American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 11, December

2008 ALA Nominating Committee Council Nominees
Nancy H. Allen Dean and Director Penrose Library University of Denver Denver, Colorado J. Douglas (Doug) Archer Reference and Peace Studies Librarian University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana Arlene C. Bielefield Associate...
A Banner Year for Tanner
Lawrence Block is a protean figure in the world of crime fiction. His Matt Scudder series is a favorite of everyone who loves hard-boiled novels; his Bernie Rhodenbarr series, starring the affable bibliophile/thief, defines the gold standard for comic...
A Centennial Journey: Highlights from 100 Years of American Libraries' Evolution
This first number of a Bulletin of the American Library Association marks, it is hoped, the beginning of a closer connection between the Association and its members." Those words, penned by ALA Publishing Board Chairman William Coolidge Lane, opened...
A Century of Progress
Finding a 100-year-old librarian was one of the goals American Libraries set for its centennial year of 2007. No sooner had the August "Newsmaker" (p. 34) interview with 90-year-old Frieda Greene of the Boynton Beach (Fla.) City Library appeared--claiming...
ALA Executive Board: Graduated Dues Study Halted in Favor of Membership Survey
ALA's Executive Board voted during its fall meeting October 20-21 at the Association's headquarters in Chicago to proceed with a demographic membership survey but agreed with the Budget Analysis and Review Committee that a proposed graduated dues study...
Alire, Williams Seek 2009-2010 ALA Presidency
Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County (Md.) public schools, are candidates for the 2009-2010...
All Sides of the Big Picture
Seven has always been my lucky number, and as luck would have it, 2007 has been my favorite year of all since I slid into the chief editor's chair at American Libraries 12 years ago. It's lucky to be part of a publication that has lasted 100 years,...
All the Books; Access to Everything: Overwhelming but Useful
Among the many good friends who graciously joined in on the future-of-libraries class I taught last summer in Toronto was Ben Bunnell, manager of library partnerships for Google Book Search. The phrase he used to describe their ultimate mission has...
Boston Board Ousts Director Margolis
The Boston Public Library board of trustees voted 7-2 at a heated November 13 meeting not to renew 10-year BPL President Bernard Margolis's contract when it expires June 30, 2008. Supporters packed rows of chairs in the small meeting room at the Dorchester...
Circle of Literacy: The Little Spirit Moon Month or Manidoo-Giizisoons
Literacy is the power to be great in the world," storyteller Gcina Mhlophe assured the audience August 19 during the opening ceremony of the 73rd World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions...
Covering All the Bases: Tolerance Takes a Step Forward at a Gay Pride Parade
When I think of the 1990s I think of William Jefferson Clinton--in particular, the importance he gave to building a bridge to the 21st century. Clinton understood that America was changing rapidly and that the world was changing even more rapidly....
FBI Accused of Violating Library Policy
A Pakistani man charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists claims that the FBI obtained evidence against him illegally when an agent went into the Chestatee Regional Library in Dawsonville, Georgia, to record his activities at...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM 1 A scheme to put thousands of advertisements into library books will find borrowers taking home more than they expected. Up to 500,000 inserts a month are due to be handed out by libraries in Essex, Somerset, Bromley, Leeds, and...
How the World Sees Us
"And you can be sure Brady will be seen in public with a homely librarian before he engages in any discussion about the difference between the receivers he was forced to work with last season and the ones he has now." Columnist BOB RYAN on New England...
In Flew Enza: What We Can Learn from the Way American Libraries Responded to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
In 1918-19 the world was shaken by a massive influenza pandemic that killed an estimated 50-100 million people, including more than half a million in the United States. Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population--25 million people--from all walks of...
Katrina Recovery Progresses with Reopenings, Millages, and a Blueprint
Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, more signs of recovery are popping up in Louisiana as facilities reopen, millages pass, and recovery plans take hold. New Orleans Public Library reopened its Martin Luther King Jr. branch...
Lawsuit Delays Release of Librarian's Potter Project
Former school librarian Steve Vander Ark's publisher is delaying the release of his Harry Potter Lexicon in the face of a suit filed October 31 by Warner Brothers Entertainment and J. K. Rowling for copyright infringement. RDR Books, based in Muskegon,...
LC, Xerox Do Digital Duet
Part of the mission of the Library of Congress is to ensure that America's history and heritage are accessible for generations to come. To that end, the library and Xerox Corporation are working together to develop better ways to store, preserve, and...
Louisville Regroups after Ballot Defeat
An ambitious plan to fund a $200-million expansion of Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library facilities and services through a hike in the county's occupational tax was soundly rejected by some two-thirds of voters November 6. Nonetheless, city and county...
Montana State Library Plan under Fire
A plan to restrict public access to physical collections at the Montana State Library in Helena as the library makes a major transition to digital access came under heavy criticism in mid-October after MSL Director Darlene Staffeldt talked openly about...
OCLC Scans Social Spaces
OCLC has issued the third in a series of research reports to its membership on online issues and trends that affect library use, services, and resources. Sharing, Privacy, and Trust in Our Networked World, released October 22, explores the use of social...
Oh, Behave! Using Behavioral Questions to Get Inside Your Head
Q: What is a behavior-based interview and how do I prepare for it? A: Potential employers want to go beyond what you know and what you have done. Behavior-related questions are purported to predict your future behaviors by exploring your past reactions....
Prognosis: Literacy; A Complex Healthcare System and Reliance on the Internet Make Health-Information Literacy Increasingly Important
Literacy has always been a major focus of libraries, but in recent years, as the U.S. struggles with a dysfunctional healthcare system, this focus has gained an important new dimension: the health of Americans. Consider these statistics from the 2003...
RDA: Imminent Debacle; the Editor of AACR2 Takes Issue with Cataloging's New Direction
There is an old story of an international committee watching a demonstration of a new invention. Everyone was impressed by its speed and efficiency, everyone, that, is but the French delegate. He leaned back in his chair and said: "It obviously works...
Redemptive Reading: Chris Crutcher Talks about Teens and Authenticity
Author Chris Crutcher, acclaimed and demonized by turns for his sensitive and provocative portrayals of adolescence, once worked at an alternative high school in California. Where others saw troubled teens, he saw stories. "If this isn't the stuff...
School Librarians Explore the Future in Reno: American Association of School Librarians Unveils Standards
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, a document designed to "provide a foundation for a strong library media program in every school," was unveiled by ALA's American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Sara Kelly Johns during the division's...
"Step Up to the Plate" Winner Named
In a random drawing at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum October 6, Hall of Famer and "Step Up to the Plate" spokesperson Ozzie Smith chose 12-year-old Hannah Cavanaugh of St. Louis as the grand-prize winner of the "Step Up to the Plate...
The Freedom to Be Literate: Teaching Literacy under Technological Constraints
In the real world, when most people have a need for information, they ask people they trust for the answer. If that line fails them, they may try to find it on the internet if they have access to a computer with an internet connection. If they go to...
Tony Wilhelm
On January 1, 1954, NBC broadcast the first coast-to-coast color television program, showing the Tournament of Roses Parade. More than 50 years later, what is being hailed as the next great advance in television will happen when full-power broadcasters...
Web 2.0 and You: Which Trends and Technologies Are for Your Library?
Since last year's publication of my article "The Promise of Web 2.0" (AL, Oct. 2006, p. 32), we've seen more 2.0-type tools, more books and articles about those tools, and more conference presentations than one could count. For my report this year,...
Writing 2007 to Memory: Where We Are and Where We're Headed
As I look over a year's worth of stories and topics in this column and on the Hectic Pace blog, I can tell it's been a busy year, both for libraries and their vendors. Closing out the year is this mixture of the top stories, trends, and products to...
Yalsa
A MISSION-DRIVEN ASSOCIATION The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to advocate, promote, and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide...
Year in Review: Top 10 Library Stories of 2007
Staying in business is all about the bottom line, and in that regard library service is no different from Wal-Mart. The year 2007 was one of uncertainty for many libraries. One librarian in the Midwest, whose name is being withheld at her request,...
Your Stuff, Their Space: Promoting Library Content beyond Your Website
In a perfect world, the library would be the first place people would think of when they needed to do research. Unfortunately, we haven't been the only game in town for many years. It's so easy to search Wikipedia to find a quick answer or look for...