American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 11, December

Does Organizational Networking Have a Future in a Competitive Environment?
Organizational networking is an integral part of the infrastructure that supports modern library and information services. But what is the future of organizational networking in today's rapidly changing environment? The 1990s are characterized by an...
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How to Save Libraries and the World at the Same Time
For a couple of years I've sat on the sidelines and watched librarians throw bricks at each other over the issue of how active the American Library Association should be when it comes to fighting war, racism, and homophobia, not to mention hunger,...
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Post Office Says Libraries Will Be "Citizen Kiosk" Sites
"We have been planning to work with libraries all along, from day one, to include them in our pilot testing," U.S. Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders told AL. But the service's Oct. 20 announcement that it will test a new electronic "Citizen Kiosk"...
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The Gift of Poetry
Poetry, literature's first manifestation, is, against all economic odds, flourishing in America. Poetry readings take place in bookstores, bars, libraries, theaters, and art galleries, while new books of poems reach the eager hands, eyes, and minds...
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The Missing Dragon, or Stumbling through the Internet
"Have you seen the dragon on the Internet?" asked my wife. I remember that question very well, because the kind I usually get when I come home from work is "Guess what the dog did to the carpet." As a university systems librarian, I spend a part...
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Writers at Work: How Libraries Shape the Muse
Last year, Shelby Foote revisited his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The 77-year-old novelist and historian--who garnered more than his 15 minutes of fame for his contribution to the celebrated recent PBS television series...
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