American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, February

Anatomy of a Community Relations Success
A BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBIT RAISES AWARENESS AND GARNERS RESPECT FOR A SAVVY LIBRARY "Okay, now what do we do?" asked Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library. It was mid-July 2000 and Buthod had just informed his staff that...
Capital Bond Fails after Library Bars Leafleting
In one of the biggest special-election turnouts ever in Delmar, New York, voters on December 19 trounced plans for an $8.5-million expansion and renovation of the Bethlehem Public Library, 3,357 to 1,005. The defeat came a month after the library board...
Chapter Report: California's Millennium Conference
GETTING READY FOR THE millennium takes time. Organizers of the California Library Association (CLA) Millennium Conference started working on the idea 15 years ago. And though there were times in between when it looked like it might not come off, November...
Chicago Mayor Daley, Commissioner Dempsey Share Faith in Urban Libraries
Libraries bring dollars into an urban community and enhance its quality of life. With that assumption as their guidepost, some 200 library directors, mayors, trustees, and other advocates gathered at the Chicago Public Library December 8-9 for an Urban...
Chicago PL Staffer Sues over Cybersmut
A staffer has filed a sexual discrimination charge against the Chicago Public Library, alleging that her ongoing exposure to Internet pornography viewed on computers by patrons has subjected her to "a sexually offensive/hostile work environment," and...
Congress Mandates Internet Filters
A new federal law requiring libraries and schools that receive federal funding for Internet access to install filtering software is expected to meet a legal challenge. The measure (AL, Sept. 2000, p. 14) was a rider to the Labor--Health and Human...
Cuba's National Library
THE REVOLUTION MEETS THE MILLENNIUM The Cuban climate is the enemy of paper," said National Library Director Eliades Acosta in December 2000, at the close of a 10-year project to install air conditioning and humidity controls throughout the stacks...
Currents
The new science librarian at California State University/San Marcos is Sharon L. Berglund. * In a program designed to put Lake Oswego, Oregon, department heads in new positions for a year and give their managers an opportunity to develop their leadership...
First Lady, First Librarian
AS LAURA BUSH MAKES THE TRANSITION FROM AUSTIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE TEACHER-LIBRARIAN SAYS SHE'LL TAKE HER PROFESSIONAL DEDICATION TO WASHINGTON The professions of recent American First Ladies have included attorney (Hillary Clinton), actress...
Global Reach
IRELAND The National Library of Ireland in Dublin purchased an autographed manuscript of the Circe chapter of James Joyce's 1922 novel Ulysses for $1.5 million at Christie's auction house in New York December 13. The 27 pages, which diverge from...
"It's Not Rocket Science"
I have basically worked in the same office in our library since the building opened 11 years ago. My office opens out into a kind of patio/deck area that is used for board and staff functions. The floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the deck...
Join ALA's Campaign for America's Libraries
Americans love their libraries. More than 81% used libraries last year. In the most recent election, citizens voted over-whelmingly to support bond issues to build and improve libraries, particularly neighborhood branches, and 95% of public libraries...
Looking for Mr. Goodstandard
The quote of the month (right) alludes to the fact that some giant companies have been able to control de facto standards in a few software markets; Adobe and Microsoft come to mind through their domination of PDF and Windows respectively. For the...
MIT Library Plan Raises Concerns
Faculty members in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's humanities school in Cambridge are objecting to a recommendation made last summer by a Boston architectural firm on how to consolidate and better organize the MIT libraries. Among other...
On a Red-Carpet Roll
HOW TO DEAL WITH VISITING DIGNITARIES AND THEIR ENTOURAGES, INCLUDING SNIFFING DOGS When librarians meet informally, discussion sometimes turns to routine tasks "they didn't teach us in library school"--my own list has included upset citizens, unclaimed...
On My Mind
It's Not Real Until It's Printed Even though I sometimes felt like an FBI agent going deep cover among the Branch Davidians, I attended last November's Internet Librarian 2000 Conference in Monterey, California, under my real name. No, I'm not a...
Reader Forum
A Day with Gwendolyn Brooks On Sunday, April 9, 1989, at the beginning of National Library Week, Gwendolyn Brooks came to the public library in Hammond, Indiana, which adjoins Chicago's South Side, where she lived. The reading would be a wonderful...
Revisiting the Olden Days
Last June I passed the five-year mark for writing the Internet Librarian column. Given the centuries in Internet time since the column first debuted--for example, Netscape was only seven months old, and Internet Explorer but a gleam in Uncle Bill's...
Sighted
Librarian Gets to Vote Twice, B'gosh Joan Kaeding, reference librarian at the Oshkosh (Wis.) Public Library, got to vote twice in last fall's election. She voted for Al Gore both times. Kaeding cast her first vote November 8 as a regular citizen...
Staff Reviews Plan to Fix SFPL Main Branch
A year after a consultant's report identified $28 million in problems besetting the four-year-old San Francisco Public Library main branch, staff members have weighed in, saying $5.3 million is needed to start priority repairs. Primarily focused on...
Teacher Leaves $6.8 Million to Boston PL
A retired public school teacher and guidance counselor who spent his days studying the stock market at the Boston Public Library left his entire $6.8-million estate to the library's Kirstein Business Branch. The bequest, announced December 7 by Mayor...
The Association's Associations: ACRL: Members, Members, Members
The Association of College and Research Libraries has had a year of reflection and planning as its member leaders worked diligently to identify a set of core values for the organization and develop a set of strategic directions for the future. In reviewing...
The Road to Coolness: Youth Rock the Public Library
IT TAKES TEENS-- ON STAFF--TO CLOSE THE COOLNESS GAP AND MAKE LIBRARIES FRESH A year has passed since the Urban Libraries Council's youth-services initiative challenged public libraries to get cool ("The Coolness Factor: Ten Libraries Listen to...
This Month, 90 Years Ago
IN FEBRUARY 1911, LIBRARIANS across the country were still debating John Cotton Dana's decision a year earlier to use a billboard to advertise the services of his Newark (N.J.) Public Library. Some liked it; others hated what they thought was vulgar...
Thus Said
"What a vapid job title our culture gives to those honorable laborers the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians variously called Learned Men of the Magic Library, Scribes of the Double House of Life, Mistresses of the House of Books, or Ordainers of the...
What Can We Expect from a Bush Presidency?
Leonard Kniffel A librarian is now the First Lady of the United States, but any delight I'm inclined to feel over Laura Bush in the White House is counteracted by the suspicion that her presence in Washington and her probable partiality to literacy...