American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 7, August

Against All Odds: Refugees Coping in a Strange Land
GLOBAL AWARENESS INCLUDES A COMMITMENT TO THE INFORMATION NEEDS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE The American public has seen and read about the plight of thousands of refugees from Yugoslavia's Kosovo province who fled to camps in Macedonia and other neighboring...
ALA Keeps Cool in New Orleans: Annual Conference Is Big and Easy
TEMPERATURES SOARED, BUT THE LAID-BACK AURA OF THE CITY THAT CARE FORGOT MADE MOST EVERYONE FORGET As expected, New Orleans temperatures soared to sweltering levels during ALA's 118th Annual Conference, June 24-30. What wasn't so predictable was...
Annual Conference Exhibits: New Products in New Orleans
If there were an ALA Exhibit Award for the best chocolate given out by a vendor, the award at this year's Annual Conference would surely have gone to Management Dynamics. The wrapped-in-silver mild milk chocolate squares with a hint of peppermint kept...
Arson Destroys Library in California Synagogue
Three synagogues in the Sacramento, California, area, one of which housed the Sosnick Library of Judaica books and videos, were set ablaze before dawn June 18. The collection of Congregation B'nai Israel in Land Park was destroyed - over 5,000 books...
A World of Difference: The Peace Corps Story
LIVING AND SERVING IN ANOTHER LAND TEACHES GLOBAL DIVERSITY THROUGH LOCAL COMMITMENT Libraries are an important part a community's fabric. communities in developing countries reach out for more knowledge and understanding of the world, they are...
Booksellers Boost Canadian Library Association Meeting
Almost 1,400 delegates came to Toronto June 16-20 to attend the 54th annual conference of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), with a theme of "Facing the Challenges: A Practical Survival Guide." This year's conference was held in Toronto for the...
Building a Partnership: Library Service to Labor
BARGAIN FOR MORE USERS WHEN YOU STRIVE TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF ORGANIZED WORKERS Librarians have long worked with other organizations that advocate like-minded principles and goals. Nationally, we collaborate in coalitions on intellectual freedom...
Building Communities Is Our Business
"Libraries Build Community" - the theme I have chosen for my 19992000 ALA presidency - means collaborating and forming partnerships and alliances. Libraries have always done this to some extent. But times have changed. And we can no longer do our work...
Chapter Report: Libraries, Communities, and Diversity
Whether you're building a collection, a community, or chapter membership, it helps to recognize the value of varied ingredients. The Texas Library Association's (TLA) Annual Conference, ALA President Sarah Long's 1999-2000 "Libraries Build Community"...
Choose Freedom Read: Book Talks Behind Bars
AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM FURTHERS READING AMONG INMATES We are living in times of restricted government budgets and "get tough on crime" approaches to criminal justice. How does this political atmosphere relate to jail and prison libraries, which historically...
Dole Uses Library Sites to Blast Cyberporn
Republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole called on Congress June 28 to deny federal funds to any public library that doesn't install blocking software for pornographic Internet sites "on all its computers . . . whether they're used by children...
Filter Advocate Blankets States with FOIA Requests
Filtering Facts President David Burt has launched a new phase in his ongoing effort to force libraries to turn over documentation of "patron and staff complaints . . . about patrons accessing pornographic or sexually explicit material on public Internet...
Keeping the Faith: Religion in the Professional Sense
THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS' EXPERIENCE BIND BELIEFS TO BIBLIOGRAPHY David Iverson has an MLS degree and 10 years' experience in public librarianship. But in October 1998, after a month on the job as librarian at the Bethany...
Libraries in South Africa: Extending the Reach
WHERE THE PEOPLE ASK NEW GOVERNMENT LEADERS TO MOVE FORWARD FASTER, A HANDFUL OF LIBRARIANS REWRITE PRIORITIES FOR POLITICIANS' WISH LISTS South Africa's second post-apartheid elections took place on June 2 of this year. Having given most of his...
Medical Librarians Examine Their Future at Chicago Conference
The "Present Tense, Future Perfect?" theme of the May 14-19 Medical Library Association conference in Chicago was the fitting culmination of the association's yearlong centennial celebration. Attended by some 2,600 health-sciences librarians, the conference...
Moral Leadership: A Response to the Littleton Tragedy
Amid countless distractions, too many young people are choosing their own engrossments without the notice of parents and mentors. Building bombs and imitating Nazis are attractive to some teenagers who don't understand yet what makes life good and...
"MyLibrary" Can Help Your Library
PERSONALIZATION EMPOWERS PATRONS TO GET ONLY THE RESOURCES RELEVANT TO THEM What if the computers in your library knew every patron, could greet them by name, and had instant recollection of their favorite periodical databases, online catalogs,...
NYPL Hosts International Virtual Libraries Conference
"We're all doing pretty much the same things, so we must be moving the right way!" said Ute Schwens, deputy director of Germany's Deutsche Bibliothek, characterizing the 50-plus representatives from the largest libraries in North America and Western...
Privacy: The Next Challenge
The rapid onset of a near-ubiquitous online environment has led librarians to ask important questions, such as how we support the information have-nots of an informated society with our increasingly limited resources. These, unfortunately, are the...
Reader Survey Is a Vote for Moderation
Earlier this year, a research firm conducted a survey of American Libraries' readers. If you are among the 687 ALA members who responded (out of 1,000 to whom it was sent), thank you. You helped us achieve a 69% response rate, higher than average and...
Special Librarians Mine Data in Minneapolis
John Cotton Dana, founder of the Special Libraries Association in 1909, once wrote that special libraries are "informative, thought-provoking, habit-disturbing, ambition-arousing" places. Those adjectives applied equally to SLA's 90th annual conference...
State Library Funding Heats Up for Summer
Four states reported major funding boosts for libraries this summer, although another state-aid package was derailed over the contentious issue of Internet filtering. * Gov. Tom Ridge signed into law June 26 a bill that, according to the governor's...
The Congress on Professional Education: Lessons Learned from Library School, Past and Future
"The [library] profession itself needs a complete review of services, lacks, and dangers. . . . It needs a much clearer concept than it now has as to what librarianship is. . . . Librarianship . . . lacks any certainty as to its scope and purpose."...
Words of the Street: Homeless People's Newspapers
THESE PROVOCATIVE AND INFORMATIVE PUBLICATIONS BELONG IN THE LIBRARY AS WELL AS ON THE STREET If, as journalist A. J. Liebling declared, freedom of the press belongs to those who own one, where can we find the real thoughts of people who can't afford...