American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 7, August

An ALA First: LITA/LAMA National Conference
"Transforming Libraries: Leadership and Technology for the Information Age" is the theme of the Library and Information Technology Association and the Library Administration and Management Association's national conference, to be held in Pittsburgh,...
And the Winner Is Harry Davis
Readers of American Libraries, I am proud of you, very proud. You responded with enthusiasm to my column on the importance of janitors (March, p. 112). In fact, 267 of you submitted nominations for the first Willie Award, honoring important library people...
A Used-Car Guide to Z39.50
For all but the most technically adept librarians, attempting to select databases or services for library use that comply with the Z39.50 ANSI standard for information retrieval is a lot like buying a used car in a foreign country. You've bought cars...
Booksellers' Convention Is Librarians' Well-Kept Secret
An exhibit hall bursting with row upon row of booths displaying the latest in books, CD-ROMs, and other software; thousands of eager browsers crowding the aisles; long lines awaiting autographs from bestselling authors; and, off the exhibits floor,...
"But We're Family Friendly Already": How to Respond to the Challenge
First it was Madonna's Sex book, then it was Daddy's Roommate, now it's the Internet. These and other challenges to library materials are certainly not new or unfamiliar occurrences. What is new is the target: organized groups across the country are...
Bytes from the Big Apple Exhibits
In spite of the controversy surrounding the choice of New York for this year's Annual Conference, the Javits Convention Center itself worked well as an exhibit hall. Not only was it able to house all the exhibits on one level and in a single large...
Canadian Library Association Sails into Its Future in Halifax
"Smooth sailing" describes the 50th annual Canadian Library Association conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 5-9. The 1,100 delegates enjoyed a downhome Maritimes ceilidh (key-lee) party and excellent sessions and exhibits, and heard about...
Chicago's New Literature
Chicago's New Literature Literature is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about Chicago. The NBA championship winning Bulls are a more obvious claim to fame, along with the blues, and Chicago's propensity for corruption...
Criticism Follows Hoopla at New San Francisco Library
The dust, or more precisely the grime, has settled on San Francisco's new central public library, following its spectacular opening April 18. A backlash over funding, staffing, policies, and the new facility itself has sullied the library's slick and...
Designing Personal Safety into Library Buildings
Our mental image of a "library" does not entail jarring pictures of violence, danger, fear, or anxiety. On the contrary, people generally perceive libraries as tranquil places for spending one's time in contemplation or study. Library staff and patrons,...
Federal Court Rejects Communications Decency Act
In a unanimous decision, a federal district court panel declared the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional June 12, blocking the law's enforcement. The panel declared the law a "profoundly repugnant" affront to the First Amendment, stating that...
Getting the Royal Treatment: An Ace Reporter Reveals the Secret to Her Success: A Long Line of Reference Librarians Fit for a Queen
It's been more than who cuts the grass first came to me with a year now since the gentleman at my weekend cottage on Long a story about some "old photographs" he had found in the attic of a house he'd owned years before in Westhampton Beach. They were...
Good Ideas
Oldie but goodie. Target the local oldies radio station and have them salute another oldie--your library. Our message focused on the variety of services the library offers and asked questions such as "Who do you know that is 125 years old and has Rolling...
Hacked!
Imagine that somebody steps into your house through an open window. They find your house keys, make copies of them, toss some of their stuff into one of your closets, and walk out the front door. What have you lost, exactly? Nothing but your peace...
Here Today, Here Tomorrow: The Imperative of Collections Security
THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS RESPONDS TO INCREASING SECURITY THREATS AND THE GROWING PRESSURE TO SECURE LC'S TREASURES As the Library of Congress prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building next year, the...
Interview with a PR Pro
Marcia Schneider has been with the San Francisco Library System for 22 years, first as a librarian, as the community relations officer and now chief of branches, outreach and community relations. She recently oversaw the grand opening of a new main library,...
Librarians: Caretakers or Crimefighters?
When high-value assets, high technology, and limited resources mesh in an expansive, labyrinth-like environment, a secure climate is difficult to achieve. And nothing weighs heavier on a library's reputation than a well-publicized security scandal...
The Best Show on Broadway: ALA Conference Is Full of Surprises
FEATURING OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY SPEAKERS, EXHIBITORS, AND TAXI DRIVERS, ALA IN NEW YORK ALSO SAW AN UNEXPECTED CASTING CHANGE AFTER THE FINAL CURTAIN The show is over, and reviewers are calling ALA's Annual Conference in New York City a hit....