American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, April

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ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION The Association for Library Service to Children is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. The ALA division's award programs, advocacy initiatives, and educational...
Arbitrator Rules against EPA in Library Closures Challenge
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility--a national alliance of local, state, and federal resource professionals--announced February 28 that a federal arbitrator has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency engaged in unfair labor practices...
Backed by Internet Archive, Entrepreneur Takes on OCLC
In partnership with the Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance, 21-year-old entrepreneur Aaron Swartz is discreetly challenging OCLC's subscription-based World Cat with a free online book catalog called Open Library, designed to be maintained...
Charles Simic
I was born in a now extinct country (Yugoslavia) speaking a language (Serbo-Croatian) which is no longer called that and left in 1953 with my mother and brother to join my father in America," Charles Simic told American Libraries. From those immigrant...
Circle of Knowledge: Sap Boiling Moon Month or Iskigamizige-Giizis
April is School Library Media Month and is also a time of new and continuing celebrations. Support Teen Literature Day will be recognized April 17. It is designed as an opportunity to support literature written for teen readers, including the Young...
Failure to Perform: What to Do When a Director Isn't Directing
I received an e-mail from a library user on the East Coast who expressed concern about an incompetent public library director. The librarian had not implemented the most basic professional standards over a career spanning several decades. Although...
Finding Reason for Rhyme: Well-Versed Adolescents Are Rocking Libraries
How do youth services departments celebrate National Poetry Month? One could count the ways that librarians encourage young patrons to understand and delight inverse. Libraries have helped sponsor Poetry Out Loud competitions, drawing, organizers...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM 1 Julian Blackwell, president of the Blackwell's chain of bookstores, has given Oxford University's Bodleian Library [pounds sterling]5 million ($10.1 million U.S.) to renovate the New Bodleian building on Broad Street and enable...
Global Warming and Us: Assessing Our Environmental and Professional Responsibility
While driving over the Continental Divide in Montana last summer, I was heartsick to see many rust-colored trees scattered throughout forests of usually solid green, In places it looked as though 20-30% of the trees were dead, and indeed they are--killed...
Going for the Green: Three Environmentally Friendly Libraries Illustrate a County's Commitment to Sustainable Design
The philosophy behind environmentally friendly design sounds like common sense--use resources wisely, recycle, and utilize native materials as much as possible. The complexity is in the implementation. How do you document the process, set priorities,...
Go, Team! Integrating Technology into Group Work
The internet has changed the way we live. There is no escaping its influence. As librarians, we talk a lot about the Web and how it has altered the way information is accessed, used, and distributed, but it is also altering the way we work. The internet...
Harvard Faculty Approves Open Access Policy
Harvard University's arts and sciences faculty voted unanimously February 12 to publish their scholarly articles online, making them available to the public at no charge. Under the plan, the university's library will oversee a newly created Office...
Homegrown Superstars Say READ to Succeed: Local Community Celebrities Breathe New Life into ALA's Quarter-Century-Old Public Relations Tool
The trade marked ALA READ posters, featuring celebrities holding a favorite book, have been a fixture in reading and literacy promotions for 25 years. Whether produced by ALA or by individual libraries, the posters continue to play the role of advocate...
How the World Sees Us
"When I was 13, I kissed Ann Podzervinsky on the lips in a Catholic library. Just kissing a girl was scary enough, but kissing in the same room with a nun was almost more than I could handle. Sister Mary Daniels did not see me, Ann decided she didn't...
Isn't It Del.Icio.Us? Social Bookmarking Your Way to Web Guides
For library webmasters, keeping lists of online resources fresh can be a Sisyphean task. Websites disappear, new ones appear, and URLs change all the time. Most webmasters would love to let their colleagues update the web links themselves, but that...
Keeping Up: Can We Cope with the Pace and Breadth of Innovation?
How happy was I when the Hollywood writers' strike ended? Plenty. By the time you read this, we may already be getting new episodes of Ugly-Betty and CSI. Thank goodness-Even I was getting tired of reality stuff (though not, I assure you, my beloved...
Learning Side by Side: At the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, College Students Share Library Space with Teens, Babies, and Grandparents
Two El Paso (Tex.) Community College students pore over research texts next to a high school student Googling an online source not far from 14 teen mothers learning to delight their babies with nursery rhymes and rhythms. Such is the scene at the library...
Makeover at the Mansion: A Private Library in a Historic 42-Room House Presents Special Restoration Challenges
An increasing number of historic sites--along with their collections and archives--are being rediscovered and preserved today. While many of the preservation and collection management challenges found in these homes and museums are no different from...
Security Revisited after Child Is Assaulted
A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty March 4 to the rape of a 6-year-old boy January 31 in a reference-room magazine aisle at New Bedford (Mass.) Public Library's Main Library. During the assault, the child's mother was working at a computer...
Seven Special Days: Library Workers of the World, My Hat's off to You!
Happy National Library Week, everybody. As honorary chair of this year's celebration, part of my responsibility is to thank you, the library workers of the world, for all that you do throughout the year. As a mother and grandmother, one of my greatest...
Southern Methodist University Chosen as Site for Bush Library
The board of trustees of Southern Methodist University unanimously approved an agreement with the George W. Bush Library Foundation February 22 to locate the presidential library and policy institute on the campus. The agreement, which followed...
Terrorists Strike Libraries in Gaza and Jerusalem
Terrorists recently visited Middle Eastern libraries in two separate incidents within a month. A lone gunman killed eight students in an attack on a library in a religious school in Jerusalem March 6, while the Palestinian Authority arrested two suspects...
The Green Scene: 2008 Library Design Showcase
Environmentalism is in--whether it carries the tag "sustainable," "eco-friendly," or simply "green." This theme is evident in library construction in the continued growth of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...
The Mystery of the Green Cover
I'm hardly the first person to observe that the best part of doing electronic readers' advisory is that you often wind up somewhere you had no intention of going. I had that experience the other day when I was in the process of using Booklist Online...
The Sharin' of the Green
Throughout the past year, beautiful photographs and florid descriptions of dozens of library building projects have flowed into the American Libraries editorial offices. The sheer number of submissions (more than 70) has been gratifying, despite the...
Unproductive at Last: Why Must Retirees Do Something with Themselves?
You might have noticed the American Libraries blurb about my retirement (AL, Sept. 2007, p. 75). Several readers immediately asked me what I was planning to do with all my free time. At first, I was at a loss for words and mumbled something a bit vague...
Wiretap Suit Rejected as Eavesdropping Law Sunsets
The U.S. Supreme Court declined February 18 to consider whether plaintiffs who believed they had been spied on without a court order could challenge the legality of such surveillance without tangible proof--even if the proof is classified as a state...