American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 8, September

A Poet's-Eye View of What Contemporary Librarians Can Do
I've heard that poetry sales are up 40% since the establishment of National Poetry Month last year. My work as an educator also tells me that poetry is on the rise, so I feel a great kinship with librarians who are trying to get poetry into the minds...
Cyber Kids: A Recipe for Success
Cyber Kids, a program for children and the Internet at the Canton (Mich.) Public Library, is the kind of success story that reminds us why we became librarians in the first place. Libraries contemplating how - or whether - to offer access to the Internet...
Duke Ellington Packs 'Em In
SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY AND 29 OTHERS JAZZ UP THEIR EXHIBITION EFFORTS One of the most successful traveling exhibitions ever developed by ALA, "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington" recently ended its two-year tour to 30 libraries...
Floods Devastate Libraries in Southwestern Poland
Libraries in 23 of Poland's 49 administrative districts have reported heavy damage to collections, buildings, and equipment as a result of July-August flooding, the worst the nation has seen in many decades. Waters from the raging Odra River have killed...
Flood Toll at Colorado State Could Reach $100 Million
What made the flood that hit Colorado State University in Fort Collins July 28 so horrific was its speed. The price tag for damages to the university library alone could run as high as $40 million, due largely to the way the water surged into the building...
In Praise of Branches
A GATHERING OF REMEMBRANCES FROM CHILDHOODS SPENT UNDER THE NURTURING INFLUENCE OF NEIGHBORHOOD BRANCH LIBRARIES As librarians, we have always considered reading an essential attribute of a civilized society and a pursuit meriting our fullest commitment....
Kane Retained as Hawaii Reclaims Technical Services
The Hawaii Board of Education on July 25 granted State Librarian Bart Kane another six months to get technical services operations at the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) back under control. Kane had terminated the outsourcing contract with...
Kids Have First Amendment Rights, Too
TWO INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS CLARIFY WHAT THE "BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR THE INTERNET" MEANS FOR LIBRARIANS AND MINORS AS THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS In striking down the purpotedly Internet-purifying Communications Decency Act (CDA), the U.S. Supreme Court...
Let's Partner as Patriots
THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY MAY LIE IN LINKING LIBRARIES WITH COMMUNITY NETWORKS Democratic theorist Robert Dahl believes that citizens' ability to place their concerns on the public agenda is a cornerstone of democracy. With the Internet, inexpensive two-way...
Let Them Read Greats!
WITH ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES, THE GREAT BOOKS FOUNDATION RENEWS ITS NATURAL PARTNERSHIP WITH LIBRARIES TO REACH A NEW GENERATION OF READERS America's public libraries enthusiastically hosted many, if not most, of the book discussion groups spawned...
Meditations for Librarians
A LEADING PRACTITIONER OFFERS INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS ON THE UNIQUE VALUES OF LIBRARY WORK OPENING THE DOOR There are possibilities in a door always, for how can you know what is on the other side? - Anthony Hope, Tales of Two People I open the doors...
Notebook Computers: To Buy or Not?
To buy or not to buy truly is the question for librarians considering the purchase of notebook computers. These tips are based on our experience at Mansfield University, where we've had notebook computers available for our 3,000 students for more than...
Oregon Legislators Bet on Gambling, Not Libraries
Voting to give the horse-racing industry $4.8 million and libraries zero, Oregon legislators in July rejected a $15-million funding request from library supporters to keep hours and budgets intact as cuts imposed by two property-tax limitation laws take...
Pratt Plan Proposes Regionals, Shuts Branches
Touted by officials as a means to bring the Enoch Pratt Free Library into the next century, an ambitious plan to build four regional libraries and upgrade electronic access has Baltimore library activists and other community members angry over branch...
The Next Generation Internet: Government Policy and the Future of the Net
Last October, in a speech on research and technology policy delivered at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, President Clinton announced a new federal research and development initiative he said would create a Next Generation Internet (NGI). Although it lacked in...
The Way We Work: A Library Discussion Series
TWENTY LIBRARIES AND THEIR PATRONS FOCUS ON THE AMERICAN WORK ETHIC America's libraries are valuable resources for identifying the best career options. For both the seasoned professional and the recent college graduate, the tools available in print...
They Won! and Did It ALA's Way
THE YEAR'S BEST LIBRARIANS, LIBRARIES, TRUSTEES, AND ADVOCATES ARE HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY THE ASSOCIATION AND ITS SUPPORTERS "I did it ALA's way," crooned Mary Somerville, summarizing her year as ALA president to the tune of "My Way." Appropriately,...
Vote Yes for Election Info Power
The core mission of public libraries is to provide information and published material. But should they also distribute election campaign literature? The AdHoc Group on Voter Decision-Making Information (AGVDI), a set of frustrated voters in central Ohio,...
Who Has the Best Page in Libraryland?
If you attended this year's Annual Conference in San Francisco and managed to fight your way through the phalanx of panhandlers clogging the sidewalks from Union Square to the Moscone Convention Center, you probably noticed that a lot of awards were...
Why It's So Difficult to Be Executive Director of ALA
AFTER THREE TEMPESTUOUS YEARS, ALA'S RECENTLY DEPARTED MANAGER REFLECTS ON HER TRIUMPHS AND THE TOLL THEY TOOK "I am a catalyst for change, that's what I do," Elizabeth Martinez said on one of several occasions that American Libraries tried to convince...