American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, February

Apes
We study them, we make friends of them, we imagine them as larger-than-life villains, we alternately revere or abhor our genetic connection to them, but one way or another, we can't seem to get apes out of our lives. Most of all, we write about them....
'Daddy's Roommate' vs. 'Alfie's Home': Round Two
In a previous column (AL, Oct., p. 880) I asked whether libraries should balance Daddy's Roommate, a controversial children's book that features a loving and supportive father who happens to be gay, with Alfie's Home, another controversial children's...
Making a Difference: African-American Leaders Rap about Libraries
Six prominent figures tell how libraries have shaped their lives and those of the black community. Watch Carole Simpson as anchor of ABC's World News Sunday or on assignment covering an important domestic or international issue, and it's hard to imagine...
Mayor Demands Library Turn over $1-Million Reserve
In an apparent attempt to politicize the city's public library, the mayor of Calumet City, Ill., has wrested control of the library board, much to the anger of many residents, in order to take the library's $1-million reserve fund and place it in the...
New Postal Rates Take Toll on Interlibrary Loan Service
Ramifications of the large increase in postal rates for library materials that went into effect Jan. 1 (AL, Dec. 1994, p. 976) are now hitting libraries across the country. Costs for mailing books have gone up from 66 cents a pound to $1.12 (with increments...
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Setting Up an Olympic Games Library
Assembling the library for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta is an Olympian task that offers some gratifying laurels. Running hurdles, the 50-yard dash, Rand weight-lifting. No, these are not simply sports in which athletes will compete in the 1996 Summer...
The Fund for America's Libraries
An independent fundraising arm will help ALA provide "a margin of excellence for libraries and librarianship." When ALA Executive Director Elizabeth Martinez unveiled ALA Goal 2000 (AL, Jan., p. 17-21), most Association members understandably focused...
Thy're Baa-Aack! or, a Spendid Wake for a Corporate Suicide, Part Two
Gordon & Breach, the European publisher of science journals, is making news again. The last time the company did so was in 1990, when they sued physicist Henry Barschall, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and the American Physical Society...
What Makes Cecil Adams the World's Greatest Reference Librarian?
He's "a cross between Don Rickles and the Library of Congress" and one of the hottest dinner guests in town. Imagine you're sitting at the reference desk. It's been a slow Thursday evening. In the last few minutes you directed a couple of students to...