American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 9, October

ALA News: The Work of the American Library Association
ALA Leaders Hold CIPA Meeting Some 30 librarians and ALA staff members met at the Association's headquarters in Chicago August 23 for an all-day session to discuss ALA's response to the Supreme Court's decision upholding the constitutionality of...
An Open Letter to Nancy Pearl
Although I've never met you, and commenting in print on your personal appearance may seem a tad rude, I'm writing to tell you that I like the way you look-at least judging by the 5-inch-tall plastic librarian action figure you modeled for recently...
Apply For
By Nov. 3: Women's National Book Award-Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant provides up to $750 for a librarian to take a course or an institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession. Contact: Malinda Little, 800-545-2433, ext. 5416; malittle@ala.org;...
Auf Wiedersehen:; IFLA World Congress Draws 4,500 to Berlin
Some 4,500 professionals from 131 countries gathered in Berlin, Germany, August 1-9 for the World Library and Information Congress, the newly renamed annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)....
Bangladesh's Frustrated Librarians: Formidable Barriers to Information Exist in One of the World's Most Densely Populated Countries
In April, hundreds of angry Bangladeshis protesting the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq marched in downtown Chittagong, a major port city in this densely populated country of 133.3 million, past the entrance to the Independent University of Bangladesh...
Cited
Valerie Bell, supervising librarian of branch services for the Ocean County (N.J.) Library, is the 2003 recipient of the Murray Award from the New Jersey Association of Library Assistants, presented annually to a librarian who encourages and supports...
Contracts and Agreements
* Sirsi sales of Unicorn to: River Bend Library System, a multitype consortium serving western Illinois and eastern lowa, head-quartered in Coal Valley, Illinois, for 30 of its 67 member libraries, replaces Geac Plus. Monaghan County Library, headquartered...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Max Anderson has been named training and support librarian at SOLINET, a nonprofit consortium based in Atlanta.* At the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library in Toms River, New Jersey Heather Andolsen has been promoted...
De Colores: The Universal Language of Bilingual Storytime; a Kentucky Library Starts a Year-Round Fiesta of the Soul to Celebrate Hispanic/latino Culture
The meeting room was overflowing with more than 60 people. Dancers from Mexico had just finished a traditional folk dance. Musicians from the nearby Centro de Amistad (friendship center) of St. Mary's Basilica Cathedral were playing traditional music...
Fargo Drops LSSI Contract
Some eight months into the renewal of a management-outsourcing contract with Library Systems and Services Inc., the Fargo (N.Dak.) Public Library board voted 4-1 August 25 to pull out of the two-year agreement. The contract's termination, which will...
Great American Public Libraries: The 2003 HAPLR Rankings: The Nation's Public Libraries Are Once Again Assessed and Ranked
As I noted in my March 2003 American Libraries article, "Performing Triage on Budgets in the Red" (p. 36-39), the wider economy has a major impact on library performance and ratings. The recession began in March 2001, and the attacks of September 11...
Internet Librarian: The Next Best Thing to Being There
Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year: A group of new students joined our school's master's program. It's always an exciting time, with quite a buzz in the air. That first-day-of-school thing really never gets old for me: the anticipation...
Librarian Salaries Increase 0.7% More Than Other Civilian Workers: Latest ALA Survey Shows a 3.6% Total Gain
Librarian salaries increased this year nearly 1% more than the rest of the U.S. population, according to the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 2003. A total of 15,856 salaries were reported in the survey, ranging from a low of $18,500 to a high of...
Libraries Commemorate September 11
Libraries nationwide helped their communities mark the second anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by hosting discussions, showing films, and staying open for 24 hours. "As community institutions, libraries of all kinds will...
Multnomah Faces Standoff over Director's Salary
Three of five county commissioners have threatened to reconsider their support for Molly Raphael as director of the Multnomah (Oreg.) County Library because they believe the $138,000 salary offered to her by County Chairwoman Diane Linn is too high....
Obituaries
Henry T. Drennan, 89, retired U.S. Department of Education official who helped establish libraries on Indian reservations and Spanish-language libraries in inner cities, died August 26. He spent 20 years in federal library programs, beginning as a...
On My Mind: Avoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three
In this time of the USA Patriot Act and other legislation allowing the U.S. government to track the actions of individuals, many are concerned about protecting patrons' personally identifiable information at any cost. Some propose the solution of deleting...
President's Message: Library Issues Are Global
We are not alone. At the recent World Library and Information Congress, the 69th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) general conference, August 1-9 in Berlin, Germany, it became clear rather quickly that many of...
Shortfalls Prompt Shutdowns in Three Major Cities
Librarians and other staffers picketed outside Seattle Public Library's Capitol Hill branch August 25 to protest the system's week-long shutdown. The August 25-September 2 closure, the third such shutdown in two years (AL, Apr. 2002, p. 28), was approved...
Sifting through CIPA
With the dust barely settled on the June Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, Sept., p. 12), libraries are seeking the advice of counsel to help them decide how best--or whether-to comply...
Technically Speaking: RFID on the Move
Interest in implementing RFID security systems is growing rapidly in libraries of all types and sizes. The online RFID Journal describes the technology as follows: "Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a generic term for technologies that...
The Association's Associations: Get Ready for "PLA 2004"
With plans under way for another national conference and a new national library-advocacy program, the Public Library Association is poised to help public library employees excel during these challenging times. PLA national conference Over 150...
The Crawford Files: First Have Something to Say
In June, ALA Editions published my latest book, First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession. I'm thrilled, because it is my first book of the new millennium--and it breaks a lengthy writer's block of years during which I began to...
The $Ecret Inside Your Library's Atlases; Reexamine Your Collection and How to Protect It-Before Someone Else Does
The opportunity is almost irresistible, if one has no scruples: * valuable items that anyone can ask to handle; * no physical barrier to leaving, even if the sensor system at the doors sounds an alarm; * a full bag of beautiful old books;...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"One Christmas I opened a little package and it was a little porcelain replica of the library at my university, Southern Methodist University. And in it was the note that my husband was giving the garden, the promenade that goes up to the library at...
Trustee Censured for Removing Papers
The board of the Cook Memorial Public Library District formally censured its Vice President Jack Martin September 16 for "censoring the library's holdings" without proper authority and for about a dozen other actions, including a possible violation...
Turning Corners: American Librarians in Post-Soviet Russia: Library Exchange Program Aims to Heighten Understanding between Two Nations
From Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk, change is afoot in the Russian Federation and my 80-day Information Professionals-in-Residence (I-PIR) exchange-program adventure from September 27 to December 15, 2001, made it possible for me to learn and to make a...
UNESCO Calls for Immediate Security of Iraq Libraries
Library and archival collections in Iraq need to be secured, guarded, and rebuilt, says a report recently released by Jean-Marie Arnoult, the French librarian who was part of a second UNESCO expert mission sent June 27-July 6 to assess the destruction...
Why LC Subject Headings Are More Important Than Ever: The Solution to Some of Researchers' Biggest Problems Is Staring Us Right in Our Faces
We need to get over the uncritical habit of regarding subject-heading strings--and the online public access catalog (OPAC) displays that bring them to our attention-as mere carryovers from the age of manual card catalogs. Instead, we need to consider...
Will's World; Lessons from the Road
Much has been written about the importance of vacations for renewing the spirit and refreshing the body. This summer I discovered a third benefit-vacations can provide new settings for old lessons. Our vacation got off to a pretty shaky start. My...
Working Knowledge: Test Careers with Informational Interviews
Q I have been a technology education teacher for four years. I've also spent 10 years in an elementary classroom and four years teaching history and reading in a middle school. I love encouraging children to read, and I would like to be a school librarian/media...