American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 7, August

ALA Breaks Attendance Records despite Marriott Boycott
LIBRARIANS FLOCK TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE ASSOCIATION'S 120TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE The American Library Association's return to one of its favorite cities, for the 120th ALA Annual Conference, held June 14-20 in San Francisco, broke attendance records...
Allegations Prompt Probe of Detroit PL Finances
The Detroit Public Library has hired an outside firm to examine its finances amid allegations of the mishandling of an estimated $4.2 million in grants, endowments, and gifts to the library. Library Director Maurice Wheeler told American Libraries...
Asian-American Librarians Hold First National Conference
Opening the first National Conference on Asian Pacific American Librarians, held June 13-15 in San Francisco before the ALA Annual Conference, Planning Committee Co-chair Ling Hwey Jeng remarked on the obstacles facing the event's organizers. "People...
Books Still Rule at BookExpo
Henny-Penny became a metaphor at BookExpo America 2001 for the publishing industry's foolhardy fear of e-books. That's how Ebrary CEO Christopher Warnock, of all people, interpreted the tale at "The Role of Library Services in a Digital Library World,"...
Discussions Center on Electronic Communication, Public Impact
The ALA Executive Board began the first of its three meetings at Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 15, 18, and 20, with a discussion of how the Association's policies and procedures can he adapted to keep up with the members' ability to participate...
Editorial
Leonard Kniffel For Some Things, Paper Is Better I've got a bet going with Ken Dowlin. I ran into the San Jose State University professor on the way to the Moscone Center during ALA's Annual Conference. We started chatting about the future of...
Finger-Puppet Power
Several years ago, I sat on a four-person selection panel for a city that was hiring a new library director. There were three candidates. One was the assistant director of the library, one was the children's librarian, and one was a director from another...
For Jorge Luis Borges, Paradise Was Not a Garden but a Library
IN THIS MASTER'S WORK, WORDS ARE THE FALLACIOUS CATALOG OF REALITY Scenes from his childhood: A garden filled with statuary, bougainvillea, eucalyptus, forking paths; a library with towering isles/aisles of books, a labyrinthine structure that a...
Freedman to Focus on Filtering, Diversity, and Librarians' Salaries
ALA's new vice president/president-elect, Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, will focus on three key issues during his presidential term that begins July 2002 (AL, June/July, p. 10): fighting externally imposed filtering, increasing diversity in libraries...
Gay-Pride Exhibit Recalled, Reinstalled at Anchorage PL
An exhibit on gay pride ordered removed by Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor George Wuerch was restored by library staff at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library July 11, one day before the deadline imposed by a preliminary injunction requiring its reinstallation....
Houston PL Months Away from Being Dried Out
One branch of the Houston Public Library will be closed for another three months to allow for replacement of flooring and shelves damaged by Tropical Storm Allison, which dumped nearly three feet of water on the city June 8-10, caused billions of dollars...
Internet-Regulation Bills Abound, Rebound for Libraries
The same legislative year that saw the passage--and immediate challenge--of the Children's Internet Protection Act (see p. 12) also saw a virtual armada of pro-filtering legislation set sail at the state level. However, lawmakers for the most part...
Justice Department Defends CIPA
The U.S. Justice Department filed a brief in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia June 8 defending the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act. The document is a response to lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia by...
Libraries Launch 24/7 E-Reference Service
Libraries entered a new world of service in June when two consortia started offering round-the-clock online reference service. Ohio's Clevnet was first out of the gate June 11 when it launched Know It Now, believed to be the nation's first 24-hour,...
Lights! Camera! Action!
My first real library-based interest in Webcasting began because we tape our staff meetings and share the tapes with staff who can't attend. "Wouldn't it be nice," I thought, "if we could put those recordings on our intranet so staff could play them...
Literacy on the High Seas: Cruise-Ship Libraries Flourish
A COMPANY FINDS A NICHE ON THE BOUNDING MAIN--AND FILLS IT There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away," Emily Dickinson wrote, but many modern cruise ships take us lands away--and bring book-filled libraries along on board. Until about...
Lobbying for Libraries: The ALA/Chapter Merry-Go-Round
THE ALA CHAPTER RELATIONS Committee meeting on Monday, June 18, in San Francisco was a microcosm of the year-round merry-go-round of ALA and its chapters. The alliance between national and state-level associations is one of mutual interests and separate...
Marriott Boycott Sparks Debate; Preservation, Privatization Get Action
Although discussion of the Marriott Hotel boycott took up more than half of ALA Council's four-hour final meeting at Annual Conference, the debate over whether the Association should require a boycott clause in its hotel contracts ended in referral....
MP3 Audiobooks: A New Library Medium?
THE NEXT GENERATION OF PLAYERS IS JUST A BOOKMARK AWAY By now, you've probably heard of MP3, the revolutionary audio format that, according to some commentators, will wipe out audio CDs and put the big record companies out of business. MP3-related...
Mr. Jefferson, the First Amendment, Libraries, and Our Values
A number of you attended the Inaugural Banquet in San Francisco and heard me in "A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson," who was portrayed in period costume by Chicago actor Paul Slade Smith. There are at least three things one must discuss in talking...
Obituaries
Fleming Bennett, 90, librarian emeritus at the University of Florida/Gainesville, died May 3 after a brief illness. He had been the university's associate director of libraries. Louise Woodruff Dean, former reference librarian at Davis Public Library...
People
Currents Amira Aaron has been promoted to vice president of library services at Faxon Library Services from RoweCom in Westwood, Massachusetts. * May 7 Jeremy E. Adamson began as chief of the Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division....
Plant Library Torched at U. Washington
The University of Washington's Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library is closed indefinitely in the wake of a late-night May 21 fire at UW's Center for Urban Horticulture, which houses the library. "One of the most difficult moments of the week...
Polished Stone with Soul
Four Public Libraries in China INSTANT INFORMATION-SHARING FOR 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE--AND THE REST OF THE WORLD As China--home of some 1.4 billion people, almost one-fourth of the world's population--moves cautiously forward in areas such as trade...
Reader Forum
Second to One An article in your May issue (p. 28) celebrates the opening of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Gittings Collection, which is identified as the nation's second dedicated gay and lesbian collection after the Hormel Collection, established...
Tasini Wins in Court; Librarians Feel the Heat
News librarians were scrambling to identify freelancers' work in their electronic archives in the wake of the U. S. Supreme Court's 7-2 decision that newspapers and magazines infringed the copyrights of freelance contributors by making their published...
The Association's Associations: LAMA: A New Era Begins
The Library Administration and Management Association is embarking on a new era of identifying, encouraging, and nurturing tomorrow's leaders. LAMA recognizes the constant technological, economic, political, and cultural changes faced by those in the...
The Color of Leadership: Spectrum Institute 2001
ALA's Spectrum Initiative, launched in 1997, has become widely recognized as an effective means of fostering the development of a more diverse workforce in U.S. libraries. Starting in 1998, about 50 people of color have received scholarships each year,...
This Month, 74 Years Ago
IN AUGUST 1927, representatives of library associations from a number of European countries were preparing to attend the Library Association of the United Kingdom's 50th Annual Conference, scheduled for late September in Edinburg. Several members were...
University Goes Back to Basics to Reach Minority Students
THE SECRET IS TO START BY UNDERSTANDING A GIVEN GROUP'S NEEDS AND INTERESTS A University of Arizona freshman from Korea said it all during a library-sponsored focus-group session: "I normally do not come into the library." Few of his friends did,...
Vast REACHES Connecting in the Canadian North
THE GATES FOUNDATION EXPERIMENTS WITH "VIRTUAL LIBRARIES" IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES From the air, you can watch the network of highways and fields dissipate as your plane moves north from state to province. At first, central Canada looks much...
What's Cooking at the ALA Exhibits
Conference-goers strolling through the two exhibit-hall caverns of the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco could sample a smorgasbord of both new and traditional information technology being offered at the 2001 ALA Annual Conference. The...