American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, January

AASL Plans for the Future
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) continues to move forward in its goal to serve and to support school library media specialists around the country by continuing to draw attention to their unique abilities and to the key issues that...
A Boston Birthday Celebration Awaits Midwinter Conferees: Advocacy, Civic Engagement, Finances, and Youth Media's Best-of-the-Best Highlight Conference Agenda
Boston turns 375 years old this year and some 10,000 ALA members, exhibitors, authors, and guests will help kick off a yearlong celebration of "The City Where America Began" when the Association convenes January 14-19 for its Midwinter Meeting. ...
American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition: June 23-29, 2005 Chicago, Illinois
ALA is planning another exciting Annual Conference. Register early for low rates and great speakers, programs and events! This year's Auditorium Speaker Series will include librarian and author Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading...
A Network So Crazy, It Just Might Work: If You Want Something Done Cheap, Do It Yourself
Students at High Point (N.C) University were in dire need of a way to plug into the campus network from inside the library. Not only are the computing labs frequently full, but mandatory study hall sessions are regularly held in the library, creating...
Best Bites in Beantown: Boston Boasts a Myriad of Excellent Restaurants
Boston is quite the restaurant town these days. Some of us remember when this wasn't the case--when Yankee pot roast, baked scrod, corned beef and cabbage, and Indian pudding were pretty much the menu stalwarts (not to mention baked beans). You'll...
California Awards $80 Million in Grants
Lafayette was one of the big winners in the latest round of state matching grants awarded by the California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board November 29. The city will receive $11.9 million to construct a new building to replace a crowded...
Cited
Richard H. Bernhard, professor of industrial engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, received the 2004 NCSU Libraries Faculty Award for contributions that support the university libraries' mission and role in the community. * Madelyn...
Critiquing the Curriculum: The Entrenched LIS Agenda Needs to Change to Reflect the Most Critical Functions of the Library
After reading library and information science research and watching LIS curriculum development for the past 30 years, I've concluded I differ fundamentally in two particular perspectives from most of my library-faculty colleagues. First, I'm convinced...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Christine Beaver has become the new teen librarian at the Hancock County (Ind.) Public Library. * Dave Bennett, manager of the Centreville branch of the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library, retired December 23. * The Warren-Newport Public Library in...
From Page to Stage-A Very Funky Journey: Colorado Springs Library Staffers Deliver Fairytale Messages to Local Schools, the Community, and Their Peers
"Where do you run when you want some fun, and you're tired of just TV? L-I-B-R-A-R-Y, to the library...." It's a Friday afternoon at the East branch of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and strange sounds can be heard...
Global Reach
NORTHERN IRELAND The Belfast Education and Library Board has approved six branches for closure because it says its 2005 budget faces a [pounds sterling]1.3-million deficit. The December 7 announcement angered library users and local government officials,...
Google Partners with Libraries in Massive Digitization Project
In a move likely to have major ramifications for the library world, Google announced December 14 that it would embark on an ambitious project to digitally scan books from the collections of five major research libraries and make them searchable online....
Grassroots Report: Getting out the Vote in Fargo
After the November election I was feeling, shall we say, blue. But elsewhere, a friend and colleague was in considerably higher spirits and sent news of the ballot returns where he lives to provide some postelection cheer. It's a heartening story for...
Internet Librarian: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
I walked away from Omelas today. The fateful moment came after a few days of experimentation and several months of unconscious yet growing dissatisfaction. When I finally clicked the little button, I felt somehow liberated, free, and now food tastes...
Librarians as Freedom Fighters
This month's issue deals with silence in libraries ... or the lack thereof. Our institutions have become such vibrant places, with an increasing variety of innovative programs and services offered in all types of libraries across the country. From...
Library Leadership in the Desert: Library Administration and Management Association Institute
Some 185 librarians gathered in the desert resort of Palm Springs, California, November 18-20, for the third national institute held by ALA's Library Administration and Management Association. While offerings at the previous two institutes were divided...
NCLIS Study Shows $3.5-Billion Increase in Library Spending
Between 1992 and 2002, funding for public libraries increased by $3.5 billion, and most other indicators also increased appreciably, according to a recent analysis of Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS) data by Robert E. Molyneux, director of statistics...
Obituaries
Robert L. Gitler, 95, died October 8. He was founding director of the Japan Library School at Keio University from 1951 to 1956; for his contributions to Japanese librarianship, the emperor of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun. During his...
On My Mind: A View from the Right
I have been a member of the American Library Association for over a decade and a member of the profession for over two decades. Many times I have felt "outside" the profession because I did not always agree with what seemed to be a barrage of liberal...
Professional Values: Priceless; It's Our Educational Mission, Not Merely Our Marketing, That Will Secure Librarianship's Cultural Cachet in the 21st Century
A fundamental transformation is now under-way in libraries of all types throughout the United States--the deprofessionalization of librarianship. Consider the following textbook cases of the process theories of professionalism, which stress that maintaining...
Reciprocal Borrowing Arrangements Widespread
Libraries report a great deal of information about staffing and services, yet we know little about reciprocal borrowing activity within and between states. [GRAPHIC OMITTED] In September 2004, ALA's Office for Research and Statistics sent a three-question...
Referenda Roundup, 2004: Good News for Many Libraries
Although there were some dramatic failures and near misses, voters in many communities throughout the United States showed strong support November 2 for local library budget increases and building projects. Two notable successes were in Stark County,...
Retirement and Recruitment: A Deeper Look
Nearly three years ago, American Libraries sounded an alarm about the need to bolster recruitment efforts with an article titled "Reaching 65: Lots of Librarians Will Be There Soon" (Mar. 2002, p. 55-56), based on data from the 1990 census--the most...
Silence Is Olden: Some Patrons Long for a Noiseless Sanctuary. Others, Including Many Librarians, Go to Noisy Lengths to Reject the Stereotypical Shushers of Old. Is There Room for the Sound of Silence in a Bustling, Modern Library?
A "shushing" contest brought Children's Book Week to a close at the Albany Public Library in Oregon. A 9-year-old boy was the audience favorite when he made a sound described as a leaky balloon. Given a choice of coupons from a local taco restaurant...
Straight Answers from Kerry Healey
Having successfully cochaired a recent campaign to rebuild her city's library--raising over $1 million in private funds and grants--Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey knows a thing or two about advocacy. She will share some of that knowledge...
Technically Speaking: Lemonade from Lemons
One of the truisms of systems librarianship is that technical solutions are almost always easier than political or policy solutions. Let me give you an example; It is relatively simple to devise a patron look-up system for credentialing reciprocal...
The More Things Change ... an Annual Report from 1933
In the midst of the Great Depression, the Minneapolis Public Library was hard-pressed to serve its public, as evidenced by Director Gratia Country man's annual report for 1933. Countryman spoke to many of the same budget concerns that librarians have...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"An analogy would be a librarian buying books for the bookshelf. We Are Your Neighbors was just one 26-minute show out of 8,700 hours of programming. We are just presenting a point of view. This is just one book on a shelf of thousands of books." South...
What We Can Learn from Junk TV-And Vice Versa
Yes, it was juvenile and pretty silly. But, of course, it was supposed to be. Judging by the buzz that preceded TNT's December 5 airing of The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, some people expected it to be something else, some kind of definitive statement...
Will's World: Fruit-Fondling Tips 101
Thirty years ago, when I was a young library director in a small Wisconsin town, I botched my first hiring--an opening for a circulation clerk. After interviewing all of the candidates and checking the references of the best three, I selected a man...
Working Knowledge: The Great Director Search
Q I am president of the board of trustees for a medium-size public library. We need to replace our retiring director next year and are considering contracting with an executive search firm. Naturally, we're very concerned about what we can afford in...