American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 6, June-July

ALA Executive Board: Member-Leaders Give High Marks to Washington
"We're talking about saving libraries tens of millions of dollars each year," ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Director Andrew Magpantay told the Association's Executive Board at its spring meeting, held for the first time in Washington,...
ALA Treasurer's Report
In 1876 Melvil Dewey reported on ALA's finances to the 103 librarians who attended the Association's first conference in Philadelphia. Unlike Dewey, who was also ALA's third and fifth treasurer, this--120 years later--is my last report to members as...
A Technological Flood Requires Human Navigators
A century ago, you could read in the newspaper of any major city in America that people were concerned about violence, social conflict, narcotics (opium was the drug of choice in those days), the breakdown of traditional values, and the impossibility...
Birthplace of My Redemption
AN INMATE FINDS PEACE, A WRITING CAREER, AND--MOST IMPORTANTLY--HIMSELF IN THE PRISON LIBRARY I was 31 years old when the judge sentenced me to life without parole on multiple homicide charges. I was sent to the maximum security Maryland State Penitentiary....
Books That Hooked'em: Reluctant Readers Shine as Critics
YOUNGSTERS RESPOND TO THE NEED FOR THEIR OPINION IN HELPING TO SELECT "QUICK PICKS" "Young Readers Revel in Reviews" proclaimed the headline of a feature story in the Providence Journal documenting a yearlong project in which Rhode Island students read,...
Chapter Report: Home Pages - Open House or "For Members Only?"(library World Wide Web Sites)
Home pages are becoming as common as cell phones and coffee bars. They have their devotees and their detractors, those who can't live without their daily fix on the Net and those who refuse to link up. Whether home pages are fad or mainstay, most organizations--including...
Don't Ask for My E-Mail Address
Ever since I started writing for American Libraries, I've gotten numerous phone requests to do my library stand-up comedy act at state, regional, and national library conferences. I attribute this more to notoriety than to popularity. You can't read...
Hispanic Librarians Celebrate 25 Years with Renewed Commitment to Diversity
DESPITE HUGE ADVANCES, REFORMA FACES NEW BARRIERS TO SPANISH-LANGUAGE MATERIALS AND CULTURE IN AMERICA'S LIBRARIES "We need a Reforma chapter over here--colonial attitudes are prevalent; they want to keep our library from adding any books in Spanish."...
It Happened in Manhattan: A Stroll through Historic Midtown
A WALKING TOUR OF HISTORICAL SITES IN THE ALA CONFERENCE AREA, ALONG WITH SOME OFF-BEAT GOINGS-ON THAT MADE THEM FAMOUS You have made it to Broadway, 1678 Broadway to be exact. Imagine, inside, a cage full of parakeets choking on cigarette smoke. It's...
Legal Theorist Charles Ogletree to Open ALA's New York Conference
ANNOUNCING THE OPENING GENERAL SESSION SPEAKER AND OTHER LAST-MINUTE OFFERINGS AT ALA'S 115TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School professor known for his role as moderator on PBS's Ethics in America, will be the speaker at the...
Library Advocates Aim Action at Capitol Hill
Some 500 librarians, trustees, patrons, library school students, and other friends of libraries descended on Washington, D.C. May 6-7 for a day of advocacy training followed by a day of visits with legislators and their staffs to talk about support for...
New York's New Door to the Information Age
NYPL OPENS ITS SCIENCE, INDUSTRY, AND BUSINESS LIBRARY IN TIME FOR AL CONFERENCE GOERS When the new Science, Industry, and Business Library, known as SIBL, opened May 2, the occasion not only marked the conclusion of New York Public Library's yearlong...
NYPL Assembles World Library Leaders to Plot Global Strategies
The directors of 18 major U.S. libraries joined the directors of national, urban public, and academic libraries from 25 other countries April 25-27 at the New York Public Library for a "Summit of World Library Leaders." The elite assemblage represented...
Senate Committee Resists Tampering with LC Mission
The Senate Joint Committee on the Library of Congress listened patiently May 7 to a panel of auditors as they revealed the findings in a General Accounting Office report on LC management. Presented to the library April 19, the audit included the recommendation...
Tempting the Palate in Manhattan, from Modest Bistro to Haute Cuisine
NEW YORKERS TELL CONFEREES WHERE TO FIND AN ECLECTIC AND INVITING ARRAY OF RESTAURANTS If you enjoy eating out and have never visited Manhattan before, you're about to embark on an adventure in worldwide styles of food preparation. On the other hand,...
Volunteers and Technology: The New Reality
UNPAID WORKERS DON'T COME CHEAP IN TODAY'S HIGH-TECH, LOW-TOUCH LIBRARIES The library profession's renewed interest in using volunteers got me thinking recently about whether the new reality in libraries has made volunteers an asset or a liability....
Washington Office Birthday Bash Honors Library Champions
"We are not here just to celebrate the anniversary of an office," said Carol Henderson, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, "we are here to celebrate five decades of great outpouring of affection, enthusiasm, respect, commitment, and dedication...
West Virginia State Librarian Fred Glazer Fired without Explanation
In a 4-3 vote April 22, the West Virginia Library Commission, giving no reason for its action, fired its director, Fred Glazer, after 24 years of service. An hour later, Glazer was unemployed and unable to get back into his office. "It's a sad day for...
Z39.50: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Z39.50: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Z39.50 sounds, well, dull. It's a computer protocol and an ANSI standard. But sit up and take notice. Z39.50 makes possible two things we librarians yearn for: one-stop info-shopping and a simple user interface. Combined...