashback to 1968: The Vietnam War is raging. Riots break out on college campuses across the country. Faculty and student strikes close down Columbia University...
Never Trust Anyone Who's Playing a Leadership Role
The 20 young librarians profiled in the cover story of this issue of American Libraries (see p. 38) did not call us; we called them. That difference made hearing their views and learning about their aspirations all the more pleasurable. When we decided...
Open Letter from the ALA President
TO: Keith Cottam, president, Wyoming Library Association Dear Keith, Greetings from Alaska to Wyoming! After the ALA Annual Conference this past summer, 1 spent some time at our cabin in Tenakee Springs, Alaska, a town of 100 accessible only by ferry...
Public Library Circulation Increases as Spending Increases
CONTINUING A THREE-YEAR UPSWING, THE LATEST CIRC STATS SHOW A 5% INCREASE In 1997, the Index of American Public Library Circulation was 116, a 5% increase from the 1996 circulation index of 110. The index of expenditures rose 7% from 138 in 1996 to...
Reforming Library Education: A Student's Proposal
As a current library school student who also works full-time in a library, I believe that the MLS does not, for the most part, address the demands of the work environment. If we want to produce truly prepared librarians, we can take one of two paths:...
Russ Emele Trusted His Instincts
Russ Emele died in August 1997, but I did not find out until October. He should have told me. He was probably doing what he always claimed he did whenever he got an order he didn't like. "I play the army game," Russ would say. Then he would explain:...
The Lionization of Libraryland
LIBRARIES STAR IN A NEW PBS SERIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN THE LIONS Ready or not, America's libraries are about to get their closeup - on a new children's television show slated to air in late 1999 that makes library visits a metaphor for a journey...
Transition into Management Develops Library Leaders
AN INNOVATIVE SEMINAR OPENS THE DOOR FOR NEW LIBRARIANS TO FULFILL THEIR PROFESSIONAL POTENTIAL What makes a leader? Are they individuals born with extraordinary skills or talents? According to Suzanne Lo, manager of the Fairfax Branch of the Marin...
Workplace Terrorism
Not too long ago, I got an anguished letter from a reference librarian who told of the pain she had endured at her library due to her last three supervisors - "two dictators and one diva." According to her, the fallout from these odious bosses was crushing...