American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 8, September

Books, Bytes, & Believers: Seattle's Grassroots Fundraising Campaign
REAPING THE BENEFITS OF GOOD SERVICE, A LIBRARY HARVESTS A BOUNTY OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENHANCE ITS COLLECTIONS So far, more than 10,000 individuals and organizations have stepped up to the plate with gifts and pledges totaling more than $1 million as...
Bringing the Internet to the Developing World
IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN GOODWILL TO MAKE GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY A REALITY On September 20, 1997, the government of Mali launched its national Internet gateway at the country's first Exposition of Information Technologies. Mali thus became the first country...
Cybercheating: Dishonesty Goes Digital
THE WEB MAKES PLAGIARISM EASIER THAN EVER FOR STUDENTS BUT OFFERS LIBRARIANS NEW METHODS OF DETECTION Plagiarism has always been a problem and is often associated with younger students who don't fully understand the behaviors that constitute cheating,...
Internet Librarian
The Cybermobile: A Groovy Set of Wheels Those of us in areas so thinly populated that an excursion to the library involves more preparation than a mountain-climbing trip were thrilled by the debut at ALA Annual Conference of Muncie (Ind.) Public Library's...
Is "Bad Boss" a Redundancy?
Ever since I started writing this column six years ago, a month rarely goes by when I don't get a letter exhorting me to write about bad bosses. In the words of one reader, "You've written about socially dysfunctional catalogers, loopy children's librarians,...
Money Matters
Baiting the Gateway to Full Funding - with Food Is any public library not in a political environment? To gain budget support, to garner allies in a censorship controversy, to plan for more current technology or a larger space - all public libraries...
Nebraska Librarians Sue to Stop Cap Measure
As one of some 30 organizations forming the Nebraskans for the Good Life (NGL) coalition, the Nebraska Library Association filed a suit to keep a proposed budget-capping constitutional amendment off the November 3 ballot. Although a judge dismissed the...
Our Most American Institution: The New NEH Chair on Libraries
LIBRARIES ARE THE PERFECT OUTLET FOR THE PROGRAMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES As author, folklorist, filmmaker, and academic administrator, William R. Ferris had compiled a distinguished record of achievement and leadership...
Technically Speaking
D.C. Exhibitors Capital-ize on New Technologies The exhibits at the 1998 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., June 27-July 1, introduced a number of significant new technologies into the library marketplace. The most dramatic, and potentially...
The Dangerous Modern Library List
MANY OF THE 100 BEST NOVELS HAVE OFTEN BEEN BANNED, BURNED, AND VILIFIED The Modern Library's list of the 100 best 20th-century English-language novels generated disagreement and backlash almost as soon as it was announced July 20. Readers around the...
What's Fair Game?
PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE PATRICIA SCHROEDER AND LIBRARIAN JAMES NEAL SOUND OFF OVER HOW MANY BYTES ONE CAN ACCESS BEFORE CROSSING THE DIGITAL COPYRIGHT LINE To the accompaniment of whirring hard drives and humming optical scanners, library leaders and a...