American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 11-12, November-December

Advocating for Teen Literature
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) advocates, promotes, and supports library services for those ages 12 to 18 and those who provide library services to that age group. Teen Tech Week 2011 takes place March 6-12, with a theme of...
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A Feeling for Books: Therapeutic Connections to Library Practice
What's not to like about bibliotherapy? Bringing readers to books, whether fiction or nonfiction, that respond to personal problems and promote well-being seems like powerful testimony to the notion that reading changes lives. Bibliotherapy has been...
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Chicano Librarianship: On the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium, a Leader in the Movement Remembers the Early Years in East Los Angeles County
August 29, 2010, marked the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles, and it brought back many memories. I was part of a library contingent marching in 1970 in protest of the disproportionate number of Mexican Americans dying...
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Freedom and Technology: Intellectual Freedom in the 21st Century
As libraries increasingly move beyond provision of print material and into their expanding roles as providers of digital resources and services, intellectual freedom concerns have been magnified. A dual focus on intellectual freedom issues and technology...
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Gaming 2.0: Playing Games in Houston Leads to Families Learning and Having Fun Together
The most exciting things have happened at the Houston Public Library's Central Library since it reopened in May of 2008 after a two-year renovation: Families are playing together and enjoying each other's company; brothers, sisters, strangers, and...
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Giving out Money at the Library: Help Students Find Scholarships
Who in your community collects information on scholarships offered by local clubs, service organizations, and other mostly nonprofits? Not the college or high school awards, not the Tylenol ones, but the really local ones. The answer? Probably no one....
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Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM 1 An October 21 proposal by the Publishers Association at a conference in Leeds to block library patrons from downloading e-books unless the individual is inside the library facility has triggered cries of outrage on both sides of...
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Good News out There Too: State Associations Play Vital Role in Advocacy Efforts
One of the best aspects of being ALA president is the opportunity to be a part of state chapter conferences. I'd like to focus on my experience at the Kentucky Library Association/Kentucky School Media Association joint conference in Louisville, September...
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How the World Sees Us
"We have a battle on our hands, Trent. The board is going to cut our allocation and they want to move us into a tiny cinderblock building out on the highway, where the convenience store used to be, and bulldoze this beautiful library to make room for...
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How to Be Prepared in Case Violence Strikes
The library workplace is no more immune to violent incidents than any other venue, sad to say, and just as vulnerable to physical attacks by troubled colleagues as from visitors. Consider these headline-grabbing situations, all taking place in libraries...
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Influential ALA Member Norman Horrocks Dies
ALA is mourning the loss of Norman Horrocks, professor emeritus, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University in Halifax, N ova Scotia, who died peacefully during the night October 14 at age 82, according to his daughter Sara Horrocks. A...
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Innovation Juggernaut: The Libraries at Stanford University Have Reenvisioned Scholarly Communications
The libraries at Stanford University have been a juggernaut of innovation over the last 20 years. They have reenvisioned scholarly communications with the launch of HighWire Press, initiated digital preservation and archiving tools LOCKSS and CLOCKSS,...
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Less Ink, More Words
With this issue, American Libraries print moves permanently to bimonthly publication. Monthly print as a viable delivery vehicle for anything that can be called "news" is clearly limited, and publishing to the web allows for faster and more flexible...
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LITA Crowd Shares Tech-Spertise on Innovations, Trends, the Cloud
The 13th annual LITA National Forum brought library and information technology professionals together in Atlanta September 30-October 3 to discuss projects and developments surrounding the conference theme, "The Crowd and the Cloud." Expert speakers...
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My Own Private Bookmobile: How I Went Mobile without Going Wireless
My car, a Subaru Outback, doubles as a library. There are always a lot of books in there. I never go anywhere without a copy of the Bible, the Qur'an. Ulysses. Gravity's Rain bow, assorted editions of Mother Goose, a complete collection of the Peter...
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National Book Festival Sets Attendance Record at 150,000
Setting a new attendance record, an estimated 150,000 book lovers gathered September 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the 10th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, with Honorary Chairs President...
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Newsmaker: Daniel Radcliffe
Anything that gets kids into reading is fantastic," says Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who recently posed for an ALA Celebrity READ poster along with his Potter costars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, released by ALA Graphics just in time for the...
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Read the Fine Print: Think Twice before You Click "Accept"
There probably isn't a person alive who's read the Terms of Service (TOS) of every technology or service he or she uses. Those TOS statements are usually quite long and full of boilerplate legalese that any company must include. When you're quickly...
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Rousing Reads: I've Got a Horse Right Here
There are two kinds of horse racing stories. The most common are the sentimental ones (think National Velvet) in which an underdog horse triumphs over seemingly insurmountable odds. Sometimes the same formula is used in more realistic treatments of...
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Stroyan, Sullivan Seek 2012-13 ALA Presidency
Susan Stroyan, information services librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University's Ames Library in Bloomington, Illinois, and Maureen Sullivan, professor of practice in the doctoral program, Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, Graduate...
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Sunrise, Sunset: When Google Gets It Wrong
The good people of Sunrise, on the east coast of Florida, want yon to know that they do exist, still, and have not been wiped off the map by a hurricane, or supervillain, or Godzilla. This is despite the fact that on three-three--separate occasions,...
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The Association's Associations: RUSA
THE ULTIMATE SEARCH ENGINES Whether it's looking up information or recommending books, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) members are the librarians and library staff who help patrons find what they need. RUSA represents readers' advisory,...
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The Unknown Cataloger: Catalogers Are the Unsung Heroes of Scholarly Pseudo-Discoveries
Hardly a month goes by without a story in the newspapers or elsewhere in the media about a scholar who has "discovered" a lost or hitherto unknown manuscript of a text or musical work by a famous author or composer. Typically, following a headline...
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Wait! You Can't Retire without Sharing That with Us: Retaining the Institutional Knowledge of Librarians Who Will Soon Leave the Profession
As libraries face the departure of staff with well-honed reference skills, years of experience in the community, and deep knowledge of the collection and traditional resources, how can we identify and retain their departing expertise--the gold in the...
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