American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 11, December

100 of the MOST IMPORTANT LEADERS WE HAD in the 20TH CENTURY
History notes the residue of the biases and his ego, but he was born to organize, to reform, and to lead early recruits into building the foundation of modern librarianship. His imprint is on them all, and he is still watching. They believed in...
A Blue Print of His Mind: Reconstructing the Jefferson Collection
LC'S WISH LIST FOR ITS 200TH BIRTHDAY INCLUDES REASSEMBLING THE JEFFERSON LIBRARY FROM WHICH IT GREW In 1815 Thomas Jefferson sold his personal library to the nation to rebuild the Library of Congress after every title but one in its collections...
Ala President's Message
Come to Midwinter for a Pan-American Experience January 13-18, 2000, will be our first get-together in the new century and it's going to be fabulous. Reaching across borders When June Garcia was director of the San Antonio Public Library,...
Ameritech Library Services Sold to Investment Group
Ameritech Library Services officials revealed November 4 that the company has been sold to a private investment group led by 21st Century Group, LLC, and Green Leaf Ridge, LLC. The sale follows the October 8 acquisition of ALS's parent firm, Chicago-based...
Atomic Wives and the Secret Library at Los Alamos
AMID WARTIME SECRECY, A SMALL LIBRARY PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATOMIC BOMB For the first two years of its existence, the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was kept a secret from the nation and was a mystery even to its closest neighbors....
Books, Billiards, and Bowling: Joint-Use According to Carnegie
THE ATHLETIC FACILITIES IN CARNEGIE'S FIRST LIBRARIES ENSURED THAT PATRONS EXERCISED THEIR BODIES AS WELL AS THEIR MINDS "Has Andrew Carnegie given you a library yet?" asked Mr. Dooley. "Not that I know of," said Mr. Hennessy. "He will," said...
Chapter Report: Look, It's Still a Library, after 100 Years
Conference programs, commemorative exhibits, books and publications, membership drives, and fundraisers are some of the ways chapters have been looking back at a century or more of library services. Most of the programs are looking ahead as well, trying...
Cited
Khafre Abif, manager of children's services at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, was one of nine guests honored at the Miracle Makers Annual Partnership Dinner held October 22. The honorees were recognized for helping Miracle Makers fulfill its mission...
Curiosity about Amazing Manhattan Pays Off
For years he collected odd facts and curiosities about his adopted home, New York City, with hardly a thought about what he would do with the data. "Manhattan is an incredible mirror of American history," says Patrick Bunyan, a librarian whose collecting...
Currents
Romaine Ahlstrom recently became head of reader services at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. At Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, Mark A. Allan has been appointed head of reference for the Porter Henderson Library. ...
Editorial
Read and Learn, Two Words That Still Say It All Over the last decade, themes and slogans seem to have emanated from ALA like popcorn out of a popper. Through it all, however, one message has remained constant. in fact, if we ever need to summarize...
Gay Liberation: From Task Force to Round Table
AN EARLY ACTIVIST RECALLS THE BAD OLD DAYS, WHEN HOMOSEXUAL EQUALED SINFUL, SICK, AND CRIMINAL Activist and library advocate Barbara Gittings was one of the first in many ways. She was among the first to picket the White House in the early days...
Inventoried Treasures: The Vatican Archives Revealed
A HIGH-TECH TEAM OF THIS CENTURY'S FINEST TACKLES A MILLENNIUM'S WORTH OF DOCUMENTS Thanks to Francis X. Blouin and his research team, scholars can now take a figurative walk through the Vatican Archives in a single-volume reference work that combines...
In Your Dreams: A Y2K Fantasy
Imagine, for a minute, that the worst Year 2000 predictions materialize, and on January 1 we arrive at our libraries to discover that our computers don't work. Is that really so bad? Many librarians think so. When I raised this question on an Internet...
It's an Honor: Fifty Years of Beta Phi Mu
FOR HALF A CENTURY, THE LIBRARY HONOR SOCIETY HAS RECOGNIZED STUDENTS WHO SHOW SCHOLARLY AND LEADERSHIP ABILITY In 1988, soon after graduating from San Jose State University's library school with an MLS, Barbara Jeffus visited her friend and colleague...
Library Referenda Meet with Mixed Results
The relative handful of library referenda placed before voters in the November 2 off-year election met with mixed results. The three largest measures reported to American Libraries--in San Mateo, California; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; and...
Liu Guojun's American Studies
A CHINESE STUDENT TRAVELS TO THE MIDWEST IN 1922, HOPING TO BETTER HIS COUNTRY'S LIBRARIES The global interconnectedness of librarians is not a new phenomenon. A glimpse into the University of Wisconsin/Madison archives shows that the "global reach"...
Management Votes to Dissolve Fund
The Fund for America's Libraries has been gasping for breath almost since it first inhaled, so the decision of the ALA Executive Board to dissolve the fund and return Association fundraising to a development office came as no surprise at the board's...
New Day, New Leadership at ALA Washington Office
The ALA Washington Office has been restructured with new leadership at the helm. Emily Sheketoff was named an ALA associate executive director and executive director of the ALA Washington Office in October (AL, Nov., p. 6). Under her leadership, two...
Obituaries
Kathryn Campbell Babcock 84, who worked as a librarian at the Library of Congress in the late 1930s, died September 27. Judith Barmatoski, 52, longtime fiction specialist at the Detroit Public Library, where she worked for 29 years, died September...
Report Says Philadelphia School Libraries Inadequate
A report released in September by the Association of Philadelphia School Librarians is drawing attention to the city's public school libraries and has prompted the Free Library of Philadelphia, the city school district, and the city council to form...
Second Director in a Year Departs Wisconsin Library
Citing conflicts with the library board, Vickie Chiappetti has resigned as director of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Wisconsin, nine months after she took the position. Chiappetti's predecessor, Alice Sedgwick, retired in December...
Technically Speaking
State Catalogs: A Growth Market The state of Maine has contracted with Innovative Interfaces to provide the software for Maine Info Net, a statewide linking of over 300 libraries. INN-Reach, Innovative's union-catalog and resource-sharing software,...
The Association's Associations: YALSA Becomes Printz-Oriented
The members of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the publishing community are excited about a new award for young-adult literature that will be formally announced at the Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio during the ALA Awards press conference...
The Penis Decade
Here we are in the last month of the last year of the second millennium. It's a good time to take stock, which is precisely what everyone else is doing. Coffee-table books highlighting the greatest events of the first millennium and the 20th century...
The Public Library and the Problematical Pogo Perplex
Occasionally people outside the library field express some pretty lame-brained ideas about our profession. Then, we library professionals find ourselves wondering where these loonies get such crazy ideas. The sad truth is, they get them from us. As...
The Way We Were: A Photographer's Gallery
Best known as a writer and editor during his library career, Arthur Plotnik was also one of the field's most active photographers from the late '60s to the early '90s. In 1969, when he came to Wilson Library Bulletin from the Library of Congress,...
This Month, 106 Years Ago
THE LIBRARY COMMUNITY was abuzz with news of the Rudolph Indexer, a device just invented by Alexander J. Rudolph, a first assistant librarian at San Francisco Public Library. His boss, John Vance Cheney, thought the creation would "amount to something...
U.S. Librarians Show Their Stuff at Frankfurt Book Fair
Just how big is the Frankfurt Book Fair? Try to imagine Chicago's O'Hare Airport around Christmas, but with the crowds elbowing each other to catch not a flight but a glimpse of Tom Wolfe, Toni Morrison, or the new Nobel Prize-winner, German writer...
Valdosta State University Launches MLIS Program
The board of regents of the University System of Georgia recently authorized Valdosta State University to begin offering a Master of Library and Information Science degree. The program is expected to be inaugurated in the fall semester of 2000, and...
Virginia Librarian Is Third to Leave in Six Years
The trustees of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christians-burg, Virginia, accepted the resignation of Library Director Terri Walker October 20, making her the third director in six years to leave, according to the October 22 Roanoke Times....
Year 2000 Council Nominees
Acting in accordance with ALA bylaws, the Nominating Committee has also selected 51 people to run for 26 positions on ALA's Council. Council adopted a new policy for councilors to serve three-year terms (AL, Aug. 1998, p. 98). In order to enact this...