American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 6, June-July

2004 ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Locator: Orange County Convention Center; June 26-29, 2004
The Stacks, the exhibits at the 2004 ALA Annual Conference, will be held in the Orange County Convention Center, Halls B1-D1. This listing is provided for American Libraries by the Conference Services Department, and includes all exhibitors who have...
ALA Action No. 5 in a Series: Equity of Access
"Libraries in America are cornerstones of the communities they serve. Free access to the books, ideas, resources and information in America's libraries is imperative for education, employment, enjoyment and self-government." Libraries: An American Value,...
ALA Councilors Elected
Thirty-four members have been elected to Council of the 2004-2007 term in results announced May 3. * Jose Aguinaga, associate librarian, California State University at Long Beach, 2,186 votes. * Salvador Avila, community outreach librarian, Las...
ALA Executive Board: Tight Budget Leads Spring Meeting Agenda
A proposed FY 2006 budget with an emphasis on maintaining current programs in difficult economic times led the discussion at the spring meeting of the American Library Association's Executive Board, April 17-18 in Chicago, with ALA President Carla...
Analyst Claims UK Libraries in Decline; CILIP Begs to Differ
Public libraries in the United Kingdom are facing a crisis that could make them unused and irrelevant by 2020, according to a report released April 27 by business analyst Tim Coates. Titled Who's in Charge? the 25-page report, available online at libri.org.uk,...
ASCLA Is the Specialized Career Expert
Many librarians are unfamiliar with the jobs held by the 1,000 members of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) who work in state library agencies and multitype library cooperatives, serve special populations, or function...
Beware the Itinerant Director: These Nomadic Wonders Are Stronger on Interviewing Skills Than Competence
We have probably all had occasion to shake our heads in utter disbelief when a library director who has given a year or two or three of undistinguished or downright inept service to a nearby library lands a plum job in some distant state. However,...
Bipartisan Issues Challenge Congressional Gridlock: Legislative Day Draws 500+ Advocates to D.C
Representing 49 states, more than 500 librarians, trustees, and library advocates delivered a message--federal support for libraries pays big local dividends--to their senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., May 4 during the 30th annual National...
Bush's Nomination for U.S. Archivist Draws Fire; Groups Call for Hearings
President Bush's nomination of Allen Weinstein as archivist of the United States has come under fire from both professional and political quarters. Weinstein works at the International Foundation for Elections Systems as senior advisor for democratic...
Cleveland Staff Stage One-Day Strike, Threaten Longer Walkout
Cleveland Public Library workers who staged a one-day strike April 20 have threatened a longer walkout if they're unable to come to terms in their contract negotiations with the administration. The work stoppage shut down 19 of the system's 28 branches...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Stephanie Ballard has been appointed educational psychology and psychology librarian at California State University in Northridge. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * In May Kenneth Behringer started a new position as director at Dakota County (Minn.) Library....
Dining in Style in Orlando: Don't Expect the Typical Tacky Tourist Eateries in This Popular Vacation Spot
Some sources say that while flying over central Florida searching for a location to build a new attraction, Walt Disney saw the intersection where the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 4 formed an X and decided to build his eastern theme park on nearby...
Earthquake-Proofing Project Still Shaky in Utah
Although the University of Utah got a $2.9-million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant April 6 toward seismic retrofitting of its library, the school has no guarantee it will secure the rest of the funds needed to make the building earthquake-proof....
End PowerPoint Dependency Now! Ease off the Slides and Improve Your Presentations at ALA or Any Other Library Conference
I'm convinced that our profession's love affair with PowerPoint is stronger than ever. At the past three library conferences I attended, virtually every presentation by a librarian involved PowerPoint slides. On the other hand, nearly every keynote...
Florida Filter-Mandate Bill Gets Third Strike
A filter-mandate bill opposed by Florida librarians and library supporters has died in the Florida legislature. Had the bill become law, it would have fined public libraries lacking operational filters and allowed citizens to sue libraries that weren't...
Fun in the Sunshine State
The Orlando/Central Florida area offers ALA conferees an array of opportunities to break for fun. For over 100 years, both the young and young-at-heart have come to the Sunshine State for a variety of adventures and to experience natural and man-made...
Georgia Reinvents Atlanta-Fulton Board
Years of accusations that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Board has been hampering library operations through micromanagement culminated April 7 in the passage of a state law that would shrink the board composition from 17 members to 11 and make...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM What experts consider the oldest surviving printed book in the world is on display through August as part of the British Library's "Silk Road" exhibit. The Diamond Sutra, dating from 868 A.D., is a Chinese Buddhist text printed by...
Gorman Wins Presidency; Switzer Reelected Treasurer
Michael Gorman, dean of library services at California State University at Fresno's Henry Madden Library, has been elected 2005-2006 ALA president. Gorman received 6,634 of the 12,562 votes cast and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect...
Grassroots Report: A Groundbreaking Consortium Model
The attraction and superiority of California are in its days," Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaimed. In Lafayette, California, an East Bay community in Contra Costa County, efforts are underway to make the local public library as notable as the state's famed...
Internet Librarian: Privacy Ain't What It Used to Be
This is not a column about Google. Okay, maybe a little at the beginning, but I promised myself I wouldn't write about Google for at least another several months. How can I resist, though, when they keep coming out with new and provocative stuff like...
Library Champions: American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2003-2004 Library Champions
Don Leslie, Industry & Government Business Manager 3M LIBRARY SYSTEMS For over 30 years, 3M has been partnering with libraries to help them successfully meet the changing needs of their customers. In addition to providing innovative security,...
Library Workers and Users Celebrate NLW 2004
Communities nationwide hosted a variety of activities for library workers and users in celebration of the 46th anniversary of National Library Week, April 18-24, and the first observance of National Library Workers Day (NLWD), April 20. [ILLUSTRATION...
NYU Student Caught Living in Bobst Library
New York University officials discovered in mid-April that a student was spending nights in the 24-hour study area of the Bobst Library subbasement. Sophomore Steven Stanzak claimed on his website (www.livejournal.com/users/homeless_at_nyu/) to have...
Obituaries
* Margaret "Peggy" Dean Calhoun, 97, died March 6 at the Virginian retirement community in Alexandria. After working in the reference division of the United States Department of Agriculture, she taught library science at Mary Washington College in...
On the Road to Equity: Destination Orlando; Highlights, Key Meetings and Events, and What's New for 2004
A new book, brochure, and several divisional programs focusing on equity of access in libraries are on tap for ALA's 128th Annual Conference, June 24-30, in Orlando, where some 20,000 librarians, library supporters, vendors, and others are expected...
Police Close Down Library for Mayor-Ordered Search
The Central Falls (R.I.) Free Public Library was shut down for 90 minutes April 20 as city police searched a staff member's computer for political documents. Detectives went to the library when the building opened on the orders of Mayor Charles Moreau,...
Quick Bibs: The Bibliothriller vs. the Art Thriller
It isn't exactly WrestleMania, but there's an interesting turf battle going on in the world of literary thrillers. Let's define our terms: A literary thriller is a nonformulaic crime novel with highbrow pretensions, the kind PBS devotees can read without...
Straight Answers from Sohair Wastawy
Assignments don't get much more intriguing: one year as chief librarian of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, beginning July 1. But for many Americans, the war in Iraq and the constant threat of terrorism in the Middle East would make them think...
Technically Speaking: Much Ado about Metasearch
The single search box--that simple gateway to a world of knowledge--has been the pipe dream of libraries since the advent of online library services. As with most things, we must be careful what we wish for. But as discussion lists, professional publications,...
The Case for an outside Interim Director: Boards Can Avoid Settling for the Second-Rate by Looking Externally for a Temporary Head
Here is the typical scenario: The library director announces her retirement, is run over by a bus, takes another job, or is fired. Suddenly, there is a need for an Interim Library Director. The Hiring Group--library board, provost, search committee,...
The Crawford Files: What Happened to Technological Fixes?
I recently ran into an old friend who was reentering the library field. He'd been reading my columns and noted that I seem to be much more humanistic these days than in years past. I appreciated the compliment--but I wonder whether readers who expected...
The Dollars and Sense of Equal Access
Ever since ALA embraced "equity of access" as one of its "key action areas" in 1997, Association leaders have been struggling to find a home in the organization for the lofty-sounding but amorphous concept. It's been difficult. The other four action...
The Equity Struggle Must Continue
As my presidential term ends at the close of this year's Annual Conference, I am pleased to report that it has been an honor to share my experiences and observations within the pages of American Libraries. This opportunity has not only provided a means...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"Don't go to the library on your birthday. You'll just be disappointed." From a greeting card distributed by Hallmark. "Librarians--once the guardians, who now watch over their budgets instead--for destroying books which would last centuries to...
Upcoming Continuing Education
FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING Rules and Tools for Cataloging Electronic Resources Workshop Sept. 13-14, 2004, Chicago This two-day workshop is designed for practicing catalogers with a working knowledge of MARC and AACR2 looking to further their knowledge...
Will's World: Fun Is Not a Dirty Word
This June, ALA meets in Orlando--a destination that has much to offer--for its Annual Conference. Orlando means three words to children--Walt Disney World. I hope that librarians get in touch with their inner child long enough to enjoy the amusements...
Working Knowledge: Checking out Background Checks
Q I am among the finalists for a position in a public library and am getting nervous about the fact that they want to conduct a background check. Colleagues tell me this is becoming standard practice in many organizations. Is this true? What kind of...