American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 5-6, May-June

Advocates Converge at the Capitol for National Library Legislative Day
Concern over federal and state budget outs to library programs motivated Georgia State Librarian Lamar Veatch to make his 15th annual trip to Washington, D.C., for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). In fact, Veatch asserts, coming to D.C. is...
An Academic Spring?
A successful protest against Elsevier's policies demonstrated that populist rebellions have a place within the information - sharing community. On January 21, distinguished British mathematician Ti mo thy Cowers posted to his blog his rationale...
Are Harvard's Realignment Throes Unique-Or a Cautionary Tale?
Harvard University Library (HUL) is poised to launch a massive reconfiguration of its services in July. New reporting structures usually trigger anxiety i n any work setting, so the mandated realignment of 73 libraries into streamlined reporting structures...
ARL Meets in Chicago
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) met in Chicago May 2-4, for its i6oth Membership Meeting. The group meets twice a year in the spring and fall to review its finances, activities, projects, and priorities, and to allow its committees to convene....
Candidates Sought for 2013 Elections
The ALA Nominating Committee is soliciting candidates to run on the 2013 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large. The deadline for nominations is August 17. The committee will select two candidates...
Cataloging Then, Now, & Tomorrow: Rapid Changes Are Broadening the Role of the "Guardian of the Catalog"
If you think it is hard to explain to nonlibrary users what a librarian does, try explaining the job of a cataloger. Not long ago (when I was still in library school), if someone hac asked me what exactly a cataloger is, my answer would have been,...
Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way: Embedded Librarians Showcase Skills and Resources in Unique Community Partnerships
Libraries are constantly evolving to adapt to the needs and desires of our users. Most of these changes have occurred inside our buildings, from obtaining cutting-edge technology to providing self-service and redesigned spaces. While these changes...
Controversy in Fifty Shades of Grey
"Selection seeks to protect the right of the reader to read; censorship seeks to protect--not the right--but the reader himself from the fancied effects of his reading. ... If we are to gain the esteem we seek for our profession, we must be willing...
Copyright for Librarians and Teachers, in a Nutshell: Who Controls Uses of Your On-the-Job Writing?
You may have wondered, like Lindsey (see cartoon), whether you hold the copyright to work you've put many hours into creating on the job. Who holds the copyright to works created by teachers or librarians? Short answer: In general, when employees create...
Data, Data Everywhere: As the Big Data Beast Fattens, Will Privacy and Ethics Get Gobbled Up?
The Michigan Theater is at 603 East Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Athletes Tom Brady and Cal Ripken have the same body mass index, 27--lower than Dr. Phil's but higher than Abraham Lincoln's. Austria's fertility rate peaked in 1963 and has been falling...
Department of Justice Files Antitrust Suit over Ebooks
Apple and five big publishing houses have allegedly colluded to artificially raise ebook prices, according to antitrust charges filed by the US Department of Justice on April 11. The price increases occurred, the DOJ alleges, because of the introduction...
Ebooks and Users' Rights: New Technology May Prove Inhospitable to Privacy
Librarians defend and protect reader privacy in recognition of the strong connection between the freedom to read and the right to privacy. The right to read freely depends upon the knowledge that what one is reading is not monitored or tracked....
Global Reach
THE WORLD 1 The OpenNet Initiative has been documenting Internet filtering globally since 2003. Since that time, the number of countries found to be engaging in the censorship of online content has increased dramatically. In early 2010, it estimated...
Haiti Rising from the Rubble
Two years after the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, vast numbers of Haitians are still struggling just to return to something resembling normal life. The first thing you see in the capital city of Port-au-Prince is miles and miles...
How the World Sees Us
"The problem is, Google aspires to know everything. Knowledge is control. Give Google the right search terms and almost anything known will soon be on your computer screen. Now much mail is 'Gmail'--living on Google's servers. Google offers online...
Library Is First Major Purdue Entity Named for African American
Purdue University students, staff, and officials gathered on the West Lafayette, Indiana, campus April 27 for the dedication of the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, formerly the Management and Economics Library, located on the...
Make Room for Homeschoolers: Children Educated at Home Can Help Make a Library More Fantastic
Did you know there were an estimated 2 million home-educated child ren in the United States in 2010, according to a report from the National Home Education Research Institute? And that number is increasing by 2%-8% each year. That's almost 4W0 of all...
My Year of RDA: One Cataloger's Journey to Learning Resource Description and Access
I've been a librarian for 30 years and have seen a lot of changes. I've welcomed them as new challenges, even as I've seen many of my older colleagues become very negative. But in the past couple of years, the tables turned when I found myself wishing...
New ADA Rules Take Effect
On March 15. 2012, updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) went into effect. The new standards known as the 2010 ADA Standards--for Accessible Design--focus specifically on creating wayfinding signage for those with visual impairments....
New Library Headlines Rock Hall
The handwritten lyrics of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, LL Cool J, and other musicians are now rocking the world of primary sources. In a face-melting nod to guitar heroes and the seismic midcentury shift in popular culture, the Rock and Roll Hall...
Newsmaker: Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon has had a whirlwind introduction as the new commissioner of Chicago Public Library. He succeeded longtime commissioner Mary Dempsey--who had been at the helm for the past 18 years--and came to Chicago in March from San Francisco Public...
On a Screen near You: Prepare to Actively Participate in the First Virtual Membership Meeting June 6
Two items discussed during the ALA Executive Board Spring Meeting, held April 20-22 at the Association's Chicago head-quarters--the Virtual Membership Meeting and ALA efforts to ensure library ebook lending--illustrate the wide range of issues and...
Parents Protest Digital Library Titles
Materials accessible through a commercially packaged virtual library offered at schools in Hillsborough County, Florida, have drawn criticism from parents because of the titles' alleged graphic content. A pilot program in Hillsborough County Public...
PLA 2012: Powerful Advice, Practical Solutions
Admit it: You snag free books and party at receptions. But who would come to PLA 2012 if there weren't also meaningful programs, new products, great speakers, and networking opportunities? At ALA's Public Library Association (PLA) National Conference...
Spring Libraryland Tour: A Roundup of Some of the Happenings at Library Conferences throughout the Country
Our mission with outside/In has been to take useful ideas from the larger world of trends (outside) to see how they apply to libraries (in). In that vein, we're bringing you a roundup from our spring Libraryland conference tour: Librarians at SXSW...
The Guide on the Side: Incorporating Active Learning into Online Instruction
Many librarians have embraced the use of active learning in their teaching. Moving away from lectures and toward activities that get students using the skills they're learning can lead to more meaningful learning experiences. It's one thing to tell...
The Matter of the Master's: When the Economy Eventually Recovers, Will Value of the MLS Degree Recover with It?
Don't get me wrong, I loved library school and I think programs that comprise a master's degree in library science form the foundation of our profession. But what happens if the MLS degree withers away and dies? Let's suppose that some time in the...
Time Flies: Taking a Look Back, Moving Forward, and Giving Thanks
Looking back. Two years ago, I learned that I had won the ALA election. I felt exhilarated but also somewhat uneasy. Ex-ecutive Director Keith Michael Fiefs told my husband that I was ALA's for the next couple of years. As president-elect, I worked...
Transformations
Transforming sounds like such a magical process. In a glittery whirlwind, Cinderella is transformed from ragcovered servant to bejeweled beauty in a ball gown. Unfortunately, transforming rarely occurs in fairy-tale fashion. It's a process that takes...
Transforming Libraries ... Continued: ALA Leaders Extend Focus on Library Community Engagement
When Maureen Sullivan takes over as ALA president in June, one thing that is certain to continue from Molly Raphael's presidency is the thematic focus on "Transforming Libraries." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Since ALA leaders build on the work of...
Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves: First Andrew Carnegie Book Medals, Revamped ALA Awards Presentation, New Inaugural Brunch Highlight 136th Annual Conference
Attendees say ALA's Annual Conference is the "best gathering for professional development opportunities, exhibits and vendor reps, and networking possibilities that a librarian is likely to find" and "the gold standard in professional development and...
Transforming the Online Library Experience
Last year, more than 12 million people visited the Los Angeles Public Library. With nearly 20,000 programs a year, a collection of more than 6 million books in many languages, electronic databases, and downloadable books, music, and films, the library...
Updates from Apple: Recent Announcements Have Library Implications
In March, Apple announced the latest product in the evolution of what it calls the post - PC computing world, and called it simply "the new iPad.-While almost exactly the same shape, the new iPad is heavier because of a battery with a far larger capacity....