American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 11, December

2007 ALA Nominating Committee Council Nominees
CAROL L. ANDERSON Associate Librarian State University of New York at Albany Albany, New York ANGEL D. BATISTE Area Specialist Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Washington, D.C. WALTER L. BETTS Systems...
ALA Executive Board: Campaign for America's Libraries Enters Phase Two
At its fall meeting, held October 27-29 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, the Association's Executive Board examined a written plan for the second phase of the Campaign for America's Libraries (EBD #12.19). Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels explained...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Jeremy Adamson was appointed director for collections and services at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., October 13. * Kristin Andrews has been appointed research librarian for French, Italian, and classics at the University of California...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
EXHIBITS Through Dec. 20: New York Public Library: At the Mid-Manhattan Library: "Love in Small Change." www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions.cfm. Through Dec. 31: New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: "The African Presence...
Davenport, Rettig Seek 2008-2009 ALA Presidency; Hersberger, Pinder Vie for Treasurer Post
Nancy Davenport, interim director of library services at the District of Columbia Public Library, and James Rettig, university librarian at the University of Richmond in Virginia, are nominees for the 2008-2009 ALA presidency. The Executive Board approved...
Filter-Savvy Students Barred from Most of Web
As of October 20, students of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District headquartered in Palmer, Alaska, are no longer able to retrieve websites on classroom or media-center computers unless the site ends in a .gov or .edu domain name, or is a...
FTRF Joins in Texas Brief Filing
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has joined a coalition of groups, led by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), in the filing of a brief that urges the Texas Supreme Court not to review an intermediate appellate court ruling involving...
Funding Cuts Close Three Minneapolis Branches
Hoping to avoid additional layoffs, extend hours at remaining branches, and keep the Minneapolis Public Library system afloat through 2008, the library board voted 6-2 October 25 to shut down the Roosevelt, Southeast, and Webber Park branches, as well...
Grassroots Report: The Unkindest Cuts of All
At first, I thought it was a joke. I had just received an acceptance from a journal, an important achievement for promotion and tenure purposes. I was pleased with my article and happy that it would be published in a particularly reputable scholarly...
Internet Librarian: Silence Is Golden
I love to talk. (I know, big shock; smelling salts will be available at the door for those who feel a bit lightheaded at this revelation.) In fact, one of my great privileges over the last few years has been the opportunity to visit and speak at a...
Libraries Can Serve as Key Out-of-School Time Players: First After-School Programming Conference
Public libraries may have been the original after-school providers, but they must step up their efforts if they are to be players in the fast-growing Out-of-School Time (OST) movement. That was the message of the first conference for librarians on...
Looking Back on the Year of the Blog
We might end up calling 2006 "The Year of the Blog." With 175,000 new blogs created every day, they are undeniably growing in power and influence. On the other hand, just how much time in any given day a sane librarian ought to spend reading blogs...
My Alma Mater: A Paean to the Chicago Public Library, Where One of America's Most Celebrated Writers Honed His Craft
My alma mater is the Chicago Public Library. I got what little educational foundation I got in the third-floor reading room, under the tutelage of a Coca-Cola sign. I somehow came across a copy of Main Street, and I was stunned to find descriptions...
Obituaries: Advocacy Champion Harold Hacker, 38-Year LC Veteran David Kresh
Harold Hacker, 90, director of Rochester (N.Y.) Public Library and the Monroe County Public Library System from 1954 to 1978, died October 22. Hacker was a past president of the New York Library Association, winner of NYLA's Outstanding Advocate of...
Online Election Process Underway
Members are asked to update their records in preparation for the fourth year of online elections. All paid members as of January 31, 2007, are eligible to vote in the 2007 election. Polls will open March 15. Toinsurethatmembere-mailrecordsareaccurate,...
On My Mind: Don't Just Read-Read Good Books
One of the strongest traditions in American librarian-ship is that of moral uplift. Our Victorian ancestors, including Melvil Dewey and Andrew Carnegie, were missionaries for good books. It's no accident that "good books" is still a Library of Congress...
Public Library Rebirth: A Historical Look at Serving the Poor and Underserved, Celebrating 35 Years of OLOS and 50 Years of LSTA
Shortly after World War II, many developments came together to create a climate that fostered a fuller destiny for many Americans. Millions of people had died but democracy had been saved for many of those who lived. Uniquely in the history of warfare,...
Referenda Roundup 2006: Strong Library Support throughout Nation
On election day November 7, voters in Austin, Texas, approved a new 250,000-square-foot Central Library, while Oakland, California, residents rejected a measure to turn a vacant convention center into a new main library. [GRAPHIC OMITTED] The...
Straight Answers from Martin Gomez
As president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Martin Gomez oversees an ambitious agenda to keep public library service evolving to meet the needs of its clientele. Among the initiatives Gomez took on when he came to the ULC helm in 2004 was...
Technically Speaking; Freedom: A Year in Review
Every time I read a "year in review" roundup, it simply reminds me how quickly the preceding year has gone by, and the past year's worth of news from the library automation world is no exception. By the end of this year, I will have received several...
Technology in Tennessee: Library and Information Technology Association National Forum
ALA's Library and Information Technology Association's ninth national forum, held October 26-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, opened on a literal high note with a bit of local flavor in a keynote by John Rumble, senior historian for the Country Music Hall...
The "New" Advocacy: Making Your Dues Work Harder
For me, December brings not only a flurry of holiday cards, but also my American Library Association membership renewal. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most members will eventually get that renewal back in the mail. After all, they understand that ALA...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"I know what you're thinking. If Aunt Iris has nothing to hide, she can get a little of her own urine on her hands and prove she's not strung out on junk. Then we can feel safe, and she can go back to misshelving the Reader's Digests. But then a second...
Top 10 Library Stories of 2006
For the second year in a row, the devastation of a great American city became the most important library story of the year. When the American Library Association booked New Orleans as the site of its 2006 Annual Conference, no one could have imagined...
Transforming Our National Agenda
I know I make the very patient American Libraries magazine editorial staff crazy with my failure to meet established deadlines for this column. But one of the benefits is that I can write about the latest news. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's Election...
Treasurer Candidates
Rod Hersberger, dean of the University Library at California State University-Bakersfield (CSUB), and Jo Ann Pinder, former executive director of the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library, are candidates for the 2007-2010 term as ALA treasurer. Hersberger...
Will's World: This Way to Paradise
What do I have in my wallet? In addition to my credit card, driver's license, supermarket discount card, voter ID, and photo of my grandchildren, I have seven different library cards. Who needs seven different library cards? Let me answer that question...
Working Knowledge: What Are You Waiting For?
Is this you? You used to love presenting storytime, or perhaps bibliographic instruction, but you no longer carry out the duty because of a change in circumstance or leadership. But now that time has passed, your library once again needs someone to...
YALSA Prepares for Golden Year
If you work in a public, school, or academic library and you serve teen users, you'll see more of them in the coming decade. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there will be over 42 million teens by 2008. Additionally, participation by youth under...