American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, February

Addressing the Recruitment and Diversity Crisis. (President's Message)
In 1998, 57% of professional librarians were age 45 or older. Based on U.S. Census data, more than one quarter of all librarians with a master's degree will reach the age of 65 by 2009. A 2000 survey published in Library Journal indicates that 40%...
Afghanistan Connections Investigated, Advocated. (News Fronts)
Two dissimilar library connections to Afghanistan made national news in recent weeks, reflecting the rapid changes occurring in that country. While in early December investigators were trying to figure out how materials from a Kansas City library ended...
A Respite on the Farm: Langston Hughes Library Plays Role as Culture Keeper. (Black History Month)
Nestled on an eastern Tennessee farm once owned by Roots author Alex Haley is the Langston Hughes Library, a private, noncirculating, 5,000-volume reference collection and reading room dedicated in 1999. The library supports the mission of the Children's...
Broadening Our Reach: LIS Education for Undergraduates; New Programs Expand the Mission of Library Education. (Library Education)
Schools of library and information science, long populated only with graduate students, are rapidly being filled with undergraduates who want an education that prepares them for careers in the expanding and exciting information industries. These new...
Bush Administration Should Not Hide Records Behind 9/11
Leonard Kniffel "Let us be perfectly clear: Bush's action has nothing to do with protecting the nation," said The Wars of Watergate author Stanley Kutler in the January 2 Chicago Tribune. He was referring to Executive Order 13233, signed in November...
Global Reach. (News Fronts)
POLAND Citing insufficent revenue and organizational conflict, the Senate of Copernicus University in Torun voted to dissolve the International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services last year, after a dispute with ICIMSS Director...
Grassroots Report: New Study to Shed Light on Library Cooperatives. (News Fronts)
Several years ago, a few folks got together at an ALA conference and started talking about the similarities, differences, opportunities, and limitations that faced the cooperatives and multitype library systems they represented. This was not an officially...
Illinois Attorney Calls Trustee Removal Illegal. (News Fronts)
The board of the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois, voted 4-2 with one abstention to remove its president and 14-year member Ruth Newell. The action to declare Newell's position vacant came during a September 20 meeting,...
IMLS Director Gets His Message Across: Federal Dollars Deliver Service; an Interview with Robert Martin. (News Fronts)
While visiting ALA Headquarters December 17, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Robert Martin spoke with American Libraries about the institute, its activities, and other issues. His comments have been edited for clarity and length....
Internet Librarian: It Takes a Thief; Coping with Stolen Content. (Information Technology)
This month's column was prompted in part by a question posed to me by a Gentle Reader whose library has a very special patron who has copied the library's Web site and posted it on his own server with derogatory information plastered all over it. ...
Laura Bush Unveils Librarian Recruitment Plan at Topeka Gala. (News Fronts)
First Lady Laura Bush used the opening gala for a new Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library building January 9 to announce a $10-million initiative for the recruitment of librarians. To be included in President Bush's proposed 2003 budget,...
Learning by Doing: Engaged Service and the MLS; Community Service Is a Natural for Learning How to Foster Lifelong Learning. (Library Education)
As a library-school student, I had been steeped in lectures and readings about the librarians and libraries of the future and the changes brought about by the new technologies. I was encouraged to ponder whether libraries (and librarians for that matter)...
LSTA Funding Sees Slight Drop for FY2002. (News Fronts Washington)
The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2002 (H.R. 3061) was passed with broad bipartisan support by the House December 19 and the Senate December 21. The measure included $197.6 million for library programs...
Normal PL Weighs Normalcy of Story Time Breast-Feeding. (News Fronts)
The Normal (Ill.) Public Library board has appointed a special committee to discuss a dispute regarding a library trustee who nursed her toddler during the library's story time for 2-year-olds. Board member Jodie Slothower told American Libraries...
On My Mind: Instant Information Gratification. (Opinion)
I think Cole Porter anticipated the Information Age when he wrote: "In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking, / But now, God knows, / Anything goes." Many of us--even librarians who should know better--have come...
Pastor's Potter Book Fire Inflames N. Mex. Town. (News Fronts)
A display of Harry Potter books at the Alamogordo (N. Mex.) Public Library stood in marked contrast to a December 30 book burning of works written by J. K. Rowling and others that took place outside the city's Christ Community Church. The library extended...
People
Currents Stephen Almagno, professor of library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh, retired in December to take on the leadership of worldwide education programs for the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church. Almagno,...
Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Steamed over Salaries The January articles on salaries (p. 52-59) reflected some of my own concerns about the profession. As a recent graduate, a number of things have struck me as unique to our profession. In graduate school, instructors informed...
Reading Choice Generates New Trial Motion. (News Fronts)
Citing new information about a juror's recreational reading during breaks in a 1997 court case, lawyers for a Philadelphia-based chemical manufacturer are requesting a new trial. Sharon A. Dennison, manager of the Free Library of Philadelphia's...
Sponsorship 101: How Partnerships Can Expand Summer Reading; Corporate Sponsorship Can Be a Tricky Issue, but If Used Carefully, It Can Help Get More Kids Reading and Using the Library. (Youth Services)
Corporate sponsorship in public libraries is a scary thing. As public institutions dedicated to free, equal, and untainted access to our services, we get justifiably nervous about alliances with profit-oriented businesses. Yet, thanks to corporate...
Technically Speaking: GIS Provides a New Way of Seeing Service Areas. (Information Technology)
The quest to develop and market better ways to gather and present relevant statistics goes on. One emerging product to watch is LibraryDecision, developed by Civic Technologies. LibraryDecision is a geographic information system (GIS) application that...
The Association's Associations: ACRL Promotes Teaching and Learning. (News Fronts ALA)
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is committed to learning, teaching, and recognizing the contributions of academic librarians. Through a media campaign in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ACRL promotes the vitality and value...
The Crawford Files: Partnership, Property, and Disintermediation. (Copyright)
Partnerships are where you find them and what you make of them--and natural partnerships can turn into unnatural oppositions. That may be what's happening with copyright and intellectual property. If so, it's because intermediaries have grown more...
The Golden Rule of Supervision. (Will's World)
Complaining about bad bosses is almost as popular among library staffers as complaining about problem patrons. A bad boss is the scourge of the earth who can ruin not only your whole day but also your entire life. You could have Mother Theresa as your...
This Month, 66 Years Ago
IN FEBRUARY 1936, ALA members were planning for Annual Conference--this one scheduled for the following May in Richmond, Virginia. It represented the first time in three decades that the Association's conference was hosted in the South. A month before...
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"Librarians see themselves as the guardians of the First Amendment. You got a thousand Mother Joneses at the barricades! I love the librarians, and I am grateful for them!" Activist author and filmmaker Michael Moore praising librarians who pressured...
Washington Governor Proposes Closing State Library. (News Fronts)
The Washington State Library is in a fight for its very existence following a proposal by Gov. Gary Locke to close the facility to address a massive budget shortfall. The draconian measure is among dozens of midcourse budget revisions that would cut...