American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 6, June

A Digital Gift to the Nation Urged
A coalition of educators, cultural and scientific organization directors, and information-technology executives is urging the creation of a national initiative to fulfill the educational promise of the Internet and other digital technologies. The recommendation...
ALA Executive Board
PR's the Thing, @ Your Library Association The national "@ your library" public relations campaign launched last fall and unveiled at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Washington (AL, Mar., p. 50-51) took center stage at the Executive Board's spring meeting...
Arkansas Governor Slashes Library Funding
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee cut funding for public libraries by nearly 70% in his revised 2002-2003 budget proposal April 9, spurring a financial crisis for institutions that have relied on state aid since 1937. His $3.4-million cut to libraries...
Beyond ADA Compliance: Redefining Accessibility
FOR ONE LIBRARY SET ON MAKING EQUAL ACCESS A REALITY, LIMITED MEANS WAS NO BARRIER. What does it mean for a library to be truly accessible? For the staff of the Montclair (NJ.) Public Library, it meant a lot more than being the only fully ADA-compliant...
Bounty by the Bay
A COLLECTION OF MIGHTY DISHES AWAITS THE CONFERENCE CONNOISSEUR One of the great things about attending conferences is the opportunity to discover the food specialties of the host city. Those traveling to San Francisco are in for a real treat. The...
Cited
The students of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in New York have named Richard Chabran, director of the University of California/Riverside's Communities for Virtual Research, as the first annual 21st-Century Librarian. Established...
Double Folding, CIPA Suits, and Celebrations @ Your Library
AS CHAPTER LEADERS AND MEMBERS from all over the country head to San Francisco for the annual rite known simply as "conference" (see p. 88-105), it seems a logical time to explore overlapping areas of interest and/or possible sources of conflict between...
Exceptional Institutions: Libraries and the Pareto Principle
TO ACHIEVE GENUINE EXCELLENCE, LIBRARIES MUST CATER TO THE MINORITY The best public libraries are exceptional institutions--where "exceptional" is a literal description, not an encomium. Good public libraries cater to exceptions: to the ideas, people,...
Fire Destroys Library, Threatens Rare Books
Flames engulfed the small Macedon Public Library in western New York the night of April 29, ruining the building and its main collection and damaging an unknown number of its 6,000 rare books. Investigators believe the fire at the town complex started...
Freedman Elected ALA President
Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, director of the Westchester Library System in Ardsley, New York, has been elected president of the 61,000-member American Library Association for the 2002-2003 term. Freedman received 4,304 votes and will succeed John W....
From Philly to Frisco-125 Years of Going to Conference
THE YEAR 1876 WAS A time of celebration for the United States. One hundred years a nation, and more than a decade beyond the Civil War. The country was building new international relationships and new industry; welcoming its 38th state, Colorado, in...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM An illustrated Armenian Bible dating from 1269 went on display April 12 at the British Library as the centerpiece of its Armenian Christian Art exhibition. Normally housed in the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem, the Erznka Bible...
Good Humor Wanted
Later this month, thousands of librarians will wander the city of San Francisco with their shopping bags and conference badges. Librarians love the City by the Bay for its wonderfully cool weather, cultural eclecticism, and culinary delights. San Francisco...
Internet Librarian
SFX: A Linkalicious Service Most of us have a love-hate relationship with online databases and catalogs. On the one hand, they put an embarrassment of riches into the hands of your staff and patrons: journal articles, citations for books, encyclopedia...
Keepers of the Flame
"As the old folk singer once said: / 'The most dangerous political force / In America today is a / Long memory,' and memory / Will not die in the special / Collections room of a good / Librarian. . ." In Memoriam Gene DeGruson, poem by sociologist...
Libraries Help to Build a Civil Society
"For the first two-thirds of the twentieth century a powerful tide bore Americans into ever deeper engagement in the life of their communities, but a few decades ago--silently, without warning--that tide reversed and we were overtaken by a treacherous...
Making a Difference: Our Librarian in Congress
AFTER 19 YEARS, THE ONE AND ONLY LIBRARIAN IN THE U.S. CONGRESS IS STILL FIGHTING FOR LIBRARY-FRIENDLY LEGISLATION Democratic Congressman Major Owens, from the 11th District in Brooklyn, has been in Washington pounding away at the message for 19...
Mayor's Name Prevails for L.A. Central Library
A spring campaign by supporters of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to rename the Central Library for him met with success despite controversy and an attempt by the city council to veto the proposal. The Los Angeles Public Library Commission voted...
Obituaries
Library Champions David K. Berninghausen, Dan Lacy Library educator David K. Berninghausen, 84, former director (1953-1974) and professor (1953-1981) of the University of Minnesota's School of Library Science, died April 12. The former chair of...
On My Mind
My New Hero Is a Modest Man I have a new hero. I do not mean hero in the way it's most often used, to refer to a celebrity or an idol of some sort. I use the word to refer to a person who might be included in a list of individuals who are highly...
People
Currents Steven Backs is manager of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's West End branch. * July 1, Janice Boyer will begin as dean of the University of Nebraska/Omaha's University Library. She has been interim director for the...
Pols Oppose Ohio Library Freeze
As the state of Ohio edges toward a budget that would freeze state funding for public libraries at current levels (AL, Mar., p. 12-13), two state legislators have taken the lead in op posing the measure. Rep. Timothy J. Grendell (R-Chesterland) and...
Record Numbers Lobby Legislators as Budget Talks Peak
A record 650 librarians and library advocates flocked to Washington, D.C., from nearly every state in the union May 1 for the 27th annual National Library Legislative Day, sponsored by ALA and the District of Columbia Library Association. State...
Taking Care of Business-Online
LIBRARIANS MARY JANE ANDERSON (LEFT) AND BARBARA FORD DISCUSS THE PROMISE AND PITFALLS OF ELECTRONIC MEETING PARTICIPATION FOR ALA MEMBERS Athough online chat and other new telecommunications technologies hold the potential to enhance ALA member...
Technically Speaking
Meeting of the Metadata Minds Heads up: A potentially important metadata image standard is in development. The Association for Information and Image Management International (AIIM) has formed a task force of industry experts and software vendors...
The Association's Associations: ASCLA: ALA's Unique Division
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies is a unique organization because of its diverse membership. Unlike other divisions that represent one group of librarians, ASCLA represents four distinct groups: state library agency employees,...
The Conqueror Bookworm
SOLID RESEARCH AND GOOD SCHOLARSHIP VS. SURFDUMB AND THE INFORAMUS A spreading oil slick called information illiteracy is the single greatest threat to the traditional position of librarians in American democracy. We are encountering a population...
The Perils of Birthin' a Parody
Who can forget that moment in the movie version of Gone With the Wind when Prissy shrieks, "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies," and the righteous indignation on Scarlett O'Hara's face as she slaps Prissy and lets her know just how stupid she...
The Tasini Case: How Will Libraries Be Affected?
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide in June on an intellectual-property case that could have a major impact on the future of library collections. New York Times Co. v. Tasini pits Jonathan Tasini and other members of the New York City--based...
This Month, 39 Years Ago
IN JUNE 1962, Wilson Library Bulletin published an essay by Margaret Monroe titled "The Library's Collection in a Time of Crisis." "The library should make it impossible for adults to miss the socially significant materials of their time," she said,...
Three Cities Sued after Libraries Nix Programs
Within the span of a month, a legal defense group specializing in religious civil liberties launched legal proceed ings against three municipalities over their public libraries' reluctance to al low faith-based programming in their meeting rooms. Liberty...
Wanted! Entertainment Director
WHEN THE PUBLIC LOGS OFF ONLINE REFERENCE IN SEARCH OF R&R, LIBRARIES WILL BE THERE What will the public library be like in 2020?" I recently asked a seminar class of library-science students. Not surprisingly, their reactions revolved around...
Wind Done Gone Called "Unabated Piracy"
A U.S. district court judge ruled April 20 that Alice Randall's novel The Wind Done Gone is essentially a retelling of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind using the same fictional characters, and is not strictly a parody as the author...