American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 9, October

A Globetrotter Librarian Discusses Her Role in a Changing World
"LIBRARIANSHIP IS THE PERFECT MEDIUM FOR ME," SAYS MARIANNA TAX CHOLDIN Marianna Tax Choldin has been the director of the C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign for...
Atlanta-Fulton Library Hit with Bias Suit
Eight librarians at the Atlanta- Fulton County Library filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in federal district court August 11 against 13 members of the library board and Director Mary Kaye Hooker. The suit alleges that the eight plaintiffs--seven...
Attack of the E-Mail Tourists
As tourists fill the streets for the vacation season, challenges appear for rural public libraries. Such challenges can be as simple as keeping a few maps in the ready-reference section for inquiring navigators, yet others require a balancing act between...
Bacteria Scare Closes Detroit PL Main Branch
The Detroit Public Library main branch was closed for nine days in August and September after illness causing bacteria were found in water left behind in the basement after flooding in late July. On July 29, following heavy rains in the area, a...
Building Advocates for 21 St-Century Libraries
Just a decade ago, libraries faced serious cuts and closings throughout the country. In response, ALA galvanized librarians and library users to join forces to launch a major advocacy campaign to halt budget cuts (AL, Sept. 1991, p. 731-732). Today,...
Chapter Report: Oh, Say Can You See ... UCITA?
Forget all the jargon about shrink-wrap and click-on contracts that make your eyes glaze over. If you haven't seen UCITA (Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act) on your chapter's legislative agenda for next year, call the legislative chair...
Denver PL Plans African-American Library
The Denver Public Library is gathering materials for a new African-American Research Library that will spotlight the legacy of blacks in Colorado and the western United States. Terry Nelson, one of two senior librarians heading the project, tentatively...
Dr. Laura Strikes Again
Within a week of the September 11 debut of the syndicated Dr. Laura TV talk show, advice-guru Dr. Laura Schlessinger carried her year-old crusade against ALA and public libraries' age-neutral policies (AL, June/July 1999, p. 9-10, 56) to daytime television....
Dr. Metadata, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Z39.50
HOW A LIBRARY-BASED STANDARD FOR NETWORKED IN FORMATION RETRIEVAL IS CHANGING THE WORLD My partner, Adam Dickmeiss, and I founded Index Data in Copenhagen. Denmark, in 1994 with the lofty (and in retrospect perhaps unrealistic) goal of developing...
EBSCO's Evolution
Remember when EBSCO was just a periodical subscription service? The time before the firm began offering periodical A&I services and access to full-text articles now seems like ancient history. In the past year EBSCO has moved in new strategic directions:...
Global Librarianship. Global Apathy
It's highly likely that this issue of American Libraries, with its theme of "World Culture, World Librarianship," will be met with indifference by a sizable segment of the magazine's readership. Our periodic reader surveys have consistently indicated...
Global Reach
CANADA Galleria mall merchants applauded the London (Ont.) Public Library board's decision to include a second-floor entrance in its plan for the new main library, to be built in a former store at the mall. The added entrance will cost about $70,000...
IFLA to Bring the World to Boston in 2001
Have you ever wanted to go to an international library conference? Well, your chance is coming. For the first time in 16 years, the United States will soon have the honor of hosting the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions...
Is the Library Profession Over-Organized?
A HISTORICAL REVIEW AND STATUS REPORT ON PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS About 11 years ago I wrote an article titled "A Call for Professional Reform" that appeared in the June 1989 issue of the Wilson Library Bulletin. In it, I declared that...
Jerusalem Conference Boycott Divides IFLA
An almost total boycott by its Islamic members split the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions into two camps during the organization's 66th general conference, August 13-18 in Jerusalem. Although organizers said the attendance...
Librarians' Salaries Up 4.3%, Reflecting National Mean
Since 1982, ALA has collected and published data in the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries on salaries paid to librarians in academic and public libraries. The Association does this because people often ask ALA what librarians are paid in a particular...
LinQing the World to Queens-And Queens to the World
A LIBRARY TURNS TO TECHNOLOGY TO SERVE ITS POLYGLOT community In 1996, Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library celebrated its centennial by ushering in a new age of information delivery for its patrons: Internet access was installed in all 63 library...
More E-Book Thoughts
After I read "Should Libraries Jump on the E-Book Bandwagon?" (Aug., p. 61-65), I got to thinking about how little I read these days. I listen instead. I listen in the car, at the YMCA, in my office, at home. I listen to audiobooks. What's more, I...
My Secret Life as an Ontologist
It is no small irony that the widespread acceptance of the Internet has produced a resurgence of interest in the construction of thesauri and other types of knowledge classification. While concern over the organization of information previously rested...
New Libraries Yes, Millage No
Two library referenda placed before Arkansans August 15 in Benton County and Fayetteville triggered landslide votes--one overwhelmingly approving funds to build a new Fayetteville Public Library, and the other decisively nixing a one-mill tax hike...
OITP Offers Tutorial on UCITA Issues
A free e-mail tutorial open to everyone on the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is being offered November 6-20 as part of OITP's Copyright Education Program. The tutorial, titled UCITA: A Critical Primer, will be delivered via...
People
Currents Dana Abbey is the new manager of the Burnham Hoyt Room, the downtown lending library at the Denver Public Library. * William Anderson has joined the database management unit of the Olin Library of Washington University in St. Louis....
Public Library Circ Down 1% Again as Spending Continues to Rise
ADULT CIRCULATION ROSE 3%, WHILE JUVENILE CIRCULATION DIPPED 5% In 1999, the Index of American Public Library Circulation was 114, a 1% decrease from the 1998 circulation index of 115 (AL, Sept. 1999, p. 69-70). The index of expenditures rose 5%,...
Recycling Gifts for Christmas
It's October, which means it's time to start planning for Christmas. I don't, particularly like Christmas. In fact, I don't like Christmas at all. As is the case with most of the things that I don't like, my views were shaped at an early age. I...
Savannah Board Finally Fires Director Dickerson
After months of conflict, the Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library board finally fired Library Director Lon Dickerson August 15. The 7-to-6 vote came after a new board member who sided with the anti-Dickerson members was appointed to replace...
Sites in Plain Sight
I would like to comment on "A Librarian's Right to Comfort" by Hillary Theyer (June/July, p. 60). I disagree on several points. 1. Her comment, "I cannot deny library users access to a resource even if it makes me very personally uncomfortable,"...
Stark County Strike Ends; Most Get 4% Increases
Striking members of the Service Employees International Union voted 89-3 August 26 to approve a three-year contract with the Stark County Library Board, ending the first strike that the Canton, Ohio, library has had in 14 years of unionization (AL,...
Technically Speaking, a Shrinking Planet
Last month marked the fourth full year I have been writing the Technically Speaking column in American Libraries. These four years have seen the continued rise of the World Wide Web and, with it, the beginning of a fundamental transformation of the...
That Old Devil ALA!
Excess Access is a video produced and sold by the American Family Association, whose Web site, at www.afa.net, betrays this organization's preoccupation with mandatory (Christian) school prayer, "converting" homosexuals, preventing the display of Glamour...
The Association's Associations: PLA-What's in It for You?
Membership in the Public Library Association has benefits: a subscription to Public Libraries magazine, discounts on continuing education and PLA publications, unlimited opportunities for networking and committee involvement, professional recognition...
This Election, Offer Voters Facts, Not Campaign Rhetoric
PROJECT VOTE SMART PROVIDES A FREE ANTIDOTE TO CAMPAIGN SNIPE AND HYPE Attack ads on TV. Manipulative opinion polls. Endless analysis of campaign strategies. Election season sound and fury, signifying very little--in other words, politics as usual....
This Month, 103 Years Ago
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS STAFF busily prepared their brand new building for a public opening. Much of their excitement was generated by a conviction that finally--nearly a century after President John Adams had signed legislation on April 24, 1800, appropriating...
Thus Said
"[Libraries are] the neglected stepchild in the fight to improve education. In today's information age, libraries should be having a renaissance, not struggling to survive." U.S. Sen. CHARLES E. SCHUMER (D-N.Y.), quoted in an editorial in the White...
Trends, Pressures, and Realities in the Library Systems Marketplace
COMPETITION AMONG VENDORS IS INTENSE, AND LIBRARIANS AND PATRONS STAND TO WIN Globalization is affecting more and more types of human activity. People routinely vacation on the other side of the world. Infectious diseases, once rare outside their...
Trustees Nix Ban on Unattended Minors
The board of the Bedford Park (Ill.) Library District responded September 11 to a year's worth of pressure from a group of disgruntled parents by scrapping a year-old policy that barred visitors under 16 after 3 p.m. unless they are cardholders, students...
UC/Berkeley. Cuba to Share Materials
The University of California/Berkeley Library and the Jose Marti National Library of Cuba are on the verge of signing a historic agreement to exchange materials, allowing scholars greater access to literature and art restricted under a 40-year-old...