American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 7, July-August

Canadian Librarians Explore Ways to Deliver the Goods in Tough Times
To say that librarians attending the 49th Canadian Library Association conference in Vancouver June 14-18 had a riot would not be a mere metaphor: The news of Vancouver's loss to New York in the National Hockey League finals led to street violence...
Catalogers, We Hardly Know Ye
It was good news/bad news a few months ago when I went out to my mailbox to get the Apr. 4 issue of the New Yorker. The good news was that the lead story was about libraries; the bad news was that it was devoted entirely to cataloging. How could this...
Executive Reading
Last May, Quick Bibs was devoted to a list of crime novels intended to offer President Clinton both entertainment and bibliotherapy. The idea of telling powerful people what they ought to read is a beguiling one, so we thought we'd try again, this...
Expanding Access to Information with Z39.50
The vast amount of information that is now available online is a truly exciting development. Books, newspapers, and journals are available electronically via the Internet. Libraries worldwide provide their catalogs and abstract databases online. Unfortunately,...
In Hot Miami Beach ALA's Temperature Went Way Down
ALA's 1994 Annual conference, held June 23-30 in Miami Beach, may well be remembered as its unlucky 113th. Long distances between hotels and meetings, expensive cab rides, heat and humidity, and erratic service prevented many attendees from enjoying...
Mich. State Librarian Guilty of Harassment, Dismissed
James Fry, the state librarian of Michigan, was relieved of his duties June 30 following a guilty verdict in a sexual harassment suit brought by Joan C. Smith, the library's director of special projects. An Ingham County Circuit Court jury found Fry...
Reference Services in the Virtual Library
We couldn't find anyone in 1994 10 write about this topic, so we brought Judy Myer back from the year 2000 to report to US. --the editors I,'m delighted t, bring you this report, from the future. Once I returned to 1994, I discovered that...
The Information Universe: Will We Have Chaos or Control?
There is a rumor abroad in the land that goes something like this: In the electronic library of the future we will no longer need technical services librarians. In November 1992, Newsday carried a long two-part article by Joshua Quittner about the...
Undoing the Legacy of the Soviet Era
What was a Soviet-era library director to do when she needed a new furnace for her old building? From her city in western Ukraine she went to Moscow to plead the issue. Even though the furnace cost 1 million rubles and had to be brought from Hungary,...