American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 10, November

A Community Mirror: Reflections on the Color of Librarianship
"NOT TYPICAL" LIBRARIANS ARE ACTUALLY VERY TYPICAL OF A FAST-CHANGING POPULATION A story on National Public Radio one morning in September announced that the population of the Chicago metropolitan area - not just the city, but the six-county metropolitan...
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A First Time for Everything in Azerbaijan
In this particular country, a visit with a library executive board includes purchasing a live sheep at market and barbecuing it in a country glen; then board members and American guests retire to an old Russian Caspian resort where they sleep five...
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A Warning about the Teaching of Evolution in Kansas
When the Kansas State Board of Education voted August 11 to remove evolution from a two-page set of standards written by scientists, they probably could not have imagined the storm of protest their action would cause. The New York Times, the television...
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Children's Access: Protection or Preparation?
FAMILY FRIENDLY LIBRARIES' KAREN JO GOUNAUD (RIGHT) AND ALA INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM COMMITTEE MEMBER CARRIE GARDNER TACKLE A THORNY ISSUE Open access to library materials for young patrons is a hotly contested principle of contemporary librarianship....
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Cite-Seeing in New Jersey
THE STATE LIBRARY'S CITATION/LOCATION SERVICE MAKES BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETECTION MORE SUCCESSFUL When I was a library assistant at Princeton University's Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, I was in charge of preorder bibliographic searching, making...
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E-Book Conference Illuminates Issues
The second annual Electronic Book Conference, sponsored and hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, September 21-22. Among the 600 attendees were several dozen representatives from the library...
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Galloping New Ignorance, Watchdogs, and the Enlightenment Syndrome
THESE MENACES POSE THREATS TO THE MISSION OF LIBRARIES Ignorance about the value and capability of libraries gallops at an alarming pace. This Galloping New Ignorance (GNI) operates at a much higher level of significance than Old Ignorance (OI),...
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I Love Y2k
When I first heard about the technological apocalypse commonly referred to as Y2K, I was as worried as everyone else. The specter of sudden and shocking breakdowns in our electrical, mechanical, and communications systems, and the looming threat of...
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Look Backward, Look Forward: Faces of the Fin De Siecle
At least every hundred years, this column will ask the question: Where are we going, and where have we been? John Kupersmith maintains the "Internet Branch" of the Washoe County (Nev.) Public Library - an imaginative, attractive Web site chockfull...
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Queens Borough Taps "Reservoir of Goodwill"
To celebrate his 50th birthday, Stuart Applebaum, a senior vice-president at Random House, gave away $150,000 of his own money. The biggest chunk went to the Queens Library Foundation, which received a $100,000 donation. Charities chosen by the 50...
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Soothing Words Often Begin with "L"
Like "love," "laughter," and "lullaby," beautiful words in English often begin with the letter "L." For many people, "library" has that same soothing quality. That's one of the reasons I find it ironic that we often now refer to it as the "L" word,...
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The Coolness Factor: Ten Libraries Listen to Youth
TEENS TELL LIBRARIES WHAT THEY MUST DO TO CHANGE THEIR IMAGE It goes without saying that libraries have a long way to go in becoming "cool" to many teens. When the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund launched its Public Libraries as Partners in...
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This Month, 37 Years Ago
Equity of access for a particular group of patrons was debated by public library trustees in rural Pennsylvania. Two months later they made public their decision to ban junior and senior high-school students from using the library's reference and reading...
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Web Regulation Battles Heat Up
TWO VICTORIES BOLSTER THE ARGUMENT THAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE FREE FROM GOVERNMENT CONTROL, BUT THE WAR IS FAR FROM OVER Two recent incidents involving the Internet and software caused hardly a ripple in the mainstream press, but what happened could...
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We Call Them Libraries: What the "L" Word Means to Me
A LIBRARY LEADER LOOKS AT THE SEMANTICS OF THE PROFESSION A miracle happens when schools and colleges want bond money or tax overrides, at least in California: Media centers and learning resource centers miraculously turn into libraries. Why?...
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