American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 5, May

Deejay's Listeners Ransack Ft. Worth PL
Having a local radio station do a free on-air promotion that sends hundreds of people into your library might sound like a dream come true. But for the Ft. Worth (Tex.) Public Library, the publicity stunt turned into a nightmare. A disc jockey on...
Evaluating Public Library Collections: Why Do It, and How to Use the Results
Every library's constituency needs periodic proof that their investment is paying off. Public librarians know the value of building dynamic collections, and they spend considerable time and money selecting useful material. Although collection building...
Funding Rug Pulled out from under 32 Mich. Libraries
Michigan voters Mar. 15 chose a sales tax hike over higher income tax in a referendum that garnered national attention and will transform the way the state funds its public schools. Caught in the commotion are Michigan's 32 "school district libraries"--among...
Losing the Foundation of Understanding
Today's increasing on-the-job demands are eroding the profession's foundation. The maturity of librarianship depends largely on the research conducted by its practicing librarians. This maturity has been slowed in recent years due to the diminishing...
Mysteries for the President
New York Times critic Marilyn Stasio recently discussed President Clinton's spur-of-the-moment trip to a Washington, D.C., bookstore to stock up on some crime novels. Doing a little readers' advisory work, Stasio made a few suggestions as to what the...
Outstanding Reference Sources: The 1994 Selection of Recent Titles
Distinguished reference works selected by the Reference Sources Committee of ALA's Reference and Adult Services Division. Earthquake aftershocks in Los Angeles and mudslides in Malibu did not deter the Reference Sources Committee from its usual...
P.C., I.F. & Ala
A while back I wrote a column posing the question, "Does Intellectual Freedom Protect the Politically Incorrect?" (AL, Dec. 1993, p. 1003). It described a dilemma I faced when a patron asked me to remove an outdated dated management book (The Mastery...
PLA Faces the Future with New Ideas at Its Fifth National Conference
The division prepares for its next half-century with a record-breaking gathering in Atlanta. As new information technologies threaten to draw away their patrons and as their traditional funding sources disappear, public libraries are facing the...
U.S. Periodical Price Index for 1994
The 1994 U.S. Periodical Price Index (USPPI) represents the 34th annual study of this type sponsored by the Library Materials Price Index Committee (LMPIC) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ACTS), a division of the American...