American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 10, November

Librarian Resigns after Flak over Howard Stern's Book
A Texas librarian who lost her job after ordering Howard Stern's controversial, bestselling autobiography, Private Parts, received some high-level support when the shock jock took up her cause in a joint appearance with the librarian on the Donahue...
Librarians' Salaries: Moving Upward at a Higher Rate
Between April 1993 and April 1994, the average salary for librarians increased 3.65%--a slightly higher percentage than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the June 1994 Monthly Labor Review. A...
Libraries, Censorship, and Social Protest
American society has long supported a tradition of social protest as one of the First Amendment liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. At the same time, our culture has largely resisted governmental censorship of information as a relic of the...
Post-Building Depression Syndrome: A Minnie-Splendored Thing
Dear Will, I am worried about my library director, Edwina. She has just successfully completed a $10-million main-library building project, and she should be reveling in the glory of such a major accomplishment. As her secretary I have a very close...
Star Gazing
The recent hoopla over the publication of Marlon Brando's autobiography sets one to thinking about the whole question of actors as celebrities. We love the characters they play, yet we're crazy to learn about who they really are. Assuming we'd be disappointed...
The Leaders' Tour
Public library administrators can create a public relations coup by making "insiders" of community leaders. Showing influential members of the community the complexity and sophistication of the library's behind-the-scenes actions is a good first step...
Two Fairy Tales and Two Reality Checks
Fairy Tale #1: The little boy shouted, "But the emperor doesn't have any clothes on." The end. Reality Check #1: In the unexpurgated version of this story you discover that after the little boy made his famous observation he was grabbed by the emperor's...