American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 7, August

ALA Council: Setting Speed Records in the Big Easy
ALA Council dispatched its agenda with unprecedented efficiency at its three sessions, held June 25, 27, and 28. Council I finished slightly ahead of its scheduled adjournment time, but Council II ended an hour and 20 minutes ahead of schedule, and...
ALA Executive Board: Marking a Memorable Meeting
ALA President-elect Leslie Burger voiced the feeling of many when she proclaimed, "This has been the most memorable ALA conference I've ever been at" during the ALA Executive Board's Annual Conference sessions, held June 23, 26, and 28 in New Orleans....
Book Lovers' Show Offers Peek into Publishing: BookExpo America
At 9 o'clock on Friday morning, May 19, the doors to the exhibit hall in the convention center in Washington, D.C., opened to 31,971 registrants, and the three-day frenzy known as BookExpo America began, wilder than a day-after-Thanksgiving department...
Building Bridges through Consensus: Four Mississippi River Towns Embark on a Shared-Service Mission Thanks to the Skilled Navigation of Their Library Directors
Public libraries across the country are facing mounting pressure from governing authorities to regionalize, downsize, and become more cost-efficient. Staying ahead of the curve, the four directors of the public libraries serving Scott County, Iowa,...
California Libraries Regroup after Voters Reject Construction Measure
California libraries planning construction and renovation projects are struggling to regroup following the failure of Proposition 81. The measure, which would have allowed the state to borrow $600 million in bonds for public library construction to...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
After 33 years in public and academic libraries, Joseph J. Accardi has retired as dean of the Resources for Learning Division of Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. * Recently, Be Astengo was promoted to adult services manager for Alachua County...
Dallas Welcomes All for Many Voices, One Event
If your library-service community includes people whose cultures and ethnic backgrounds include American Indians, Asian/Pacific Americans, African Americans, Chinese Americans, or Latinos or others who are Spanish-speaking, then your organization should...
Fired Director Sues Paris Library Board
Following a contentious annual membership meeting attended by some 130 members of the American Library in Paris June 20, Library Director Shirley Lambert revealed that she is filing suit against the board of directors for unemployment compensation...
Global Reach
CANADA The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation became on July 17 the first tribal reserve in Manitoba to open a public library branch. The branch, located in the Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre at Nelson House, is partnering with the Thompson Public...
Gov. Bush Vetoes Florida Library Grants
As part of an unprecedented $448.7-million line-item veto of state funding, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush slashed a total of $5.8 million in grants to public libraries, pilot projects for library homework help and web-based high-school texts, and funding for...
Grassroots Report: My Library Getaway
Warm weather has brought flowers and foliage to my garden, and me to my computer. Writing, rather than vacation travel, dominates my summer. Visions of far away places lurk between writing and weeding, and libraries foster my virtual mini-vacations....
Gwinnett County Board Fires Director
Many months of differences of opinion between the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library trustees and Library Director Jo Ann Pinder culminated June 12 at a tumultuous meeting where the board voted 3-1 to terminate Pinder, who has run the library since...
Health Explosion Heats Up in Phoenix: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
If you wanted to learn how medical librarians swim with sharks or soar with eagles, then Arizona was the place to be May 19-24. That's when 2,317 health care professionals--slightly higher attendance than last year's meeting in San Antonio--converged...
House Holds Hearings on Social-Networking Websites
The House of Representatives held hearings July 11 on whether schools and libraries should be made ineligible for e-rate funding unless they bar minors from access to social-networking websites like MySpace and Facebook. Testimony before the House...
Internet Librarian: At Arm's Length
OK, I'm going to brag. Not about myself, but about Lorri Mon, a recent graduate from our doctoral program who is the University of Washington's gift to the LIS research and teaching community as she takes up a faculty position this fall at Florida...
Jim Neal on the RLG/OCLC Merger
On July 1, after an approval vote of more than two-thirds of its organizational members, the Mountain View, California-based Research Libraries Group officially integrated its products and services with the OCLC Online Computer Library Center in Dublin,...
"John Does" Allowed to Speak
Nearly one year after receiving a National Security Letter (NSL) from the FBI demanding computer records from one of their member libraries (AL, May, p. 16), four librarians on the executive board of the Library Connection--a nonprofit consortium of...
Joy of Books Stay, Donor Departs
Nampa, Idaho, business owner Larry Knapp has announced that he will withhold a $10,000 donation he had considered making toward a new library facility to protest the Nampa Public Library board's decision to retain The Joy of Sex and The Joy of Gay...
LAMA Cultivates Library Leaders
The Library Administration and Management Association remains the foremost association for aspiring and experienced library leaders from all types of libraries. LAMA's popularity and continued growth are due in large part to a diverse membership that...
Libraries in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina; Are We Better Prepared for Future Emergencies?
Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest storms in the last 100 years, and the costliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States. Katrina and the other storms of 2005 caused widespread damage along the Gulf Coast. Libraries and cultural...
Libraries Transform Communities
Someone recently told me that "transformation" is really just a fancy word for change. Perhaps that's true, but to me it is really a more powerful way to convey the "Libraries Transform Communities" theme of my presidential year. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Net Neutrality Loses Two Rounds in Congress
The House of Representatives passed legislation June 8 that would allow telephone companies to offer competitive, bundled packages of telecommunications services in new markets, but it rejected an amendment to ensure equal access to online content...
New ALA President Loriene Roy to Focus on Literacy, Education, Wellness
The feeling is one of honor and responsibility," said Loriene Roy, ALA's first American Indian president, who will take over as head of the Association at the end of the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (AL, June/July, p. 6). Professor...
New Jersey Director Blasted for Requiring Subpoenas
Michele Reutty, director of Hasbrouck Heights Public Library and president-elect of the New Jersey Library Association, faces discipline from the library's board of trustees over her requiring police to obtain subpoenas before giving them patron records...
New Orleans Gathering Sends Message of Hope and Renewal: Nearly 17,000 Librarians Turn out for Programs, Speakers, and Work Detail, Making a Difference in the Beleaguered Big Easy
You are pioneers, and you are sending a signal to the world that says New Orleans is okay," Mayor C. Ray Nagin told librarians at the opening session of the American Library Association's June 22-28 Annual Conference in the Big Easy, the largest convention...
New Orleans: Ready, but Never the Same
It was almost like watching a ballet, the carefully choreographed presentation of the meals at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet in New Orleans during the ALA Annual Conference. Many conferees had arrived still a little nervous about whether or not the...
Northeastern Flooding Takes Toll on Archives, Libraries
River cities in the northeastern part of the United States took a multimillion-dollar hit in late June and early July from heavy rains that caused flooding damage to libraries in at least six states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives...
Obituaries
Robert J. Adelsperger, 80, a life member of ALA who served at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library for 41 years, died May 19. Adelsperger began work at the library when it opened in 1965, organizing the rare-books collection, and through his...
On My Mind: Hands off MySpace
The managers of the public library where I work are not going to be pleased that I have published this article; however, they would never dream of censoring me. We're all good librarians here. We nod sagely when GraceAnne DeCandido argues that if "librarianship...
Special Librarians Embrace Transformation in Baltimore: SLA Annual Conference
Information Is Power. Is Your Company in the Dark?" asked ads that appeared on downtown Baltimore buses in mid-June, just in time for the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, held June 11-14. SLA sponsored the mobile billboards to communicate...
Straight Answers from George Christian and Peter Chase
Connecticut librarians George Christian and Peter Chase are two of the four "John Doe" plaintiffs in the Doe v. Gonzales case (see p. 8) that challenged the constitutionality of the nondisclosure provisions of National Security Letters (NSLs) issued...
Sunny Celebration in Ottawa: Canadian Library Association Annual Conference
In contrast to the flooding during last year's meeting in Calgary CAL, Aug. 2005, p. 34), warm, sunny weather greeted the 61st annual conference of the Canadian Library Association in Ottawa, the nation's picturesque capital, June 14-17. Not that all...
Technically Speaking: A Sharper Focus in New Orleans
I don't think I've ever felt more welcomed at an ALA conference than I did in New Orleans. It's also amazing what a little perspective can do. There was less complaining among the almost 17,000 in attendance than at most ALA Annuals about the heat...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"There is no point, it is useless, reading has and always will be something for only a minority. We aren't going to demand that everybody have a passion for reading." 1998 Nobel laureate in literature JOSE SARAMAGO, criticizing Portugal's new program...
Websites You Can Trust
Whether you are a CEO, student, or parent, you need to know which websites you can trust and which are junk. Most people already know that it's easy to make a worthless site look professional. So how do you distinguish the real gold from the fool's...
Will's World: Who'd Want Service without a Smile?
A few months ago, I decided to change my schedule for an upcoming flight. After spending more than 30 minutes on the phone vainly trying to steer my way through a complex labyrinth of automated options and commands, I finally tried to navigate back...
Working Knowledge: Still Happy after All These Years
In a previous column, I invited lifelong librarians who are still satisfied with their jobs and careers to let me know (AL, May, p. 62). From the responses I received, it is evident there are many long-term librarians who still enjoy their work. They...