American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, February

ACRL Membership Offers Key Benefits
Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020," challenges the Association of College and Research Libraries to position academic and research libraries and librarians as indispensable to advancing learning and scholarship. Here's what we recently...
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A Dream Deferred: School Libraries and Segregation; Library Media Specialists in Schools Named after Martin Luther King Jr. Discuss the Challenges They Face on the Job
The historic 1954 court decision Brown v. Board of Education sparked radical changes in America's educational system. At that time, African-American children attended mostly segregated schools with inferior classroom resources and similarly inadequate...
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Chronicling the Cold War: The Cold War International History Project Documents History through the Eyes of Our Former Enemy
It would be an understatement to say that the United States and other Western nations have had a difficult time understanding and dealing with the often unpredictable and bizarre behavior of North Korea since its founding in 1948. A big part of the...
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Cited
Frank Kurt Cylke, director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress, was awarded honorary life membership in the World Blind Union at its sixth general assembly in Cape Town, South Africa,...
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Conducting Surveys on a Shoestring Budget: USC Staffers Garner Invaluable Library-User Information for Less Than $250
Excitement is in the air at the University of Southern California's Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library in Los Angeles. Librarians and student workers hawk their wares like carnival stall owners, as clipboards, slips of paper, and pencils exchange hands...
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Currents: Professionals on the Move
Larry Alford will become vice provost for libraries and university librarian at Temple University in Philadelphia February 15. * David Anderson is the new head librarian at the Crossett (Ark.) Public Library. * Christie Pearson Brandau resigned as...
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Gates Foundation Gives Away $10.9 Million
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation January 14 announced gifts of nearly $11 million in challenge grants to state library agencies in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the second and final round of the Staying Connected program that offered...
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Global Reach
SCOTLAND The British Safety Council has granted the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh its highest safety award, identifying it as one of Britain's safest places to work. The library won the award after an audit of its health and safety procedures....
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Grassroots Report: Put Some Romance in Your Library
What is romance? Where does one look for it? Who needs it? Who reads it? Romance is a popular genre with readers, whose interest in the form is documented by sales figures and scholarly research alike. Denice Adkins, Linda Esser, and Diane Velasquez...
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Internet Librarian: Concealing the Creative Process
Dorothy Kilgallen led an extraordinary life. A gossip columnist as well as a journalist instrumental in Sam Sheppard's eventual acquittal (she revealed the judge's private pretrial opinion that Sheppard was "guilty as hell"), she became fascinated...
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Libraries Saving Lives in Iraq: The Need for Medical Information in Iraq Is Extreme, but Some U.S. Institutions Are Helping Out
In January 2001, 10 physicians from northern Iraq visited Quillen College of Medicine on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. The medical school, nestled in a valley among the tree-cloaked slopes of the Appalachians, saw a...
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Obituaries
Ann Axell Berglund, 83, a librarian at the Alexandria (Va.) Library for 22 years until her 1988 retirement, died December 16 of cancer. She began her career during the Korean War as special services librarian for U.S. forces in Yokohama, Japan, while...
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On My Mind: The Inadequacy of LIS Classifieds
Many predictions have been made recently about an expected shortage of librarians, exacerbated by an anticipated wave of retirements in the profession. Adding to the concern is the increasing number of school-age children in the United States, the...
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Preserving Patron Privacy
I do a fair amount of on-line shopping these days, since it is difficult to find time to make purchases in the course of my road trips to visit ALA members across the country. I am frequently amazed by the amount of information online stores have about...
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South Asian Libraries Hit Hard by Tsunami
At a series of meetings held January 6-10 at the Sri Lanka National Library in Colombo, UNESCO and other organizations agreed to establish a library disaster committee to assess the extent of damage to the country's library buildings, collections,...
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Straight Answers from Brewster Kahle
On December 15, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle announced an agreement with 10 libraries from five countries to "ensure permanent and public access to our published heritage" by creating a one-million-item digital library; partners range from...
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Technically Speaking: My Kingdom for an OPAC
Besides wishing that we had never come up with the arcane--and now anachronistic--term OPAC for online public access catalog, I wish we had one that searched better. I used to be a web OPAC product manager, and in three successive positions at NCSU...
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The Scoop on Patron Privacy: Legislative Loopholes Have Made It Harder Than Ever for Librarians to Assure Users That Their Records Are Snoop-Proof
"Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that 'what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.'"--Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis, "The Right to Privacy," Harvard Law Review, December 15, 1890...
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Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"If Darwinists want to teach that whales, which are mammals, evolved from black bears swimming with their mouths open, we should surely be entitled to criticize that. Yet school libraries have refused to accept books critical of evolution, even when...
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What Is ALA Doing about It?
The magnitude of the disaster caused by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami in southern Asia has stunned the world, and people everywhere have rallied with support. But what is ALA doing about it? It's a question Association staffers are often asked...
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Will's World: Absences, Death, and Forgiveness
I've been a Roman Catholic all my life. While many of my boyhood classmates fell off the Catholic bandwagon over the years, I have kept the faith. Like all the great religions of the world, Catholicism has much to offer imperfect souls like me. What...
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Working Knowledge: ?Como Puedo Servirle?
Q I am a new reference librarian in a public library serving a growing Hispanic population. I don't speak Spanish but am willing to do whatever I need to provide the best service possible. We are also desperate to find suitable Spanish-language materials....
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