American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 10, October

Advance Registration & Housing Information
JANUARY 15-19, 2010 - MIDWINTER MEETING, BOSTON, MA Conference registration is now required to make a housing reservation. Advance rate deadline is December 4, 2009. After December 4, 2009, onsite rates will apply but you may still register online....
A la Fullbright: After Taking the Road to Morocco, a Librarian Connects with Her Students Online
When I began my Fulbright teaching award in Morocco, I had one Moroccan "friend" on Facebook, the international social networking website. This friend was a student at the library school where I had been assigned, the Ecole des Sciences del'Information...
Amazon, Yahoo, Others File Briefs in Google Book Search Settlement
A myriad of parties filed legal briefs supporting and opposing the proposed settlement of lawsuits challenging Google's Book Search project before a September 9 deadline. A hearing on the settlement is scheduled for October 7 in the Federal District...
A Tribute to Al Trezza
Alphonse "Al" Trezza was a visionary librarian who made unique contributions to librarianship as an individual, although he often worked with groups or teams in accomplishing his goals. With his death on July 15 at age 88, libraries lost a leader who...
Building a Digital Branch: Web 2.0 Positions Librarians to Deliver Fully Functional Library Branches on the Web
Library websites have been around for about 15 years. The list of what has changed in the past 15 years could fill a library. Programming languages have changed. Web browsers have changed. Internet connections have gotten faster, and websites have...
Cash-Strapped Ohio Library Drops out of WorldCat ILL
As part of its quest to close a $14-million shortfall for FY2010, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library has ended its participation in OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing so it can close the library's interlibrary loan department. CCPL Deputy Director...
E-Readers in Action: An Academic Library Teams with Sony to Assess the Technology
E-books are nothing new, and librarians and library patrons have long struggled with their lack of utility. Reading on a computer screen for long periods of time is not most people's cup of tea and leads to hundreds-of-pages-long printouts in many...
Flooded Louisville Library Reopens: Service Limited as Recovery Efforts Continue
Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library's central facility, heavily damaged by a flood three weeks earlier, partially reopened August 27. Although limited to the facility's main floor, the reopening came 12 days earlier than the Labor Day target date....
From Distance: Thanks to Online Education, Neither Time Constraints nor Geographic Isolation Can Deter Aspiring Librarians from Their Career Goals
Library professionals have long been at the forefront of information technology, and they continue to lead the charge in learning with IT. So it should come as no surprise that education for librarianship continues its growing trend as being among...
General Information
MEETING LOCATION The 2010 Midwinter Meeting will take place in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, located at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA, as well as several hotels near the Convention Center. You can find information on the Midwinter...
Global Reach
SPAIN (1) Police arrested a 47-year-old Hungarian man in Pamplona August 7 in connection with the theft of 67 rare maps and cartographic materials from several libraries in northern Spain. The man, identified only as "Z. V.," has been the subject...
Going the Distance
The future of online learning is now, says Kenneth E. Hartman, academic director for Drexel University Online and chairman of National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13). His article in this issue (p. 48) makes a compelling case for online education...
Hawaii Board Rejects Monthly Two-Day Closures, Furloughs
The Hawaii Board of Education failed to approve a proposal September 3 to address a $5.7-million cut in funding by closing all public-library branches at least two days a month and furloughing employees twice a month. The plan also called for the elimination...
How the World Sees Us
"Yes, a librarian can now be anyone--from your cute neighbor or cool classmate, to that sophisticated babe or handsome hunk. Or better yet, he can be a multitalented computer expert who is into flip spin, poi, fire breathing, and photography." Rachel...
IMLS Grant Advance Saves Illinois Town's Library
The south suburban Chicago town of Robbins will continue to enjoy uninterrupted public library service thanks to the infusion of $25,500 in emergency grant funding it was promised just days before a lack of revenue would have closed its doors as of...
Inspiring Young Readers: There's More Than One Way to Capture Hearts and Minds
It may be old-fashioned, but I'm decidedly in love with reading. Videogames leave me cold; social networking sites provide the occasional distraction but can't occasion my serious interest. Elizabeth Hardwick once observed, clearly and urgently, "The...
Interview
American Libraries: What were some of the difficulties you faced when you established the library in 2006? MOHAMMAD ABBAS: The critical security situation that prevented us from moving around the city and the country, limited space, a lack of professional...
Killjoy Was Here: The Librarian as Spoilsport
Recently I listened to a commencement speaker who said, "If faculty members can't offer students some hope and optimism for their future, some path of confident thinking in uncertain times, then we have no right or reason to be around them." I'd prefer...
Librarians Join AAUP Strike in Michigan; University Settles after Week of No Classes
In Rochester, Michigan, librarians, teachers, and students at Oakland University went back to school September 10, ending a week-long faculty strike that included a dozen tenure-track librarians from the Kresge Library. The university administration...
Michigan Librarians Speak out; Governor Granholm Listens
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's announcement in July that the Department of History, Archives, and Libraries would be disbanded, bringing serious budget cuts and likely scattering the Library of Michigan's collections, prompted an August 5 protest...
Milan's Warm Welcome: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Sends Positive Messages Home about the World Financial Outlook
Those who wondered why the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) would meet in Italy in the heat of August got their answer August 25, when the city of Milan opened its treasures to IFLA. At a time of year when half...
Mondowney Accepts Detroit Top Post amid Cash-Flow Kerfuffle
Detroit Library Commission President Georgia A. Hill announced August 17 that Jo Anne Mondowney has accepted the top post at Detroit Public Library, effective August 24. Her appointment as director comes amid controversy raised in June over the city's...
Original Moon Pictures Preserved and Restored
The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project is restoring and releasing the first up-close pictures of the moon, taken by five unmanned Lunar Orbiter missions in the late 1960s, among them a famous 1966 black-and-white shot of the Earth-rise from the surface...
Pathfinder in a Box: Crafting Your Own Authoritative Metasearch Engine
Librarians have been creating internet guides or pathfinders since before the birth of the graphical web. Look at most libraries' websites and you'll find lists of what their librarians consider the most useful and authoritative resources on a variety...
Pipeline to the People: Public Awareness Is the Key to More and Better Library Use, Leading to Stronger and More Powerful Advocacy
Every librarian knows that today's libraries--although venerable places of learning, innovation, and opportunity-face contradictions in many areas of public perception: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * While libraries are popular, they are often taken...
Spectrum's $1-Million Challenge: The Race for Professional Ethnic and Racial Diversity
The Spectrum Scholarship Program is one of the more successful programs initiated by ALA. It began as part of then--ALA Executive Director Elizabeth Martinez's vision to recruit more minorities into the library and information management profession....
Sugar Ray
The first program I ever saw on television was a boxing match: Rocky Marciano versus Jersey Joe Walcott, September 23, 1952. My family didn't have a television at the time, but our neighbors across the street did, and my father, mother, and I were...
The Association's Associations: PLA
PLA 2010 PREPARATION Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas D. Kristof will keynote the opening general session for PLA 2010, the division's national conference, to be held March 23-27, 2010, in Portland, Oregon. Joining Kristof will...
The Children We Serve: Five Notions of Childhood Suggest Ways to Think about the Services We Provide
In Children and Libraries: Getting It Right (ALA Editions, 2001), I proposed three alternative visions for the children we would be serving as we moved into the 21st century: the original notion of the child reader, an idea that inspired and guided...
The Librarian Is In: It's Nauseating When Patrons Ask Us to Play Doctor
I'm no prophet, but my guess is that 2009 will be known as the year of the great health care debate. While I haven't studied all the details of the various plans, I do support the concept of universal health care for all. I have felt strongly about...
Travel Information
GENERAL INFORMATION Experient is ALA's official hotel and registration company. As an ALA Attendee or Exhibitor, you are eligible for special hotel rate discounts. Please be advised that registration cannot be made over the phone and that you must...
What Do You See? Sometimes a Blot Is Just a Blot
On what was apparently a slow news day, the front page of the July 29 New York Times featured YAWA--yet another Wikipedia article--a variation on the enduring theme of "Wikipedia is changing the world; how shocking" (or how wonderful, depending on...