American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 6, June-July

129th Annual Conference, June 23-29, Chicago: ALA's Kind of Town; Highlights, Key Meetings and Events, and What's New for 2005
From a visit to Oprah's Harpo studios and the lakefront's Navy Pier to dining on deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog, a variety of activities and cuisines await some 20,000 librarians, library supporters, vendors, and others expected to attend...
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2005 ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Locator
2005 ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Locator McCormick Place South Building June 25-28, 2005 Exhibit Hours Saturday-Monday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm EXHIBITOR BOOTH # 2006...
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ACLU Reports on Use of Filters in R.I. Libraries
Rhode Island public libraries are inconsistent in how they comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, Aug. 2004, p. 17), and in some cases discourage access to constitutionally protected material, the state's American Civil Liberties Union...
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ACRL 12th National Conference: Academics and Millennials in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Convention Center exhibit hall and meeting rooms were packed April 7-10 for "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change," the Association of College and Research Libraries' 12th National Conference, as a record-breaking...
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ALA Councilors Elected
Thirty-six members have been elected to Council in results announced May 2. Thirty-three were elected for the 2005-2008 term, and as indicated below, two have been elected for 2005-2007 and one for 2005-2006. * Khafre K. Abif, manager, Cleveland...
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ALA Executive Board: Conservative Budget Finds Room for New Initiatives
At its spring meeting, held April 15-17 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, the Association's Executive Board approved a budget that combined conservative revenue estimates with funding for new initiatives. Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels observed...
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ALA Meets with Atty. Gen. Gonzales
ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano and other Association leaders met with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and members of his staff May 2 to discuss library concerns over Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. They traveled to Washington, D.C., after...
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ASCLA's Middle Name Is Advocacy
Members of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies are strong supporters of advocacy efforts. Supported by a grant from the Library of Congress, ASCLA has completely revised the Standards and Guidelines of Service for the...
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Bedford Reopens as Fundraising Efforts Continue
The Bedford (Tex.) Public Library reopened its doors May 3, just over a month after it closed following a $2.6-million cut from its $24.8-million budget (AL, May, p. 12). Patrons who gathered outside the library awaiting its reopening greeted the staff...
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Cited
Joan Airoldi, director of the Whatcom County (Wash.) Library System, won the PEN/Newman's Own FirstAmendmentAward April 20 for refusing to comply with an FBI subpoena for the names of patrons who had checked out a biography of Osama bin Laden. Airoldi...
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Currents: Professionals on the Move
Diane Baden is the new head of cataloging at Boston College Libraries. * Stacey McGee Beach recently joined the Center for Information Processing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. * Johannes Britz will become dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...
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Europe Unites to Create Its Own Digital Library
In the wake of France's call for European nations to make their library collections available on the internet to counter a perceived English-language dominance, six European leaders have offered a proposal for what they called a "European digital library."...
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Getting Bookish in the Windy City
Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., sits at the northeast edge of Printer's Row--a rugged South Loop area once home to the city's bustling publishing houses and railroads. Visit the Popular Library Monday through...
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Global Reach
BULGARIA The St. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia is planning to create a digital archive of its materials. The Culture and Tourism Ministry allocated a subsidy of BGN 650,000 ($421,300 U.S.) for the project. Some of the funding will...
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Grassroots Advocacy Works
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I wrote my first American Libraries column--a time when I was full of high hopes for the creation of a national grassroots advocacy network. The big question now is have we accomplished our goal? ...
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Grassroots Report: Retired, but Still Circulating
In the spring, I had lunch with Frannie Shaw, the daughter-in-law of librarian Charles B. Shaw, who authored A List of Books for College Libraries and its supplements in the 1930s. She asked about my current work on this column, which at the time focused...
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Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday Bash: The 2005 Bologna Children's Book Fair
A 200th anniversary normally wouldn't count for much in a city that has a university founded in 1088 and a street plan devised by the Romans. But this is Bologna. Italy, home to the largest children's book fair in the world, and 2005 marks the 200th...
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IFLA Blasts Turkmenistan Library Closings
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) called on the government of Turkmenistan April 29 to rescind an order by President Saparmurat Niyazov to close the country's libraries. The controversial leader declared that...
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Internet Librarian: An Open Source Social Movement
David Silver really wants you to know that the September Project isn't about September 11, 2001. Of course it started as a reaction to that day, now resonant with such power throughout our culture; however, the September Project (www.thesep temberproject.org)...
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Kansas Board Deselects, Restores ALA Bill of Rights
By a vote of 4-3, the Johnson County (Kans.) Library Board removed from its collection policy April 20 the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, which had been part of its acquisitions guidelines since 1956. The action, which was proposed...
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Leslie Burger Wins 2006-07 Presidency
Leslie Burger, director of the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library, has been elected 2006-2007 ALA president. Burger received 5,401 (54%) of the total 9,999 votes cast for president and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect before she takes...
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Library Advocates Lobby Capitol Hill
Approximately 480 librarians, trustees, and library advocates representing 45 states visited their congressional representatives May 4 during the 31st annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. In a year of tight budgets and newsmaking...
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Looking Back, Moving Forward @ Your Library: The Campaign for America's Libraries Gears Up for Another Five Years
More than 20,000 academic, school, public, and special libraries across the country are participating in ALA's Campaign for America's Libraries, taking advantage of a wealth of tools and resources. Noting the success of the campaign in supporting the...
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Oklahoma House Passes Anti-Gay Lit Resolution
The Oklahoma House passed 81-3 a nonbinding resolution May 9 asking public libraries "to confine homosexually themed books and other age-inappropriate material to areas exclusively for adult access and distribution." The resolution explains that in...
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On My Mind: The Emersonian Librarian
As a new librarian with a background in literature, I find myself often reflecting on how I can apply the world of novels and poetry to my day-to-day functions and future aspirations. Of course, a knowledge of literature can help with collection development...
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Patriot Act's Library Provisions Examined in Congressional Hearings
Continuing a series of oversight hearings on the USA Patriot Act (AL, May, p. 10), congressional committees heard testimony from administration officials April 27 and 28 on the effectiveness of those provisions set to expire at the end of the year--including...
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Police Arrest Ex-Con in Slaying of S.C. Librarian
An ex-convict suspected of murdering the South Carolina librarian with whom he lived was captured April 12 in Augusta, Georgia. A manhunt had been underway for Stephen Stanko, 37, since April 8, when Laura Ling, 43, a reference librarian at Horry County...
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Publicity 101: How to Promote Your Library's Next Event; Even the Best Program Will Play to Empty Houses without a Promotional Push
It doesn't matter how fabulous your library's next event looks to be, how popular the guests you've scored, or how much the program can offer your patrons. If nobody knows about it, you risk what theater professionals call "playing to an empty house."...
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Quick Bibs: 100 Books, 100 Years
As part of Booklist's 100th anniversary celebration, our staff has been compiling a fascinating list of books--one title for each year in what we're calling the Booklist Century. The idea has been to select not the best book published in each year...
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Santa Cruz Shuns Branch Shutterings
A community outcry has trumped worry over red ink among trustees of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Public Libraries, who unanimously approved a new policy May 2 not to close any of the library's 10 facilities. "When there's no one left on the payroll and...
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Stand Up for Libraries: We Must Tend Our Library Gardens and Transplant Our Political Acumen to the Grassroots Level
Library-budget news in the states and municipalities has been grim recently. Consider: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Ohio, the state with some of the best-supported and most-used libraries in the nation, is drastically cutting budgets (see p. 20,...
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Straight Answers from Siva Vaidhyanathan
Sivacracy.net, the blog address of New York University Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication Siva Vaidhyanathan, is the personification of its namesake's worldview. In his online town square, the self-described cultural historian and media...
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Tastes of Chicago: From Old Standbys to Cutting-Edge Cuisine, a Robust Restaurant Scene Awaits Annual Attendees
Since ALA last convened in Chicago, much has changed in the realm of dining out in the Windy City. Chicago chefs cook with a newfound emphasis on local produce, meats, and cheeses. Regional Italian cooking has trumped old-fashioned Italian-American...
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Technically Speaking: What's in a Name?
There's a whole lot of naming going on, and I am one of those humanities-trained folk for whom names really mean something. I know I am not the only one. Usually, I'm complaining about names, and I'll do some of that this month; but the point is that...
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The First Lady and School Libraries
At the risk of being labeled an apologist for the Bush administration, I'd like to point out a few things in defense of the citation ALA presented to First Lady Laura Bush during National Library Week (see p. 8-10). Some members of the Association's...
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Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"The mission of this library is essential to our country, because to understand the life and the sacrifice of Abraham Lincoln is to understand the meaning and promise of America. Most of you all know the First Lady was a librarian. Any time she can...
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Will's World: Books Still Key Conference Draw
There's no better place to hold an ALA conference than the City of Big Shoulders. No, I'm not talking about the great hotels, department stores, restaurants, bars, blues clubs, baseball stadiums, and art museums; nor am 1 referring to the fact that...
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