American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 3-4, March-April

8 Tips to Highlight History Using Facebook
Academic libraries have also been harnessing new technology and social media platforms to help local history come alive. Donnelyn Curtis, head of special collections at the University of Nevada, Reno, used Facebook to highlight otherwise offline history,...
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A Hazy Shade of (Mid) Winter: A Whirlwind of Meetings, Ideas, and Conversations-FTW!
You know that feeling you get when you come home from a conference, and it's all kind of a blur? That's been my post-Midwinter experience. Of course, it came right after being housebound for several days during a rare Seattle snowstorm, so I was happy...
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Barbara Stripling: Candidate for ALA President
Visit barbarastripling.org' Libraries are on the cusp of greatness. In the face of nationwide economic pressures, we are reinventing our services to become virtual and physical spaces of conversation, personal growth, innovation, and knowledge building....
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Battle in Rockford Rocks Staff, Patrons
What began as a dispute between Rockford (III.) Public Library and some library staff and patrons over heavy investments in ebooks and e-readers has evolved into a battle between library leaders and staff. Last year, RPL Executive Director Frank...
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"Book Traffickers" Meet Tucson Ban on Mexican-American Studies
As of early March, educators were readying a "book trafficker" caravan that would travel March 12-18 from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona, to donate books about the Mexican-American experience to four volunteer libraries. The donations were meant...
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Click Here to Engage: Classroom Response Systems Ease Discussion and Assessment
Librarians who teach are always looking for ways to gel; patrons more actively engaged in instruction sessions. Research has shown that active learning can have positive effects on student learning and certainly helps to get students to reflect on...
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Council Actions
ALA Council approved programmatic priorities in line with the ALA Ahead to 2015 strategic plan and as a guide to the preparation of the fiscal year 2013 budget, presented by Treasurer Jim Neal (Council Document #13.0). The priority areas are diversity,...
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Create a Library "Tech Shop": Digital Media Labs, Hackerspaces, and Coworking Spaces Put Tools in Customer's Hands
Yes, libraries have books about how to create a graphic novel, how to learn a musical instrument, and even how to set up a small business. Why not take it one step further and supply the tools necessary for your community to design the artwork for...
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Detente in New York on Ebooks
American Library Association President Molly Raphael led a delegation of ALA leaders to an unprecedented series of meetings with senior executives from five publishing houses in New York City on January 30-February 1 to discuss ebook lending in libraries....
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Directions to Library Wayfinding: Directional and Informational Signs Guide Patrons into and around the Library
The word "wayfinding" has multiple meanings, but the one that really matters to liorarians comes from the field of architecture and is concerned with how human beings orient themselves and choose paths within a built environment. Signage is one...
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Ebooks at the Forefront of the Tools of Change
Concerns over ebooks and e-readers were at the forefront of the recent of Change for Publishing (TOC) conference in New York City. Appropriately, TOC's theme was "Change/Forward/Fast"-a theme that could apply to anyone in the greater book ecology....
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Gina Millsap Candidate for ALA President
Visit ginajmillsap.com I'm sitting at my old oak table in Auburn, Kansas, a few miles east of the Flint Hills, watching the cardinals bicker over who gets to sit on the feeder. I'm also considering the ALA strategic plan and those of the divisions,...
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Global Reach
CANADA 1 The second annual National Book Count, held January 23-29, shows that Canadians buy or borrow from a library more than five books every second. This year, ebooks were included in the count--which was tracked by a partnership of bookstores...
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Hot Issues Drive ALA: Dealing with Immediate Library Concerns
The focus on electronic publishing and access through libraries to digital editions (ebooks) has been intense, particularly in recent months. The policies and practices of the "Big Six" publishers-Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan. Penguin, Random...
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How QR Codes Add Value to Library Programming
You receive a postcard in the mail from Colorado Springs. It says, "Wish you were here." You look at it more carefully and notice the photograph is of a dead man. No, wait! A dead man--and a dead woman. The caption reads, "Frozen to death on Pikes...
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How the World Sees Us
"I saw in the news about Penguin pulling ebooks. Why are publishers such poopyheads to you guys?" Los Angeles librarian SHAYERA TANGRI relaying, via tweet, a statement by a patron, Feb. 13. "A library is not just a building full of books. It...
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It's Always Time for CE-TV: Grow Your Skill Set Online, 24/7
Have you heard of Khan Academy? Sal Khan started the project in the belief that people could learn by watching short, targeted videos online. Subjects run the gamut: from algebra to art history to the principles of banking to taking the SAT. He began...
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Key Strategies Discussed: A Report on the Executive Board Midwinter Meeting Sessions
ALA's Executive Board discussions during the Midwinter Meeting focused on some key Association initiatives. The ALA Strategic Plan outlines Association goals and objectives and provides a framework for plans, strategies, and initiatives on a day-to-day...
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Library History and Women's History: An Ongoing Convergence
The convergence of women's history and library history at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition heralded the beginnings of a tradition of advocacy that would shape our profession for the next 100 years and beyond. As American women entered librarianship...
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Midwinter: A Conversation of 10,000: Digital Content, Libraries' Evolving Roles, and the Youth Media Awards Were Hot Topics in Dallas
The role of Midwinter, which typically has focused on business meetings, has been under debate for several years as technology now allows people to conduct much of the traditional committee work throughout the year. Following recommendations in last...
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New Now
The following pages contain excerpts from the 2012 Library Design Showcase. See more new and renovated buildings at americanlibrariesmagazine.org/Iibrarydesign12. Also, watch for an American Libraries digital supplement in April that will showcase...
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Newsmaker: Jamal Joseph
In 1970, Jamal Joseph exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their campus to the ground. Today, he is associate professor of Columbia's School of the Arts film division in New York City. His personal odyssey--from the streets of Harlem to...
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Of Design, Danes, and Daffodils
What is your favorite library space? Perhaps a school library reading nook, or the august reading room from your university days; or maybe the balcony stacks in your hometown? The architectural design--and of course, a facility's resources--draw you...
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Returning the Love: Isn't It about Time for Librarians to Reciprocate?
Can't you just see a group of librarians gathering around the proverbial water cooler each morning to profess their love for their patrons? "We love our patrons. Yes, we do. We love our patrons. How about you?" Okay, maybe not, but the sentiment...
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Rousing Reads: Science for the Nonscientist
I was never any good at science, whether it was dissecting a frog or--God help me--completing a science-fair project. My personal nadir came on a chemistry exam in high school. I like to think my score of eight points out of a possible 100 remains,...
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The Conversation Continues @ Your Library
ALA's Midwinter Meeting program, "The Conversation Starts Here" prompted hundreds of librarians to envision new ways to engage their communities. David Lankes, professor at the Syracuse University School of Information. told participants. "Today, the...
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The Coolness Factor: Hipness Rarely Ages Gracefully
Age among librarians used to be fairly easy to determine, but no longer in our era of nips, tucks, Botox, and hair coloring. And you can't just come out and ask someone his or her age; such a question today is not only impolite but possibly even discriminatory....
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The Once and Future Library: An Architect's Perspective on Designing for Changing Constituencies
To some librarians it must seem like a perfect storm: Budgets are being slashed, ebooks suddenly are outselling their print ancestors, electronic movies on demand are slowing over-the-counter DVD lending, and the general public can find answers to...
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Women in the White City: Lessons from the Woman's Building Library at the Chicago World's Fair
Next year will be the 120th anniversary of I the World's Columbian Exposition, more commonly known as the Chicago World's Fair--a grand event that lasted six months, attracted 27 million visitors, and introduced attendees to the Ferris Wheel shredded...
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