American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 5, May

Aunt Ruth's Trunk: A Futuristic Scenario about the Information Rich-Poor Gap
What does a precocious 14-year-old girl in the year 2010 tell her diary? She talks about "Omnitel," the multimedia interactive communication device--a combination of telephone, television, and computer--that is as ubiquitous then as the TV and telephone...
Confluence in a Revolution: ACRL Conference Looks to the Future
How will libraries support academia during and after the technological revolution? This is a "theme that pervades this conference, it echoes throughout all the sessions," said Susan Martin, president of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries,...
Dogs Sniff for More Bombs after Explosion at Rutgers
Four bomb-sniffing dogs were set loose in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey Apr. 7, following the explosion of a small bomb in the stacks and the discovery of a second planted bomb two days...
Gridlock Reflections
Think hard. What national association has made itself into a major political force that no politician, and I mean no politician, can afford to offend? The American Medical Association? No, their members are always squabbling about managed competition....
Judging Librarianship: Are Library Leaders Trained - or Born?
What constitutes a good librarian? Many column inches in library publications have been devoted over the years to the discussion of whether librarianship is a profession or a craft or an art. Among the issues debated: the academic status of university/college...
Libraries' Voice in the Capitol Needs Resources to Get Louder
As the Republican-led 104th Congress entered the home stretch of its first 100 days in late March, things were even more hectic than usual for the harried heroes who staff ALA's Washington Office. The opening months of Congress, after legislators have...
Novel Love
Novels about love are as varied and splendid as the emotion itself, veering from dewy-eyed romance to wrenching chaos, burning passion to abiding empathy. Love transcends time, place, and culture and bridges the valley between the tragic and the comic,...
Outstanding Reference Sources: The 1995 Selection of Recent Titles
A blockbuster snowfall kicked off ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia Feb. 3--9 but the nine members of the Reference Sources Committee didn't seem to mind the winter weather and met in five sessions throughout the conference to discuss and decide...
U.S. Periodical Price Index for 1995
Publication of the 1995 U. S. Periodical Price Index represents the 35th annual study of this type sponsored by the Library Materials Price Index Committee (LMPIC) of ALA's Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). For the 11th...
U.S. Serial Services Price Index for 1995
This is the 32nd annual survey of U.S. Serial Services, a product of the ALA/ALCTS Library Materials Price Index Committee, working in conjunction with the Faxon Company. The selection of titles surveyed and determination of prices were in accordance...
Virtual Patrons Flock into the Internet Public Library
Ready or not, the Internet Public Library (IPL) has arrived--and so have the patrons. Some three weeks after opening its virtual doors on the World Wide Web Mar. 17, IPL's home page, or introductory screen, had been viewed at least 35,000 times by people...
Where's Your Next ALA Conference? Maybe You'll Find It in Cyberspace
What surprises many an outsider on getting a first look at a group of librarians is how much we like to talk. At any ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting, just ask a cab driver or waitress. Bookish, us? Maybe at times, sure, but get five or six...