American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 8, September

Advocacy ABCs for Trustees
A PRIMER FOR BOARD MEMBERS (OR FOR DIRECTORS WHOSE BOARD MEMBERS NEED INSPIRATION) Television schedules. Footwear fashions. Diets for pets. These and other important aspects of our lives are subject to constant change, so it's reassuring that one...
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ALA and Cuba's Libraries: Time for a Dialogue
In May, I was invited to deliver a plenary address, along with Ross Shimmon, secretary general of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), at the Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional...
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ALA Testifies on E-Government Bill
Sharon Hogan, director of libraries at the University of Illinois/Chicago, testified July 11 at a hearing held by the Senate Government Affairs Committee on the E-Government Act of 2001 (S. 803). The legislation (AL, June/July, p. 20-22) calls for...
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Anchorage Floats New Policy
The advisory board for the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage, Alaska, endorsed a new policy July 31 that prevents the city from excluding displays considered "promotional" and allows exhibits prepared by groups outside the library. The new...
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Arts on the Edge
If I had access to a wayback machine, my first destinations would likely be scenes of modernist infamy. For starters, I'd set my reverse chronometer to February 17, 1913--the opening of the Armory Show of modern art in New York City--for a chance to...
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Bar Association Will Evaluate uCITA
The American Bar Association has postponed a vote to oppose the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act and instead created a task force to examine the strengths and weaknesses of this proposed state contract law that places severe limitations...
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Community Colleges Fight Budget Cuts
California community colleges are mounting a statewide campaign to get $98 million in funds earmarked for library materials, instructional equipment, and building maintenance restored later this legislative session. Representatives of 24 community...
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Contracts and Agreements
* Endeavor Information Systems has been selected as the vendor of choice by the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) for a library management system to serve ILCSO's 45 academic and research libraries, including the state library...
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DMCA Nets a Criminal Prosecution and Prompts a Protest
The FBI arrested a Russian software engineer at his Las Vegas hotel July 16, the day after he lectured at the DefCon9 hacker conference about the Advanced eBook Processor, a program that cracks the encryption of Adobe's eBook format. Dmitry Sklyarov,...
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Government Documents at the Crossroads
THE MOVE FROM PAPER TO ONLINE ACCESS IMPERILS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO INFORMATION The Internet and modern technologies have brought us to a crossroads, one that threatens the public's continued ability to access government information, as well as...
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GPO Reconsiders Recall of Indonesia Document
The Government Printing Office thought better in late July of its recall from depository libraries of one volume of a monographic series documenting U.S. involvement in the overthrow of Indonesia's first president, Achmed Sukarno. "Government documents...
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Houston Braves the Storm and Shares the Burden
When the devastating floods from Tropical Storm Allison swept eastern Texas (AL, Aug., p. 15-16), the Houston Public Library responded with a dynamic relief effort called Staff Helping Staff @ the Library. Epitomizing the library's team spirit, Staff...
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Internet Librarian
HTML Editors: Take a Few for a Ride There are many ways to build Web pages, but some truths are universal. "Everyone needs to know HTML enough to code by hand," says James Cayz of the Delaware Division of Libraries. It's as essential to our profession...
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Leadership Lessons and CIPA Resolutions
This year's World Book/ALA Goal Award of $10,000 went to ALA's Chapter Relations Committee for a proposal entitled "Creating Library Leaders." Developed by the committee and former Michigan Library Association Executive Director Marianne Hartzell,...
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Librarian Salaries: Annual Increase Drops below U.S. Average
Since 1982 (annually since 1988) ALA has collected and published data on salaries paid to librarians in academic and public libraries that have at least two professionals. This has been done because people often ask ALA to tell them what salary might...
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Librarianship Hall of Fame: ALA Award Winners 2001
The American Library Association Awards Program, administered by the Executive Office, annually honors those who have rendered distinguished service to libraries and librarianship. Fueled by a variety of donors and sponsors, recognition is given for...
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Library System Rides a Pig to a Resounding PR Success
AN ILLINOIS CONSORTIUM GOES HOG WILD WITH A WINNING ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN What do John Swinebeck, Porkahontas, and AbraHAM Lincoln have in common? They helped bring home the bacon in a public-relations campaign that involved almost 300 Illinois libraries,...
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Obituaries
Elizabeth Bacon, 86, former children's librarian in California's Contra Costa and Solano counties, died June 6 of respiratory failure. * Elizabeth Baughman, former cataloging professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (now...
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On My Mind
The Joy of Information Literacy "To be information literate, a person must... have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." --ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, 1989 I'm an academic reference...
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People
Currents Robert Alan has been named head of the Serials Department at Penn State University/University Park Libraries. * At Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Beth Barrett is associate director for support and outreach services....
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Please Don't Call or E-Mail!
One of the most depressing pieces of news that I've read recently in the paper was the widely disseminated report that 39% of the people who take vacations from work call into the office at least once a day for a reality check. As depressing as this...
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Pratt Library Announces Which Branches Will Close
Months after announcing that Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library would have to close five of its 26 branches because of financial restraints (AL, May, p. 24-26), Director Carla D. Hayden revealed July 18 the names of the branches slated to shut their...
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Reader Forum
Hushed-Up Boycott In your report on the 2001 ALA conference, you noted that "Although the Marriott boycott inconvenienced many attendees and disrupted some programs, it apparently had little effect on registration" (Aug., p. 68). The boycott had...
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Sno-Isle Filters for Minors
The board of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, headquartered in Marysville, Washington, gave in to public pressure and voted July 23 to require patrons under 18 to use only filtered Internet workstations. However, parents or guardians can sidestep...
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Technically Speaking
Impressive Assistive Technology Part of one aisle at this year's ALA Annual Conference exhibits was dedicated to an Accessibility Pavilion featuring vendors of assistive technology products. One of the most impressive of them was a unit that sits...
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The Association's Associations LITA: Educating and Serving
The three strategic initiatives of the Library and Information Technology Association--to educate, to serve, and to reach out--characterize member interest in leading-edge technologies and the practical applications of those technologies in all types...
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The Secret of Library Marketing: Make Yourself Indispensable
LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY WILL DO MORE FOR A LIBRARY'S BOTTOM LINE THAN SLOGANEERING Marketing is an ungodly, complicated problem for librarians. Like some corporate octopus, we offer an immense range of products--information, books, reading itself,...
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The Way She Made Children Believe
Leonard Kniffel She talked to her patrons and got to know them. That's part of the reason Mrs. Morrison was such a good librarian. She talked to you like you mattered, even if you were only 12 years old. Betty J. Morrison was the head of the...
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This Month, 105 Years Ago
IN SEPTEMBER 1895, JOHN Cotton Dana delivered a presidential address about public awareness and libraries to an ALA conference in Cleveland. Entitled "Hear the Other Side," he began by complaining about too many loafers (historical context suggests...
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Thus Said
"If you're going to rebuild these things, you can't just sit there and give a lot of speeches and say, 'In the year 2050, Mayor Richard M. Daley promises you a new library.' It just doesn't happen. I hate to say it, but someone has to pay for it. You...
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Why the World Trade Organization Is a Threat to Libraries
Publicly funded libraries around the world could face extinction under a World Trade Organization (WTO) treaty known as the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The GATS strives to liberalize all service sectors in all member nations over...
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