American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 11-12, November-December

2012 ALA Nominating Committee Council Candidates
Mustafa Abbas Abdelwahid Head of Collection Development Auburn Avenue Research Library Atlanta, Georgia J. Douglas (Doug) Archer Reference and Peace Studies Librarian University of Notre Dame Indiana Nancy L. Baumann School...
Achievement Unlocked: Finding, Archiving, and Creating Games in Libraries
Gaming has gained a foothold in libraries, with good reason. It's a popular service, and one that can offer educational, community, and information literacy benefits. Here we present three short articles on gaming in libraries. In "Serving Players...
A Competitive Advantage: Budget and Innovation Put NCSU's Libraries on Track
When Susan Nutter took over the leadership role at North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh, it wasn't a very inspiring organization. A study found it to be the academic library least able to meet its mission in the state. Faculty were...
A Guide to Buying Ebooks: How to Flex Your Library's Purchasing Muscle
Buying a print book is relatively easy. With the introduction of library ebooks in 1999, however. a once-straightforward process took on many complexities. Before starting, ask yourself why your library needs to purchase ebooks. Is it to expand a collection...
ALA Supports FCC's Connect America Fund
ALA filed comments in support of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) creation of the Connect America Fund (CAF) as part of its reform and modernization of the Universal Service Fund, indicating that it will support the deployment of high-capacity...
Amazon's "Library," Kindle Ebook Loans, and What It All Means
The library world was thrilled at the September 2i announcement that OverDrive had enabled its library customers to lend the ebooks they'd licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers--provided that the ebooks were in the online sales inventory...
An Unplugged Space: Would Your Users Value a Gadget-Free Quiet Zone in Your Library?
The physical library was once a place of refuge, a escape from distraction But today, the constant need to connect and communicate has largely rendered this rol obsolete. The power of coupling networking tools with instant ac cess to vast amounts of...
Case Study: Continuing AID for Unemployed Patrons
LearningExpress, LLC, is continuing aid for people who are unemployed through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). Job and Career Accelerator, an online resource from Learning Express, arrived as the unemployment in Michigan had risen to 12.9%. This new resource...
Cuyahoga County Checks out Boopsie's Checkout App
When the library/vendor relationship is one of open communication, respect, and mutual desire for excellent customer service, everyone wins--the library, the vendor, and most importantly, library users. Both libraries and vendors bring something valuable...
Display of Strength: ALA-Affiliated Group Events Demonstrate the Association's Power
ALA provides a strong, unified voice for our libraries. Much of the Association's strength comes not just from our divisions, round tables, and other ALA units, but also from our chapters and affiliates. Each year, many chapters and affiliates invite...
Global Reach
CANADA 1 A chance discovery in May by an auctioneer looking through salable items in a home in London, Ontario, resulted in the solution to a longstanding Australian mystery. In a copy of An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales by...
Grassroots Advocacy Putting Yourself out There: Find Fresh Ways to Energize Support for Libraries
Librarians shouting about funding is fast becoming old news. We need to find new ways to take a stand against library budget cuts. A grassroots push is a terrific advertising tool, and it can be really fun to pull off. It's a wonderful motivator to...
Helping Warriors Unleash the Power of the Pen: A Library Writing Workshop Helps Veterans Share Their Experiences
The best pleasures in life are often unexpected, and we have been t! lucky enouqh to be ambushed by a proqram that has become one of the most extraordinarily rewarding experiehces of our careers. The Sylvania branch of the Toledo-Lucas County(OHio)...
How the World Sees Us
"If I learned anything in my visit to Loudoun County--it's a reaffirmation of the power of reading. Hundreds of kids and parents turned out to discuss the way books change our view of the world, of each other. And the kids at Loudoun County Juvenile...
Information Literacy 2.0: Critical Inquiry in the Age of Social Media
Ideas about information literacy have always adapted to changes in the information environment. The birth of the web made it necessary for librarians to shift more towards teaching search strategies and evaluation of sources. Tool-focused "bibliographic...
Libraries Occupy the Heart of the Occupy Movement
The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street in New York City started spontaneously shortly after the protest began on September 17, when a pile of books was left in a cardboard box at Zuccotti Park on Wall Street. The books were passed around and organized,...
Libraries Tap into the Crowdsource
Wikipedia wants libraries to join the "crowdsource." The notion that the research efforts of a group of people with varying opinions, when aggregated, can result in better information than a specific expert could come up with-aka "crowdsourcing"-has...
Newsmaker: Philip Levine
At age 83, Philip Levine is 2011-2012 poet laureate consultant in poetry. Appointed by Librarian of Congress James Billington, he took up his duties October 17, opening the library's annual literary season with a reading from his work. "Philip Levine...
No More Kidding Around: Childish Behavior Is No Match for the Mighty Youth Librarian
How often have you heard someone complain over the last few months that our president, senators, and congresspeople are all acting like little children, especially during the debt-ceiling crisis? There we were, on the brink, and our federal elected...
Obituaries
* Jonas Balys, 102, died September 9. He served as director of the Lithuanian Folklore Archives from 1935 until 1944. Beginning in 1956, Balys worked at the Library of Congress in ton, D.C., for 25 years. * Scott Fisher, 55, died September 9. In...
Reach out through Outreach: A Library Community Is Wherever the Patrons Are
Ed. note: This is the second in a series of guest columns on an aspect of youth services. Some of the most important library work I do is outside the library's walls. Outreach--traveling offsite to bring service to potential users--is essential...
Readers Are Fundamental
I was all set to wax rhapsodic here about my iPad, how much I'm enjoying my new toy (and it is a toy, I know), how quickly I got to the point of loving the "app" idea for its convenience and speed, how interesting it is that I've started to begrudge...
Rousing Reads: Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Soft-Boiled Poets
The world needs more hard-boiled mysteries written by soft-boiled poets. This admittedly peculiar insight occurred to me as I was reading poet and novelist Jim Harrison's first crime novel, The Great Leader.The book immediately reminded me of another...
Solitions and Services
Www.mangolanguages.com/store/pirate-day.html. Mango Languages offers a variety of courses and products designed to teach practical conversation skills in a fast, easy, and effective manner. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from...
Transforming ALA: A Report on the Fall Executive Board Meeting
The digital "revolution" has been a major topic of public attention and discussion among librarians this year, as we are confronted by daily developments, announcements, and headlines related to ebooks. During the fall meeting October 21--23 at...