American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 7, July-August

Anatomy of a Book Boycott
Beginning in the 1950s and continuing until 1994, the Republic of South Africa was subjected to various international sanctions and boycotts designed to express disapproval of its apartheid policies and to pressure the government into changing them....
Balancing Technology with Professional Values
There was a time when I had no problem staying abreast of developments in our profession, but that is no longer true. Now as I struggle to keep up with the flow of Internet traffic, often spending an hour or two working my way through the latest batch...
Conference Draws Record Crowd
Like the 200 runners and walkers who raced along the Chicago lakefront during the Fun Run, a record crowd of almost 25,000 librarians, trustees, exhibitors, and other ALAers picked their pace for the Association's 114th Annual Conference, June 24--28,...
Don't Stick Your Neck out, Librarian
Alibrarian shouldn't stick his or her neck out. No, I'm not talking about taking risks. You can do all of that you want. I'm referring to your neck, your cervical spine, the thing that connects your skull to your torso, and perhaps more importantly,...
Free Library of Philly Loses $1.45 Million in Scam
The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) Foundation has found itself in the unfortunate good company of hundreds of creditors stung by the May 15 bankruptcy of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy. When it collapsed, New Era had $1.45 million in privately...
Hard Times: Encyclopedia Publishing in the 1990's
After losing more than $20 million over the last several years, Encyclopaedia Britannica announced this spring that it is looking for an infusion of cash from an outside investor or buyer. North American sales of its encyclopedia have plummeted from...
House Slashes Funds for Depository Library Program
In a move to totally transform the way the American public obtains government information, the House of Representatives voted June 22 to slash in half the appropriation that funds the Depository Library Program--from $32 million to $16 million. H.R....
Librarians Overwhelmed at Booksellers' Convention
Librarians attending the American Booksellers Association convention June 3-5 got something of a preview of the ALA Annual Conference that would soon be held at the same venue, Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. They--along with thousands of...
Librarians Seize 'Golden Opportunity' at CLA Conference
A sunny and amiable Calgary, Alberta, welcomed some 1,200 delegates to the 50th annual Canadian Library Association conference, June 14--18. Many of the sessions at the conference--dubbed "Your Golden Opportunity"--offered information specialists the...
Library Education: Setting or Rising Sun?
It has become commonplace in library circles to bemoan the current state of library education. We have all watched with dismay as library school programs have been cut back or eliminated. Even elite library schools have not been spared, as demonstrated...
Library Schools Adapt to Maintain Viability
Developments at four universities illustrate the challenges to survival that face library schools across the country. While their strategies and adaptations vary, programs at the University of California/Berkeley, Queens College of the City University...
The Enduring Charm of Children's Books
An unpublished Kate Greenaway manuscript, an edition of Aesop's Fables published in 1530, a first edition of Jean de Brunhoff's Historie de Babar: Le Petit Elephant, correspondence between Don Freeman and his editor May Massee, and Marcia Brown's early...
The Real Cause of Reference Burnout
I'm on my way to speak at the Connecticut Library Association conference and the guy sitting next to me on the airplane asks me what I do for a living. "I'm a librarian," I say. "That must be a nice job," he replies with a big smile. "You probably get...
This Is Not Going to Be Easy
ROBERT WEDGEWORTH: "The third thing I would like to point out is that I don't understand the expected impact of this program.... The problem seems to be with the Executive Board and the Council, but I don't see anything in this document that changes...