American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 9-10, September-October

A Century of Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Strategic nurturing "to try to make the world in some way better than you found it" In 1911, Andrew Carnegie created his last and largest philanthropic institution, Carnegie Corporation of New York, to promote international peace and advance education...
ALA Award Winners Standing at the Pinnacle
The individuals and libraries shown here have been singled out by their peers for their extraordinary achievements. These are the highest and most prestigious awards given by the American Library Association, but they are only a handful of the 200-plus...
A Librarian's Primer on the Debt-Ceiling Deal
Now that the debate over raising the debt ceiling is over and the smoke is beginning to clear, the question remains: What does this really mean? And, more specifically, what does this mean for libraries? First, a recap: With little time to spare,...
A Library Home for Poetry Opens in Chicago
The new library of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago has a simple goal. "The mission of the library echoes that of the foundation: To place the best poetry in front of the most people," explains Librarian Katherine Litwin. But poetry can have a reputation...
Avoiding the Path to Obsolescence: Riches-to-Rags Tales in the Retail Business Hold Lessons for Libraries
Blockbuster was much in the news last fall, though not in the favorable light it once enjoyed. The cultural phenomenon and former stock market darling that once prospered through aggressive marketing, savvy exploitation of technology, and keen insights...
Broadcast Collaboration: A Look Inside the NPR Library
"Remind me how to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull?" "What music should I play for a piece about polar bears?" "David Hasselhoff--singing at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Can you find tape?" Welcome to a typical day at the National Public Radio library...
Emerging Leaders: Pointing to the Future: Participants Gain Experience through Association Projects
Newcomers to the profession are getting a boost toward leadership, thanks to ALA's Emerging Leaders program. Emerging Leaders aims to put participants on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership by offering learning, networking, and volunteer...
General Information
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION If you have a special physical or communication need that may impact your participation in this meeting, please contact Carrie Mehrhoff, cmehrhoff@ala.org, to specify your special need. While every effort will be made to...
Global Reach
CANADA (1) Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London went on strike September 8. The 51 members of the bargaining unit had worked with management since April 26 to renew the group's contract, which ended June 30. The...
How the World Sees Us
"I often wonder why all librarians, regardless of their sex, appear so grim? Wouldn't you think that beneficiaries of possibly the best job in the world, who have access to a wealth of knowledge, should have amiable countenances? But that's not the...
Investing in the Future: Planned Giving Makes a Difference
Library organizations have developed over the past decade an expanding focus on resource attraction--not just allocating funds effectively to advance strategic priorities and support member services, but also bringing in new revenue through market...
Librarians and the Threat to Free Political Speech: Why Librarians Should Back the Citizens United Decision
As librarians, we support freedom of speech and freedom of access.to information. In early 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that increased these freedoms. Known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the decision declared...
Libraries Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
A as many as 200 librarians were working in or near the World Trade Center and the Pentagon when the terrorist attacks took place September 11, 3001. Four librarians died on that tragic day--library consultant Lynn Edwards Angell, Helen Belilovsky...
Library's Online Donation Page Targeted by Credit-Card Hackers
At the request of the FBI, Brighton (Mich.) District Library Director Nancy Johnson is spreading a cautionary word to library colleagues about a series of illegal attempts to hack credit card accounts by testing them on her library's online - donation...
Main Street Public Library: Study Challenges Traditional Assumptions, about Libraries' Roles in the Community
One day in the mid-1990s Doug Zweizig and I were having lunch on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, where we both taught. I was contemplating a history of the small-town American public library. I told him. but wanted a fresh perspective....
Millsap, Stripling Seek 2013-14 ALA Presidency
Gina J. Millsap, chief executive officer of the Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library, and Barbara K. Stripling, currently director of school library services for the New York City Department of Education and who will become assistant professor...
Networking without Pity: Let's Face It: Your Reputation Still Precedes You
I'm working on a new house project. It's one of the most complicated projects that I've ever taken on. There are a million details, from the size of the window jambs to the energy rating of the glass in the windows. The construction universe is...
Newsmaker: James Nguo
The Arid Lands Information Network has been helping residents of isolated communities in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to create and share knowledge to improve their lives for the past decade. Its Maarifa centers help farmers improve crop yields and...
Open Source, Open Mind: Evaluating Open Source and Proprietary Software
I've been a big advocate of open source software since I learned about the model of software licensing and development 10 years ago. I am a big believer that many minds produce great things, so the idea that a community of users would develop and improve...
Registration, Travel & Housing Information: What's Included with Your Full Registration
Sign up for full registration to take advantage of all the great meetings in Dallas. Included in the full the registration package you get access to the exhibit hall, discussion groups and meetings, ERT/Booklist Author Forum; ALA President's Program,...
Rousing Reads: The Problem with Sports Novels
Most sports novels, especially the kind that follow a team or an individual through a season of play, face a built-in problem: The drama and suspense usually rides on the team's success or failure as it moves through the season and plays the inevitable...
Talk to Teens: They're Still Listening
About a decade ago, libraries were talking to teens about what would make the public library a cooler place. The results of these conversations were captured in Elaine Meyers's article "The Coolness Factor" (American Libraries, Nov. 1999) and informed...
The Big Easy Revisited: New Orleans Represents How Libraries Rebuild Communities
Returning to New Orleans for the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference this year was both rewarding and emotional for many of us. Five years earlier, we traveled to Louisiana less than a year after the devastating hurricanes and massive...
The Lowdown on STEM: A Formula for Luring Teens toward Science and Math
Ed. note: This is the first in a series of guest columns on an aspect of youth services. Every week I have at least one conversation about how schools and libraries are working to support STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching...
Travel & Housing Information
General Parking The Dallas Convention Center's parking facilities earn rave reviews because they are so expansive. Two separate parking garages that can accommodate 1,200 parking spaces are located beneath the main level of exhibit space at the...
Using Web Analytics Well: Track How Well Your Library Serves Patrons Online
Are your website visitors doing what you expect them to do or what you want them to do? Are they following the path you thought they would follow when you designed your menu system? Are visitors to your digital-library page finding the link to historical...
What's Gone Is Gone: Haunted by Losses That We Can't Document
I wasn't intending to write a "9/11" column, really. The 10th - anniversary rumblings have already begun as I write this, and I've started to ponder what I'll do on the actual day (apart from pulling the covers over my head and muting the inevitable...