American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 4, April

A Choice of Futures: Is It Libraries versus Information?
WHAT THE DISPUTE OVER GRADUATE EDUCATION MEANS FOR LIBRARIANSHIP Last year, in an interesting contrast, the editors of the two most influential magazines for librarians expressed concerns on the transformation of schools of library and information...
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An Outsider's Thoughts on the Education of Librarians
A "PUBLIC" MEMBER OF ALA'S COMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION DISCOVERS SOME CHALLENGING BUT DISTURBING TRENDS My recent completion of a two-year term as a "public" member of ALA's Committee on Accreditation (COA) has led me to reflect on that experience...
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Book Drop Technology - 10 Years Ahead of Its Time
We library commentators enjoy writing about the "vision thing." We love to speculate about the future of the book, what third-millennium libraries will look like, and at what point in the course of the 21st century the word "library" will have become...
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Collection Development: Enemy of the Swift and Stingy
The fuss about outsourcing isn't over yet. Contracts are being negotiated, deals still being made. Meanwhile, ALA has agreed that a study on the impact of outsourcing is in order (AL, Mar., p. 83). What seems to have been lost at this stage of the...
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Consultant Calls W. Va. Library Funding a "Crisis."
West Virginia communities spend less per person on their public libraries than all but one state in the country, creating a funding "crisis of major proportions," according to a consultant hired to study the state's public libraries. The report by...
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Countdown to a New Library: A Blueprint for Success
CHOOSING FURNISHINGS, FLOORING, COLOR, AND AMBIENCE IS NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED Although the furnishings and floor coverings in a library serve an important purpose, their practical functions can easily be forgotten by those project participants...
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E-Book Vendor Debuts
In late March netLibrary launched an Internet-based e-book service to libraries. The service allows library patrons to search e-books online, view their full-text content, and check them out by downloading them to PCs using netLibrary client software...
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Filtering Behavior Instead of Speech
Many of us have wrestled with the creation of an acceptable-use policy for public Internet terminals in our libraries. One of the most difficult problems in drafting such a policy is the question of how to deal with a patron who is viewing material...
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Honoring Advances in Architecture: The AIA/ALA Buildings Awards
WINNING BUILDINGS INCLUDE TWO RESTORATIONS AND FOUR NEW FACILITIES The six winning buildings in the 19th Library Buildings Awards reaffirm the importance of the social role of the library' in the community. Ranging from a small neighborhood branch...
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How Community Spirit - and Dollars - Are Saving Savannah's Carnegies
Many of the venerated Carnegie libraries in the U.S. have been torn down or converted to other purposes. In Savannah, a city world renowned for its historic charm, splendid live oak trees, and magnificent structures, such disrespect would be downright...
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Moving Day: An Exercise in Mind and Matter
MOVING AND RELABELING 2.1 MILLION BOOKS BECOMES A GAME OF CHESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY When you delve into the pleasantly deliberate world of bound books and records, microfilm, periodicals, and maps, their care and movement from one repository...
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Net Filter Firms Meet with Symons
ALA President Ann Symons hosted an all-day meeting at ALA Headquarters in Chicago March 12 with representatives of a dozen manufacturers of filtering software. She held the meeting "to provide a forum for discussion of ALA's concerns about the use...
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Open Letter from the ALA President
TO: Jeanne Thorsen, chair, National Library Week Committee; Cheryl Towne, president, ALA Student Chapter, Drexel University Dear Jeanne and Cheryl, First, I want to thank you, Cheryl, and your fellow students for staffing the National Library...
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Reaching Critical Mass: Off-Site Storage in the Digital Age
RESEARCH COLLECTIONS HAVE SEEN THE PAPERLESS SOCIETY, AND IT IS A FIGMENT OF SOMEONE'S IMAGINATION In January 1985, Harvard University hired Dill and Company to develop more efficient ways to store inactive books from the university's vast library...
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San Diego Voters Trounce Library Sales-Tax Measure
Disappointed San Diego County Library boosters are chalking up voters' resounding defeat of Proposition L on March 2 to bad timing and a lucky anti-tax opponent. The measure, which would have infused $423 million into the holdings and technology of...
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Senate Holds Hearing on Filtering Mandate
The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing March 4 on a bill requiring schools and libraries that receive federal e-rate subsidies for Internet connections to install Internet filtering software (AL, Mar., p. 10). Candace Morgan, associate director...
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The Elements of Marvin
Two years ago I had the privilege of interviewing Marvin Scilken for a column ("Desperately Seeking Marvin," June 1997, p. 116). Among his many claims to fame, Marvin, during and after his long career as a public library director, was the editor of...
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This Month 100 Years Ago
. . . ALA was preparing for a conference in Atlanta, its first in the Deep South. Planning had gone smoothly until someone asked if a session on the library's role in the education of African Americans might not be suitable for the conference. ALA...
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