American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 6, June-July

ALA Councilors Elected
Thirty-four members have been elected to Council for three-year terms (34 for 2008-11 and one for 2008-09) in results announced May 2. Elected councilors and vote totals are: * Nancy H. Allen, dean and director, Penrose Library, University of Denver,...
ALA Executive Board: Financial Update, Corporate Membership Highlight Spring Agenda
ALA has sidestepped the economic storm in terms of its investment income, at least for now, according to a Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) report to the Executive Board during its Spring Meeting April 11-13 in Chicago. Treasurer Rod...
ALA's Stand on Cuba's Independent Libraries: The Association Opposes Both Censorship and Embargo
For almost 10 years, Friends of Cuban Libraries has advocated tirelessly on behalf of what have become known as Cuba's "independent libraries." Led by a New York Public Library librarian named Robert Kent, the group has used blogs, e-mails, letters,...
Be Outstanding in Your Field Work: Help Shape the Future of Librarianship by Supervising Student Interns
You can help to educate the next generation of librarians and shape the future of our profession without getting a PhD, without becoming a professor, without even leaving your library. How? By being a worksite supervisor for fieldwork students. ...
Camila Alire Wins 2009-2010 ALA Presidency
Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, has been elected 2009-10 ALA president. Alire received 8,956 of the total 16,058 votes cast for president and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect...
Circle of Wellness: Half-Way/summer Moon Months: Abitaa-Niibini-Giizis
Libraries are blessed with a workforce that includes many vibrant individuals who are creating and coping with changes in our community demographics, services, buildings, and ourselves. Like many others, we have to work to create healthy lifestyles....
Currents
* Lydia Acosta, director of East Baton Rouge (La.) Public Library, has resigned to become vice president of information services and university librarian at Nova South-eastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Floridia * Marjorie Baker has been promoted...
Economic Crisis Hits Libraries Nationwide
Funding crises in municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast are raising the prospect of cutbacks in public library services, ranging from staff layoffs to branch closings. Although many of the cuts are still in the proposal stage, others have...
Experience Is Best Teacher at Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has launched an immersive "Library of Congress Experience" that offers visitors unique historical and cultural treasures brought to life through cutting-edge interactive technology and a companion website. The LC Experience...
Global Reach
IRELAND (1) Outgoing Prime Minister Bertie Ahern told the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston May 2 that his government would donate $2 million to help create an Irish Heritage Collection for its digital archives. The gift will also support...
Gulfport Group Fights for Pre-Kiatrina Library
Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, a determined group of architectural preservationists in Gulfport, Mississippi, is fighting to save Harrison County (Miss.) Public Library's devastated Gulfport Public Library...
How I Got the Last Laugh: Library Humorists Will Never Find Themselves on the Shelf
Now that I am no longer a working librarian, I have a bit of an identity problem. It's not that I am struggling with the fact that I am unemployed. Actually I have no problem at all with telling people that I am retired. As proud as I am to have been...
How the World Sees Us
"[Eric Clapton] used to look so cool and sexy and I can't see that in him now. He looks as if he spends his time in a library boning up on all kinds of wonderful information. It's very odd, he's a bit of a chameleon but he's changed radically now."...
Internet Archive Wins NSL Challenge
"I'm grateful that I am able now to talk about what happened to me, so that other libraries can learn how they can fight back from these over-reaching demands," Internet Archive founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle stated May 7, two days after...
In the Library: The Idea of the Library Has Always Been Bigger Than the Building
Have I mentioned lately how much I love my libraries? I'm a very proud and satisfied holder of library cards from three great systems: the University of Washington, Seattle Public Library, and King County Library System. Each gives me great service...
In the Name of Service: Support Staff Find Fulfillment despite Low Wages
The first library director for whom I worked made a comment during the interview for my first library position. She said, "No one looking to get rich off the work they do will ever be looking for work in the library field." That one statement has never...
Judge in Harry Potter Suit Urges Settlement
The judge hearing British author J.K. Rowling's copyright-infringement lawsuit against an unauthorized Harry Potter encyclopedia urged both sides to settle the case April 17. On the final day of the three-day trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan,...
Librarians Library: Comic Book Confidential
In 1954, Congressional hearings on juvenile delinquency devoted two days to discussing comic books and the threat they posed to decency and order. In the wake of the hearings more than half of the comic books on newsstands disappeared. "The panic over...
Mesa Schools Eye Eliminating All Certified Library Media Specialists
The Mesa (Ariz.) Public School District is on the verge of eliminating all 87 of its school library media specialist positions over the next three years and replacing them with support staff. Faced with an estimated $20-million reduction in its 2008-09...
My Kind of Memoir
I'm ambivalent about the current furor over memoirs that bend the truth or even fabricate it altogether. Don't get me wrong. I certainly do believe that if you're going to write an autobiographical memoir about your experiences in a concentration camp...
Newsmaker
American Libraries: What is the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook? LANCE ARMSTRONG: The foundation created the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook to give access to cancer information to everyone, despite their economic or social status. We also wanted...
Reading Rooms Online: Browsing Current Literature in the 21st Century
Years ago, students and faculty spent lots of time in periodical reading rooms, looking over the recent literature in their field. Now, many libraries are phasing out their print journal collections as more and more become available online. Many of...
Sexual-Materials Laws Challenged in Oregon
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation have joined 13 other plaintiffs in challenging two state laws that criminalize the provision of "sexually explicit" materials to minors....
"Step Up to the Plate" Launches in Alabama
ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame launched the third season of "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" April 4 in Mobile, Alabama with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith on hand to help kick off the Campaign for America's Libraries' national program....
Storyville: Est. 2008, Pop. Yes!
Anew town has been founded in Baltimore County, Maryland. Unobservant drivers might pass right by. No one actually lives there, but once they see it, visitors don't ever want to leave. It's called Storyville, the colorful, child-sized village specially...
Surveying Our Domain: Plugging into Our Professional Perceptions of Technology
Terms for various technologies buzz and compete for the attention of youth services professionals. Do we need Wii? What about a wiki? Acting on the potential for tech toys and tools to keep young people coming through library doors has become the new...
This and That: Holding Down Two Dream Careers at Once
While attending a professor's retirement party, I met a new librarian who told of an interesting discovery. She had struggled with deciding whether to become a high school librarian or find work in an academic setting. Then she discovered a position...
To Your Health
ALA President Loriene Roy has made workplace wellness a major theme of her year at the Association's helm, and in this, the final issue of American Libraries during her presidency, she talks about why the path to good health is logically a crucial...
Your Circle of Wellness: The Road to Wellness Winds through Physical, Social, Environmental, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Occupational Realms
Ham says she grew up in a household full of smokers. "Both parents and every adult I knew were smokers; "even my older siblings started smoking by the time they started high school. I never did take up smoking myself, but I was definitely a chain second-hand...