American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 7, August

ALA Council: Council Looks Ahead to 2010 with New Strategic Plan
ALA Council approved the Association's Ahead to 2010 strategic plan at the second of its three Annual Conference sessions, held June 26, 28, and 29 in Chicago. The plan (CD#31), which will steer ALA for the next half-decade, received input over the...
ALA Executive Board: Board Gives Kudos for a Record-Breaking Conference
At its Annual Conference sessions, held June 24, 27, and 29 in Chicago, the ALA Executive Board gave Conference Services Director Deidre Ross kudos for this year's record-breaking gathering. Asked whether the rise in attendance might be a sign of an...
ALA Served as Training Ground
Susan Roman, the new dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois, said "everything I learned at ALA is applicable" to her new position. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I don't think I could...
Are Your Students Prepared? Build an A+ College-Prep Collection by Following This Checklist
At Morris County (N.J.) Library, we found the best way to help our college-bound patrons was to create a unique space containing everything they need. How much did it cost? Just a few concentrated hours of staff time. We already owned the materials,...
BookExpo America: Publishing Industry Show Draws 2,200 Librarians
For better or worse, libraries and books are still fused in the public mind, and 2,242 librarians in search of new and forthcoming titles--as well as publisher freebies--found it for the better at BookExpo America at the Javits Center in New York City,...
Bound to the Word: Guardians of Truth and Knowledge, Librarians Must Be Thanked for Their Role as Champions of Privacy, Literacy, Independent Thinking, and, Most of All, Reading
If you open up scripture, the Gospel according to John, it starts: "In the beginning was the Word." Although this has a very particular meaning in Scripture, more broadly what it speaks to is the critical importance of language, of writing, of reading,...
Building Tomorrow's Libraries Today
Building tomorrow's libraries today will be the focus of ALA's new Vice President/President-elect Leslie Burger when she assumes her presidential duties in July 2006 (AL, June/July, p. 6). In a June 17 American Libraries interview, Burger, director...
Canadian Library Association Annual Conference: Soggy Calgary Fails to Dampen Spirits
Calgary, Alberta, hosted the 60th annual conference of the Canadian Library Association June 15-18. Torrential rain, flooding, and the declaration of a state of emergency didn't dampen the warm Calgary hospitality or the spirits of the 1,000 attendees....
Congress Advances Patriot Act Reauthorization
With President Bush calling to have a bill to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act on his desk ready for signing September 11, Congress quickly began considering a smorgasbord of proposals this summer on some of the most controversial provisions set to...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
The University of Maryland Libraries in College Park has appointed Joanne Archer project archivist. * Raymond Arnett is the new director of the Fremont (Mich.) Area District Library. * Margret G. Baca has joined the Santa Fe (N. Mex.) Public Library...
Documents to the People: Musings on the Past and Future of Government Information
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. --Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince The government documents depository...
Gay Pride Exhibit Leads to Countywide Ban
A library school student's display of gay-themed young adult books in a public library branch for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in June has sparked a controversy that resulted in an official ban on promoting gay pride events in Hillsborough County, Florida....
Google Print vs. Onsite Collections: Don't Send Your Paper Copies off to Remote Storage Just Yet
When the topic of Google Print came up at a recent meeting, one librarian made an interesting comment. His supervisor, he said, looked forward to having 15 million electronic books so he could send to remote storage every paper copy with an online...
Grassroots Report: Library Students Making a Difference
Connecting the classroom with the practice of librarianship is often a concern in library and information science education. When students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science developed a...
How Does a Collection Get Developed?
A panel discussion at BookExpo America in June (see p. 35) made my understanding of "collection development" start to seem like a quaint relic of yesteryear. A simple concept it was: Librarians had an essential role to play in evaluating the quality...
IMLS Funds $21 Million in Recruitment Programs
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the awarding of 38 grants totaling nearly $21.1 million June 28 as part of its Librarians for the 21st Century program. The grants will fund recruitment programs by libraries, universities, and...
Inappropriate-Materials Resolutions Fail
Lawmakers in Louisiana defeated May 24 a nonbinding resolution that called for public libraries to make access adults-only for "age-inappropriate materials that are publicly cataloged." The Committee on Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs voted...
Internet Librarian: Eleven Minutes
I'd love to tell you all the fascinating things I heard at Microsoft this spring. I was invited to join a group of about 30 experts in various aspects of the search world to spend a couple of days interacting with the MSN Search team. It was quite...
LAMA Nurtures Tomorrow's Leaders
The Library Administration and Management Association is not just for library directors anymore. Among ALA's 11 divisions, LAMA boasts the most diverse membership--public, academic, and special librarians; architects, consultants, and vendors; students;...
Libraries, Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century
When Andrew Carnegie set out to expand America's public library system, reading and writing were the basic literacy needs. The libraries he supported were built to help educate and prepare a generation of people, mostly new immigrants, to be productive...
Mission to Uzbekistan
Following independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbek librarians have been working to turn what were essentially repositories of government information for official use only into true public libraries. Although citizens of his country aspire...
MLA Annual Meeting: Medical Librarians Focus on Cultural Transformation
Futuro Magnifico! Celebrating Our Diversity" was the rallying cry for some 2,400 health-information librarians who convened May 14-19 in San Antonio for the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Among the many programs and...
Multnomah Library Losses Due to Inactive Security Gates
The Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library is in the midst of a security review after officials determined that 18,786 items--0.8% of its collection of 2.4 million items--had been reported missing in the first half of 2005. The library has also reported...
Niagara Falls Public Library Faces Closure
Following the defeat of a public referendum that would have allowed it to survive a million-dollar cut the city made to its budget last year, the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Public Library and its LaSalle branch could close their doors for good unless a solution...
Obituaries
Arleen Arndt, 67, librarian at Adrian (Mich.) College for 40 years, died May 28. Cliff Becker, 40, friend of libraries and director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts since 1999, died of a heart attack May 17. * Emma Cohen, retired...
On My Mind: Academia's Two-Culture Dilemma
In January I organized a panel for the Association of Library and Information Science Education annual conference in Boston (AL, Mar., p. 24-25) to discuss why there were not more youth-services specialists in the LIS Ph.D. pipeline to educate the...
Public Libraries Struggle to Meet Internet Demand: New Study Shows Libraries Need Support to Sustain Online Services
Nearly every U.S. public library offers free access to computers and the internet, but overall libraries are challenged to provide enough workstations to meet demand, pay for ongoing online connectivity costs, and plan for necessary upgrades to the...
Publishers Question Google Print Library Project
Citing copyright concerns, the Association of American Publishers has asked Google to suspend for six months its project to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries--including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of...
Quick Vids: Reality 101
Hulloooo!? Did you miss me? During the past semester, I temporarily left both my Quick Vids gig and a big chunk of my day job in order to teach the Introduction to Documentary class in the Film Studies Program here at UC Berkeley. Sixty intellectually...
Sculpture for Georgia Library Has City Council Flustered
Although the Muscogee County (Ga.) Library Board had agreed on purchasing a metal sculpture for the new Columbus Public Library last October, it wasn't until a photo of the 35-foot, free-standing abstraction appeared in the May 27 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer...
SLA Annual Conference: Information Professionals Intent on Impact
The idea of 5,200 librarians descending on Toronto brings many an image to the active mind: serious faces and tight buns (the hairstyle, that is), sensible shoes and a whole lot of shushing, for starters." With this predictably uninformed sentence,...
States See Boost in Library Funding
Despite economic woes, libraries in several states received good news in this year's round of budget battles. The budget signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell July 7 includes $61.3 million in state aid to libraries--a 6% increase over last year....
Steamy Chicago Conference Breaks ALA Record: Tackling the Big Issues-From Patriotism to Privacy-27,900 Attendees Made the Windy City ALA's Most Popular Venue Ever
Ever since we've had to worry about our own government looking over our shoulders in the library, you've been there to stand up and speak out on privacy issues," Barack Obama told librarians at the opening session of the American Library Association's...
Technically Speaking: Me Too!
Maybe it's because the show was in ALA's hometown of Chicago. Maybe it was the heat outside driving people indoors. Maybe it was the record attendance of 27,962 that filled the ALA Annual Conference exhibit hall also known as The Stacks with excitement...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"My mother once told me that I was lucky because I loved to read. My real luck was having parents who shared the love of reading and who introduced me to the wonder of books ... the day my father took me to the public library." From "Support Your Local...
Utah Bookstores, ISPs Challenge Antiporn Law
A group of 14 Utah bookstores, internet service providers, and free-speech groups filed a challenge June 9 in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City to the state's new antiporn statute. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Freedom to Read...
Why Library Education Matters
Libraries and librarians face a number of challenges. Who is going to replace all of the librarians who will retire in the next 10 years? Will they even be replaced? How can we ensure that our profession becomes more diverse and "looks like America"?...
Will's World: Don't Judge Patrons by Appearances
Throughout the country there has been an interesting debate raging about the privatization of Social Security. It's been a fascinating dialogue because at the heart of it is the concept of trust. Those who advocate privatization feel that American...
Working Knowledge: Safeguarding against Employee Fraud
Q I am a newly elected trustee for a small public library. Recent national news stories concerning library employee theft and embezzlement have me very concerned. I trust our library staff, but these reports raise some questions. For instance, what...