American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 10, November

After the Flood, Colorado State Reaps a Harvest of Invention
A NEW SYSTEM GIVES USERS QUICK INTERLIBRARY ACCESS TO JOURNAL ARTICLES Morgan Library at Colorado State University. (CSU) faced an extraordinary challenge in 1997. A disastruous flood in July that year (AL, Sept. 1997, p. 16) damaged almost 500,000...
And We Wonder about Our Image!
When I first encountered it more than a decade and a half ago, I thought it was one of those anachronisms one comes upon in life; you know, like Madison, Wisconsin, in the late '90s looking for all the world like a hilarious caricature of late-'60s...
Ban Bawdy Behavior, Not Bytes
The news stories that cross our desks at American Libraries are as varied as the people that frequent libraries. They range from such heartwarming fare as a 4-year-old hawking hot dogs for a capital campaign (see p. 18) to unsettling tales such as...
Breaking out of the Box: Reinventing a Juvenile-Center Library
DEPLOYING SPACE AND SERVICES TO BEST ADVANTAGE IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING CONFINED MINDS Libraries are portals to new worlds. They serve up possibility, learning, and, in a word, freedom. In this sense libraries run counter to the spirit and intent...
Chapter Report: Howdy, Hola, Aloha, and a Rocky Mountain "Hi"
In Ainsworth, Nebraska, the library board is taking its message to the streets--literally. A library float in a local parade put wheels on a campaign to promote library services, which also involves displays around town and meetings with county officials...
COPA Commission Issues Report
The Commission on Online Child Protection is advising federal agencies to "consider greater enforcement and possibly rulemaking to discourage deceptive or unfair practices to entice children to view obscene materials." Wired News reported October...
Electrical Fire Closes Hamline University Library
An electrical fire in the basement of Bush Memorial Library at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, caused more than $2 million in smoke and water damage to the three-story building. The blaze was first detected about 11:15 p.m. on September...
Foil the Filters Contest Winners
Among the winners of the Digital Freedom Network's Foil the Filters Contest announced September 28 was Jim Kuhn, an intern on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee. Kuhn received a "Poetic Justice Award" for showing that the Internet filtering software...
"Get It Fast, and Get It Cheap" What's an ILL Librarian to Do?
NEW SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS OF RISING DEMAND AND MULTIPLE SYSTEMS Today, even big, relatively well-off research libraries find themselves unable to keep pace with the explosive growth of scholarly output. The most generous materials budgets will...
Great American Public Libraries: HAPLR Ratings, 2000
ONCE AGAIN, IT'S TIME TO CRUNCH THE NUMBERS AND FIND OUT HOW PUBLIC LIBRARIES MEASURE UP Not all libraries will greet this new edition of Hennen's American Public Library Rating (HAPLR) index with joy. Some will say that the rating system is flawed,...
Haycock and Sannwald Seek ALA Presidency
The American Library Association Nominating committee announced its nominees for ALA president October 18. Seeking the 2002-2003 ALA presidency are Ken Haycock, professor and director at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the...
I Faced Dr. Laura-And Survived!
TIPS ON HOW TO HOLD YOUR OWN FROM A PENTECOSTAL MINISTER, INTELLECTUAL-FREEDOM WARRIOR, AND (NOW) TALK-SHOW VETERAN I admit it--I'm a hero worshipper. I used to cheer the Lone Ranger and Red Ryder. Nowadays I cheer Candy Morgan, Steve Herb, and...
ILL: Peering into the Future
Message from This Month's Guest Editor In a future where everything is in digital form and freely available to everyone, everywhere, all the time, there will be no need for interlibrary loan or other forms of resource sharing. But such a future...
Jacksonville Voters OK $150 Million for Libraries
A $2.2-billion referendum passed by voters in Jacksonville, Florida, September 5 included $150 million for a new main library, six new branches, and improvements to 13 existing branches. The library component of the measure, touted as the Better Jacksonville...
Libraries as Civic Spaces
Civil society "needs a habitation; it must become a real place that offers the abstract idea of a public voice, a palpable geography somewhere other than in the twin atlases of government and markets." Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld (Random...
Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The Best Is Yet to Come
RESOURCE SHARING WILL SEE MAJOR, POSITIVE CHANGES IN THE NEXT FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS When I was invited to write this article, I worried about choosing a time frame in which measure changes in resource sharing and interlibrary loan (ILL). The last...
Meet the Implementors (They're Concerned with Protocol)
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BUILDING STAN DARDSBASED ILL SOFTWARE SYSTEMS The ILL Protocol Implementors Group, more fondly known as IPIG (pronounced "eye-pig," one of the most humorous acronyms in technospeak), was formed to expedite implementation...
NYPL Withdraws Salary Offer; City Seeks Givebacks
Salary talks between New York Public Library and the librarians' union have broken down after administrators withdrew a proposal that would have raised salaries of current librarians by 15%. The increase, aimed at addressing inadequate salaries that...
People
Currents The Digital Library Program at the New York Public Library has its first director: Michael Frederick Alexander. * Steve Baker has been named director of the Kewaskum (Wisc.) Public Library. * Melissa Barnard is the new director of...
Reflections on a Smiley Face
Iusually get to work by 7 a.m., and I have my little ritual to start the day. Every day it's the same. I'm not a morning person, and I need a well-worn set of habits to get my mind in gear and my body in motion. I unlock the doors to administration,...
Separate Systems, Common Cause: How Three Networks Have Fared
SUCCESSES IN OHIO, THREE NORTH-CENTRAL STATES, AND CALIFORNIA EXCEED ALL EXPECTATIONS Library patrons are like customers everywhere: They want their product delivered directly to them-and quickly, and at minimum cost. Here's how three regional networks...
The Association's Associations: RUSA and Reference Librarians Rule
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) members don't put much stock in the prediction that reference librarians will be out of a job in 10 years. In fact, they believe that reference and user services will become the library's core services....
The Distributed Librarian: Live, Online, Real-Time Reference
You know those dreams where you can fly? I had that same exhilarating sense of freedom and power the first time I viewed live online reference in action. I haven't seen anything this important or significant for librarianship since the first time I...
The Fire This Time: Detroit PL Closed Again
The Detroit Public Library main branch was closed for the second time in a month in late September after a power surge and electrical arc in a basement transformer room cut power to the library and several other buildings in Detroit's Cultural Center...
This Month, 61 Years Ago
... LIBRARIANS WERE CAREFULLY reading Clara Herbert's Personnel Administration in Public Libraries, a book ALA had just published. It synthesized the lessons that the federal government had learned in the previous decade about job analysis and classification,...