American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 10, November

Anchorage Eliminates 22 Library Jobs
Due to what Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Mark Begich says is unprecedented financial pressure predicated by a more than $30 million budget shortfall, the city's library system announced October 1 the elimination of 22 jobs, or about 20% of the library...
Ashcroft Mocks Librarians in Patriot Act Defense
Escalating controversy and heightened rhetoric surrounded the USA Patriot Act this fall, with Attorney General John Ashcroft revealing September 18 that the Justice Department has never used the provision of the law that allows it to seek records from...
A View outside the Mainstream: Boldly Go beyond Popular Home Video to Build an Exciting and Diverse Video Collection
In the past decade or so, library literature concerning video collections and programs has become as perplexingly rare as Betamax players. It seems absolutely incredible that close to 30 years after the introduction of the VHS player, suspicion of...
Clark Atlanta Officials Vote to Close Library School
Clark Atlanta University will close its School of Library and Information Studies--the only accredited library-education program in Georgia--at the end of the 2004-2005 academic year. The CAU board of trustees voted October 17 to end its library-school...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Khafre K. Abif joined the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Public Library in mid-October as manager of the Martin Luther King Jr. branch. * Lydia Acosta began as director of the East Baton Rouge (La.) Parish Library August 18. * Gerald Benoit was recently...
Detroit Eyes User Fees
A succession of massive cuts in state aid over the past two years, coupled with the prospect of state support dwindling to zero in FY 2005, has forced Detroit Public Library officials to consider charging service fees to some 150,000 patrons who live...
FCUK Gets the Shaft
The mother of a 12-year-old Knox County, Tennessee, middle-schooler has convinced some middle- and high-school librarians to pull the October 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine because of a suggestive full-page perfume ad from fashion company French...
Internet Librarian: Collecting the Invisible
I was in my office working on a journal article a while back, and needed a few publications for the literature review. I happily plunked around in a few databases, and found a couple of recent interesting-looking things--even more happily, available...
Library and Information Technology Association National Forum: Tuning in to New Technologies in Norfolk
"We're the ones who are talking about using technology to do new things before anyone else does," explained Planning Chair Debra Shapiro at the opening session of LITA's National Forum in Norfolk, Virginia. Later, she told American Libraries that the...
Making Room for DVD: The Tipping Point: Is the VHS Format Going the Same Route as LPs in Library Collections?
ITEM: Video Business reported in late June 2003 that "for the first time, consumers in a given week have rented more DVD copies than VHS cassettes," according to the Video Software Dealers Association's weekly VidTrac report. "A total of 28.2 million...
National Book Festival: Third Annual Fair Draws Largest Crowd Yet
"A good book is like an unreachable itch: You just can't leave it alone," First Lady Laura Bush said as she officially opened the third annual National Book Festival October 4 at a ceremony in the White House. Nearly 75,000--almost double last year's...
Obituaries
April J. Bohannan, 56, cataloging services librarian at Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library, died August 23 of cancer. Before joining VBPL in 2000, she served as coordinator of library automation and technical services for Fairfax County (Va.) Public...
OCLC Sues Library Hotel for Trademark Infringement
The nonprofit library services organization OCLC has filed a trademark infringement complaint against a New York City hotel that uses the Dewey Decimal Classification to identify its guestrooms and market its accommodations. The Library Hotel, located...
On My Mind: Defining the Non-Virtual Library
In recent years, librarians have been extremely successful at making library resources available to patrons outside the walls of traditional library buildings. Individuals can now remotely access not only research tools but, often, the actual text...
Portals to the Past: St. Mary's University Library Keeps a Door Open to History with a Video Record of Its Peace Symposia
When you think about archives, what do you visualize? Yellowing newspapers? Folders of 18th-century correspondence? Wouldn't history seem more alive if, in addition to old yearbooks and ledgers, students and researchers could actually hear underclassmen...
President Bush Announces 12 NCLIS Nominees
President Bush announced October 1 that he will nominate 12 individuals to be members of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Once they are confirmed by the Senate, they will complete a full 16-member roster. Some NCLIS positions...
Public Library Circulation and Expenditures Increase in 2002
The Index of American Public Library Circulation and Expenditures continued its steady increase in 2002 as circulation rose by 4% while expenditures rose by 6%. The index for circulation rose from 104 in 2001 to 108 in 2002, while the index of expenditures...
Quick Vids: Guilty Pleasures
Those of you who have followed this column and its urbane, 600-word divagations concerning media and life for some time have probably formed an image of its author as a hip, consummately classy kind of guy (at least in my dreams you have). Fact is,...
Reading Is My Passport
Reading is, and always was, my passport to a new world. As a child, I was often ill due to congenital health problems. When I was too sick to play with my friends, reading was my solace and my refuge. Through books, I gained a whole new perspective....
RUSA Offers Practical Reference Tips
One of the hallmarks of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is a focus on the practical. Many of the division's 5,000 members are reference practitioners and they have developed handy guidelines and tools to help their harried colleagues....
Submerged: How a California Library Was Invaded by Rising Groundwater-And Survived
Imagine your library inspiring these headlines: "The Library Blues!" "Plagued by Water!" It happened to us. The opinion editor of the campus newspaper summed up our situation when she complained about students "having to battle lung disease...
Technically Speaking: ISO Backtracks on Royalties for Standards
On September 20, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) council responded to a flurry of criticism by tentatively scuttling a proposal from ISO's Commercial Policy Steering Group (CPSG) to charge royalty fees for the use of some of...
The Crawford Files: Thinking about Complex Media
Why should a public library collect videos when there are all those books? It makes no more sense for a public library to circulate movies on DVD than it does to circulate popular fiction. It makes no more sense to have selected TV series in the collection...
What Are Libraries For?
As a keynote speaker during the Library Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) annual conference, September 22-26, in Rustenburg, a provincial administrator and former freedom fighter asked: "What are libraries for?" After announcing an increase,...
What OCLC Should See
Public relations professionals speak of two realities. There is reality and then there is the perception of reality: Reality: OCLC is suing the Library Hotel in New York City (see p. 15) to protect its trademarked Dewey Decimal Classification--from...
Will's World: Readers Need Weeders
Librarianship has never been viewed as a glamorous way to make a living. Although the profession has its share of capable leaders, there are no real celebrities the likes of infamous attorneys Johnnie Cochran or F. Lee Bailey. Over the years our most...
Women of Mystery: A Filmmaker and a Librarian Team Up to Connect Crime Authors with Social Issues on the Page, on Film, and in the Library
By the time the film Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction had been completed by filmmakers Pamela Beere Briggs and William McDonald, it had inspired the creation of a screening, reading, and discussion program that...
Working Knowledge: There's Gold in That Thar MLS Degree!
Q Since getting my MLS five years ago, I've worked in a fairly traditional library setting. I really enjoy doing in-depth research and would like to find a position that allows me to utilize my degree and research skills. Where do you recommend looking?...