American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 9, October

American Library Association: Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits 2007
what's included with your full registration? ALA PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM Sunday, January 21, 2007, 3:30-5:30 pm Moving Toward Excellence: Transforming Your Library, Transforming Your Community Join ALA President Leslie Burger and an exciting...
Board Moves to Privatize Tennessee Library
The Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) Library board stunned the Madison County Commission September 6 when it announced its decision to enter library management contract negotiations with the Maryland-based, privately owned firm Library Systems and Services,...
Contracts and Agreements
The Contracts and Agreements section of the "Technically Speaking" column goes back a long way--back to a time before the U.S. market was saturated with automation, when many libraries were automating for the first time or upgrading from a circulation-only...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Gordon N. Baker was promoted to director of libraries at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, July 1. * SOLINET of Atlanta has named Brenda S. Banks as manager for the Academic Library Recovery Project. * Marvelene Beach, chief of collections...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
ALA COURSES Oct. 2-30: YALSA online courses: "New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens," "Pain in the Brain: Adolescent Development and Library Behavior," and "OutReaching Teens." 800-545-2433 ext. 4390; yalsa@ala.org; www.ala.org/yalsa/. ...
D.C. Residents Protest Branch-Upgrade Delays
Washington residents rallied August 11 and September 7 to protest delays in reopening the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library and the Anacostia Public Library. The libraries are two of the four branches of the District of Columbia Public Library...
Dispatches from the Field: The Promise of Web 2.0
Some see Web 2.0 as hype and hyperbole. Others can see beyond the buzzword to a set of ever-evolving tools that can benefit online citizens. With these tools, conversations can play out across blogs, wikis, or at sites such as Flickr via comments or...
EPA Library Closings Continue despite Protests
Touting it as part of a plan to put more information online, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been closing its regional libraries in spite of protests by federal employees. The Chicago library shut its doors August 28, and the Dallas and...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM Liverpool's Central Library became the first to install exercise equipment as part of a healthy living campaign. Squat machines and shoulder presses were installed August 3 in the second-floor computer area as a pilot project for...
Grassroots Report: A Fine Madness
I've long depended on the kindness of circulation clerks. Audiobooks are a staple of my commutes, and "reading" titles such as Reading Lolita in Tehran (18 hours of listening time), Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (nearly 36 hours altogether),...
IMLS Gets Feedback on NCLIS Consolidation
The Institute of Museum and Library Services released a summary September 13 of comments on its July draft plan to consolidate the policy functions of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and the public and state library...
Internet Librarian: Voices and Ears
People ask where I get column ideas. I've previously acknowledged the contributions of game shows, sports, everybody I ever knew in my entire life, wandering around aimlessly at ALA conferences, and so on. I'm modestly chagrined to realize many of...
It's like Pulling Weeds: Guidelines for Getting Your Stacks Back in Shape
Dearest Reference Staff: I believe that our guide-lines for weeding ought to reflect actual library usage, needs, and societal trends, and have therefore updated our guidelines, taking into account the following factors: 1) Shelf space, or lack thereof....
Koreans Invigorate IFLA in Seoul: International Conference Draws over 3,000
Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society" commenced August 20 in Seoul. The five-day annual World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) took on new...
Lackluster Fundraising Looms over San Diego Library
California officials are threatening to renege on a $20-million grant to help build a new main library in San Diego due to almost two years of stalled fundraising efforts by the San Diego Public Library Foundation. If the state backs out, observers...
Library Rescues Important Village Documents
In August and early September, severe flooding took a toll on private and public property in many communities along the swollen Rio Grande, from west Texas to southern New Mexico. Among the hardest hit was the village of Hatch, New Mexico, the green...
My First Rock Show ... Was at a Library
A boisterous group of teens, children, parents, and supporters rocked out August 26 at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Michigan, with indie band The High Strung, the last stop on the group's 56-date Library Tour 2006 that reprised and extended...
Obituaries
Barbara L. Beebe, electronic services librarian at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina, died July 7. Beebe was a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association, and chair of the...
Of Robots, Reading, and Offensive Cartoons
By 2010, every home in Korea will be enjoying the services of an internet-connected robot that will do everything from vacuum the carpets to play with the children, said Chin Dae-je at IFLA's World Library and Information Congress in Seoul, August...
On My Mind: Online Teaching Is Real Teaching
"Don't tell me. You're from outer space." "No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space." Dr. Gillian Taylor and Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek IV I was born in the Bronx, and I still live there, but I work in cyberspace. I teach in the Professional...
Quick Bibs: I Love This Place!
The expression "sense of place" is one of those critical catchphrases that seem to defy clear understanding (like mise en scene). Whenever the landscape in a work of fiction--say, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles--makes a strong impression on a reader...
Straight Answers from Edward Vielmetti
He may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Edward Vielmetti--the man known in the library blogosphere as Superpatron--is proving to be quite capable of leapfrogging all the barriers to making online library services indispensable...
Survival Uncertain for Minneapolis Branches
Several branches of the Minneapolis Public Library are facing potential closure as the library board of trustees evaluates its 2007 budget and three-year plan. Among the libraries facing termination is the Southeast Community Library, which avoided...
Technically Speaking: The Library Business
A few months ago, I finally started a blog. Hectic Pace (blogs.ala.org/pace.php) is a (usually) weekly blog about "the library business in the business of libraries" and an online companion to this column. While this might smack of self-promotion,...
The Race for Readers: A Public Library and an Academic Library Team Up to Entice College Students to Read Books
The National Endowment for the Arts 2004 report Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America paints a dire picture of the decline in literary reading--the reading of fiction, poetry, and plays. According to the report, if the current rate...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"Members of the OCLC Online Computer Library Center's Editorial Policy Committee, which oversees the Dewey Decimal System library classification system, were no closer Monday to assigning a definitive call number to the recently published Jim Belushi...
Transforming Cataloging
I am the first to admit that I know little to nothing about cataloging. As a library director, I do all that I can to support my cataloging staff--those individuals who are responsible for performing the kinds of magical things they do to help people...
Up on the Roof-With Poets: An Academic Librarian Unleashes Her Muse to Lure Local Literati to the Library
"Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right."--Wallace Stevens As academic libraries struggle with the necessity of marketing the library as both a virtual and real place, it is more important than ever that librarians...
Will's World: The Technology That Drives Us All
In 5,000 years, when archeologists unearth our civilization, they will discover a quick and easy dating system for American houses. If the garage foundation is the width of one car, the house was built before 1965. If it's two car widths, it was built...
Working Knowledge: Manage Your Boss-Please!
Several years ago, I surprised members of my staff with a book on the topic of "managing your boss." My employees passed the book around like a steamy novel, and employees from other departments snuck a read, too. Before long, communication improved,...