American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 6, June

Abandoned in a Field: Librarians Save a Rare Bible
When Brone Snitkiene, a conservator at the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania in the capital city of Vilnius, first saw the famous book she was to restore, she cried. It was a filthy, sodden lump of rotting paper. The binding was beyond...
At Senate Hearing, Librarians Seek Their Place on the Information Highway
An overflow crowd attended a hearing on "Libraries and Their Role in the Information Infrastructure" held by the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and the Humanities Apr. 19. Timed to coincide with National Library Week and Legislative Day, the...
Elizabeth Martinez Chosen ALA Executive Director
Los Angeles City Librarian Elizabeth Martinez will become executive director of the American Library Association on Aug. 15. She will succeed Peggy Sullivan, who has served in the post since June 1992. ALA President Hardy R. Franklin announced the...
Fabulousness on the U.S. Riviera
Take a walk along Miami Beach's Ocean Drive, and you'll think you're on the U.S. Riviera. Wait a minute, did that girl have an iguana on her shoulder? Only seven miles long and one mile wide, Miami Beach, especially the southernmost point of...
For a Walk on the Wild Side, Try the Clubs of South Beach
Miami's South Beach has deservedly earned M a reputation for being the universal club mecca. Washington Avenue and Ocean Drive, once the haunts of sandal-clad tourists and retirees, now pulsate from dusk to dawn with a crowd that is hipper than hip....
Life's a Beach and Then You Die
The year's big library controversy has been over whether or not the American Library Association should hold its 1994 Annual Conference in Miami Beach. The critics say that Miami is too far from most of the libraries in America, that it is hotter than...
Literary Florida
"It is about water. It was about water in the beginning, it will be in the end. The ocean mothered us all. Water and darkness awaiting light.... Dawn emerges from Africa, strikes light between worlds, over misting mountains of Haiti, beyond the Great...
Telescopic Philanthropy: How Much Social Responsibility Is Too Much?
This view of ALA and social issues and the opposing view on the following pages were independently written. While they are not direct responses to one another, they typify the responses to ALA Council resolutions and Executive Board actions that have...
The Clear Imperative for Involvement: Librarians Must Address Social Issues
Division over ALA's involvement in social and political issues is deep, and the language of debates over these issues has been sharp. The flash points are familiar: sanctions against apartheid in South Africa, the Israeli censorship resolution, boycotts...
Young Adults Read Year 'Round in Reading
Getting young adults to keep reading after they graduate from children's summer reading programs can be as difficult as scraping gum off the bottom of a shoe. But librarians in a Massachusetts town called, ironically enough, Reading (well, okay, it's...