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American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 9, October

10,000 Books Found in Abandoned East St. Louis Library
Officials in East St. Louis, Illinois, have been scrambling to respond to the discovery of some 10,000 books that were left behind four years ago when the city library moved to a new facility. Harold Lawary, chairman of the East St. Louis Library board,...
Building on Bibliographic Instruction: Our Strong BI Foundation Supports a Promising IL Future
These days, many passionate proponents define information literacy (IL) as a brand-new, much-superior approach to library instruction, in stark contrast to the well-meaning but misguided and extremely limited methods and goals of bibliographic instruction...
Changing of the Guard in Buenos Aires: IFLA's New Class of International Leadership
Every year librarians from around the world travel hundreds of thousands of combined miles to form the Brigadoon-like nation that is the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). In Buenos Aires,...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Anne K. Abate became executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium August 2. * Shaunta Adams has been named collection development librarian at Elon (N.C.) University's Belk Library. * Marilyn Baker-Madsen will retire as director...
Finding and Funding Future Librarians-California Style: A Program Developed by the State Library Keeps Staff in the Library Profession-And in the State
If you had the resources to encourage and help your coworkers or staff members get their master's in library and information science, wouldn't you? California public library directors and librarians have resoundingly answered yes by actively helping...
German Library Fire Destroys Thousands of Rare Books
Flames ripped through a historic library in Weimar, Germany, for two hours the night of September 2, destroying an estimated 30,000 volumes--many of them rare or unique works annotated and donated by such German writers as Goethe and Schiller. Thousands...
Global Reach
SCOTLAND The number of books borrowed from public libraries has dropped 30% in the past seven years, from 9.8 books per person in 1995-96 to 7.1 in 2001-02, according to statistics compiled by the Scottish Executive office. During the same period,...
GPO Plans Collection of Last Resort
The Government Printing Office has been exploring the idea of developing a backup library that would serve as a collection of last resort, a proposal that has raised concerns among librarians. In a discussion draft of the plan, the GPO states that...
Grassroots Report: State Associations Get the News Out
Think globally, act locally" has been a slogan for everything from political activism to, with minor modification, a microbrewery in my home town. In many respects, this pithy contemporary aphorism also describes the aims of newsletters written for...
Great American Public Libraries: The 2004 HAPLR Rankings; Two New Measures Supplement This Year's Assessment of the Nation's Public Libraries
Has the economic downturn affected library performance? Will Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) finally include building size and electronic resources? Did many of the same libraries top the rating scales again? In this sixth edition,...
How the War Looked in Buenos Aires
It's odd sometimes, being an American. But we seldom have to think about it as we go about our business in the relative security of the United States. It takes a moment of listening to Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel in the middle of...
Internet Librarian: Who Comes Next?
Back when I was in library school (go ahead, roll your eyes; I would too if I were you), I was looking forward to a promising career as a reference librarian. Obviously, something went terribly amiss along the way and I wound up as a library school...
Just Do It! Leadership Training Builds Strong Networks: New Jersey Librarians Help Create Tomorrow's Leaders through Goal-Oriented Preparation
We face a shortage of librarians--a truth universally acknowledged. Mary Jo Lynch, former director of ALA's Office for Research and Statistics, reported that 62% of those in the profession are over 45, and more than ever are retiring early (AL, Feb....
Obituaries
Yvonne S. Bennett, associate professor of library and information services at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, died recently. She was a founder and former president of the New York Black Librarians Caucus, and an active member...
On My Mind: It May Be Legal but It's Not Right
It saddens me these days to walk into the Juneau (Alaska) Public Library. In fact, I now find myself avoiding it because I don't want to walk by the display case. For most people, that reaction would be caused by something in the display they thought...
Phoenix Council Demands Filters on All Library Computers
The city council of Phoenix, Arizona, voted unanimously September 8 to bar adults from unrestricted Internet access on all public library computers. The action, spearheaded by Mayor Phil Gordon, puts the Phoenix Public Library at odds with the Supreme...
PLA Advocates for Libraries and Literacy
One of the key goals in the Public Library Association's strategic plan is for public libraries to be recognized as the destination for a wide variety of valuable services and for their funding to be a community priority. To meet that goal, PLA has...
PLA Responds to CD Settlement
PLA President Clara N. Bohrer says the June 2003 music-industry price-fixing lawsuit settlement, which resulted in about 7 million free music CDs valued at $75.7 million for America's public libraries and schools (AL, Sept., p. 15-16), "had the best...
Protesters Arrested on NYPL Steps during Convention
Some 75 protesters were arrested August 31 in front of the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library on Fifth Avenue amid demonstrations taking place during the Republican National Convention. As about 200 people gathered...
Staff and Leadership Shortages? Grow Your Own: A Florida System Looks Inward to Address the Looming Librarian Shortage
As the chronic national shortage of qualified job candidates continues, Broward County Library continues to need additional professional staff. Our library system, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has 270 librarian positions and currently has 40...
Straight Answers from William H. Gates Sr
As the father of the wealthiest man in the world, William H. Gates Sr. gets a lot of questions about his son, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. An attorney and former Washington state Bar Association president, he has learned to redirect the attention...
Striving for Worldwide Sisterhood
It has been said that our world is getting smaller every day, and after representing ALA in several foreign countries this past year I have found that statement to be true. I live in a city located on the U.S.-Mexico border, where it is often difficult...
Technically Speaking: The New Numbers Racket
While it might be said that not all librarians love automation or the all-consuming power technology holds over their patrons, it's still safe to say that most systems librarians love statistics. To some libraries, numbers are the raison d'etre--gate-counts...
The Crawford Files: The Dangers of Uniformity
Does your library have the one best dictionary--and that's all? A single encyclopedia? Shakespeare's best play--and that's your only drama? The King James Version of the Bible, to the exclusion of all other religious works and commentary? Do you only...
The World at Large: Dedicated to Peace and the International Exchange of Ideas, the Mortenson Center Faces Critical Issues by Accentuating the Positive
It began in 1986 with a $2-million gift from C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson to establish the Mortenson Distinguished Professorship for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first such named academic...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"Twenty years ago, library science was seen as a musty, dead-end profession. No longer. Today's librarians act as detectives, helping patrons to navigate the Internet, remote databases, CD-ROMs, and, of course, books and periodicals to find the information...
Welcome to the ALA 2005 Midwinter Meeting in Boston: The Midwinter Meeting Will Be Held January 14-19, 2005, and Will Include over 2000 Meetings, and 425 Exhibitors
ALA President's Program Creating an Advocacy Epidemic Sunday, January 16, 2005 3:00 pm-5:00 pm In today's difficult economic conditions, it is more important than ever before to stand up and speak out for libraries to ensure that we retain...
Will's World: The Ups and Downs of Team Play
I am a big believer in vacations. We all need to get away, and vacations provide the opportunity to relearn old management lessons in new settings. For example, on our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, last summer, my son Stephen decided to play the role...
Working Knowledge: Making Meetings Work
Q I am writing on behalf of all the department heads at my library, but I'm sure I speak for many other library employees as well. To put it bluntly, we feel that if we have to sit through one more boring meeting we will just scream! Can you give administrators...