American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, February

Bowing to Staff Protests, LC Removes Slavery Exhibition
In response to protests from African-American staff members who were offended by its content, the Library of Congress abruptly removed an exhibit on slavery on southern plantations. Coming shortly after the library postponed an exhibition on Sigmund...
Brain and Mind Awry
As a wonky nine-year-old, I remember popping the plastic cranium of my cherished Visible Man model to get a closer look at the convoluted, multi-lobed gizmo which lay nestled inside. I also recall wondering how the little gray lump in my hand could,...
Copyright Could Be Wrong
Three years ago I proposed a solution to the problem of rising serials costs: academic institutions taking over the business of publishing the learned literature (AL, Mar. 1993, p. 272-273). Since that time, it has occurred to me that there is also a...
Intimate World, Intimate Workplace: How the Association of Research Libraries and ALA Are Strengthening Their Commitment to Diversity
HOW THE ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH LIBRARIES AND ALA ARE STRENGTHENING THEIR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY Kriza Jennings is no stranger to ALA. As an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) consultant and now ARL Program Officer for Diversity and Minority Recruitment,...
Java: The Third Wave of the Internet
Are you already scrambling to keep up with developments related to the Internet? Hold on to your hat: Java is here. Java isn't just another pretty interface; it's a harbinger of what has been called the "third wave" of the internet. A programming language...
Librarians Guide Director Down New Road to Morocco; an Up-and-Coming Filmmaker Gets Advice - and Inspiration - from Three Media Librarians
One of my first encounters with a librarian came when I was 8 years old and searching the shelves of my school library in Schenectady, New York, for a book on my hero, Kit Carson. Not finding it, I got angry at the person who I felt had arranged the...
Libraries Break Anonymity Barrier
"READ USA' PARTNERS LIBRARIES AND THE AMERICAN LEGION TO HELP REACH HIDDEN POPULATIONS OF ILLITERATE ADULTS Efforts to solve the problem of adult illiteracy in recent decades have been extensive, but those who grapple with the problem agree that less...
National Library of Bosnia: To Restore or Memorialize?
Will the grand Austro-Hungarian structure that until four years ago housed the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina ever be restored to its former Euro-arabesque splendor? It's a question that is generating disagreement, even while...
NII Panel Urges Schools and Libraries to Go Online
President Clinton's Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure has recommended that communities push their schools and libraries onto the information superhighway by the year 2000. "We know it's going to happen anyway in 15 to 20 years,"...
Palm Beach Official Embraces Joint-Use Trend
Add another voice to the nationwide chorus of cost-conscious government officials calling for the merging of public and school library services. In affluent Palm Beach County, Florida, County Commission Vice-Chair Burt Aaronson has proposed building...
Paris Library Celebrates 75 Years by Taking Aim at the 21st Century
In Paris, there is what Ernest Hemingway might have called a clean, well-lighted place. To Americans who are drawn to the city for its literary connections, who have visited Hemingway's haunts, walked the streets where James Joyce walked, and strolled...
Schomburg of the South: The Auburn Avenue Research Library
In 1931 Langston Hughes published Dear Lovely Death, a slim volume of poetry that reveals the writer's insight into death and suicide. Only 100 copies of the priceless volume were printed, of which only a few have survived over time. One of those copies...
Students Sound off on the Internet: The Librarians of Tomorrow Voice Their Opinions on the Technology of the Future
We expected the pair of articles on the Internet in our November 1995 issue ("Auto Aces or Accident Victims: Librarians on the Info Superhighway' by Jeannette A. Woodward, p. 1016-1018, and "Sanctifying the Internet" by Carla List, p. 1019-1022) to generate...
The Truth about Reference Librarians
Last year "Will's World" surveyed catalogers about their likes, dislikes, fantasies, and foibles (AL, Jan. 1995, p. 79). This year our focus is on reference librarians. Over 3,500 of them responded to the survey I ran in my July/Aug. 1995 column (p....