American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 11, December

ALA Executive Board: Moving beyond Goal 2000
Moving Beyond Goal 2000 At its fall meeting. October 25-26 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, the ALA Executive Board dedicated large chunks of time to discussion of where they see the Association in three to five years. The board's "planning mode" was...
A National Crisis No One Really Cares About
LIBRARY STAFFS CANNOT DELIVER IN THE INFORMATION AGE WITHOUT A PROFESSIONWIDE COMMITMENT TO TRAINING AT ALL LEVELS Money isn't everything. Despite Bill Gates's recent $400-million gift to North American libraries (AL, Aug., p. 14-15), the majority...
Blueprints Needed for Information Highway On-Ramps
LIBRARIANS HAVE TO CREATE A STANDARD FOR EXACTLY WHAT "UNIVERSAL SERVICE" MEANS Because I do volunteer work with an organization called Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, I tend to get odd bits of e-mail from strangers asking advice on...
Chapter Report: Take the Tele- out of Communications
It's easy to get lost in the jargon of the telecommunications-rates issue. One reaction is to seek immersion, mastering the intricacies of carrier competition and regulatory environments, and abandoning normal conversation in favor of TSL (Technology...
Croissants in the Crescent City: Meals for Librarians on the Move
A NEW ORLEANS INSIDER ALMOST HATES TO TELL HIS PICKS FOR FEAR HE'LL HAVE TO STAND IN LINE BEHIND CONFERENCE-GOERS You've been in meetings all morning, and that breakfast bagel is just a memory. Your tummy is speaking in tongues, and soon everyone will...
Librarian Francis Buckley Named Superintendent of Documents
Francis J. Buckley Jr. has been named Superintendent of Documents of the United States, the first time a librarian has ever held the position. As superintendent, Buckley will be responsible for oversight of the public distribution and sale of millions...
New Center to Foster Russian-US Cooperation
A dream of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (RNPLST) got closer to reality May 16 when Mayor Marion Barry signed articles of incorporation in Washington, D.C., for the International Library, Information, and Analytical Center...
New Chained Library of Hereford Cathedral Takes Royal Prize
UNITED KINGDOM: Following a decade of planning and a million-pound donation from John Paul Getty Jr., Hereford Cathedral's new Mappa Mundi and Chained Library museum officially opened in May of last year, with Queen Elizabeth presiding. Located at the...
Part-Timers's Plea: Where Am I Now?
I have a lot of sympathy for the UPS workers who went on strike last summer over the issue of part-time work. Although I have been a full-time reference librarian for several years now, I, too, was once a part-time worker. I never actually considered...
Referenda Roundup: Some Wins, Some Losses
After a yearlong battle over Internet access, on November 4 voters in Medina County, Ohio, renewed the library's $19-million, 10-year levy. The campaign captured national attention because of opposition organized by a coalition that includes the Citizens...
Savor the Flavor of Winter in Dixie: 1998 ALA Midwinter Preview
ALA RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS JAN. 9-14 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1993; HERE'S A GUIDE TO MEETINGS AND EVENTS ALA President Barbara Ford's theme of "Global Reach, Local Touch" will be well-represented in the multicultural city of New Orleans, with its Spanish...
Telecommunications Discounts: Financial Windfall of Fall's Gold?
UNIVERSAL-SERVICE FUNDS OFFER A HUGE WINDFALL FOR LIBRARIES WILLING TO DEAL WITH THE APPLICATION HASSLES "What the G.I. Bill was for veterans, the e-rate will be for schools and libraries in this century." That's how Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.)...
The Fiasco Factor
I can't remember when a librarian has become the object of such intense scrutiny and criticism. From his press notices this past year you would think Hawaii State Librarian Bart Kane had done something terrible, like shoot someone or - even worse - publicly...
Universal Confusion
Our frustration with the telecommunications discounts is that we're investing a lot of labor in an unknown. We don't know if and when we'll actually get the discounts, confusion still exists about who is eligible, and meanwhile we're writing technology...
We Need to Recommit to Readers' Advisory Services
Every summer our children's room is intense with activity as children and parents scour the shelves for titles for their reading club list. Books are carefully considered and selected with recommendations from the children's room staff. By the end-of-summer...
What's the Matter with Membership Meetings?
ALA COUNCILORS BEVERLY LYNCH AND MARK ROSENZWEIG DEBATE WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO REVIVE A FAILING FORUM For three consecutive ALA Annual Conferences, the Membership Meetings have failed to draw a quorum, or 1% of the total members of the Association, as...
When an 11-Year-Old Wants to Take His Own Life
QUICK THINKING AND A GENTLE, CARING VOICE CAN AVERT TRAGEDY There are days when you just never know what you are going to get. At approximately 3 p.m. on a typical school day last year, a fifth-grade boy came into the library. I knew him as the quiet...