American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1-2, January-February

Add to Your (Library) Cart: How to Get the Most out of Your Status Updates, Tweets, and Website
Welcome to Outside/In, our new column for American Libraries. Some readers may remember us from Public Libraries magazine, where we wrote about web topics relevant to librarians and the public library sector. Our goal with this column is to share practical...
Bridging the Digital Gap: Mobile Services Can Help Libraries Reach out to All Populations
Google "smartphone user." Click on Images. What do you see? When I tried this, I saw some graphs, pictures of devices (many of them Black Berrys), and a bunch of while people, mostly men, using smartphones, often to do business. The problem: This...
Building Displays That Move the Merchandise: Observe, Eavesdrop, Ask-And the Book Will Fly off the Shelves
Displays are hit or miss. So often we throw together a bunch of books on a theme. In our flurry to pull just the right items and create beautiful signage to market the display, we get lost in the process and fail to ask ourselves important questions....
Case Study: Leveraging Geographic Data
Suffolk County, New York, has 54 public libraries serving all of eastern Long Island. But each library defines its service area by school district and township boundaries, making it sometimes challenging for people to determine which is their library....
Concerned Parents School Educators about Reading Choices
A flurry of challenges look place in the closing months of the year in school libraries from Maine to Georgia. * A committee assigned to review a graphic Story collection about the travails of life in middle school recommended December 12 that Stuck...
Currents
* November 30 Doug Abbott retired as librarian at Welland (Ont.) Public Library. * Lupita Barron-Rios has become deputy director for public services at Phoenix Public Library. * Elizabeth Bird became youth materials specialist and supervising...
Dining in Dallas: Midwinter Attendees Won't Want for a Good Meal
The informal parts of Midwinter--those personal meetings that take place outside of the official sessions, often over a good meal--can be among the most rewarding. Fortunately, Dallas offers plenty of options for tasty meals. Here, several Dallas librarians...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM (1) Advocates failed December 19 in a legal attempt to thwart the closure of several libraries in northwest London. Residents and celebrities wanted to prevent Brent Council from shutting six libraries and hoped the Court of Appeal...
Historic Egyptian Library Destroyed
The Egyptian Institute and its historic library caught fire early on December 17 during clashes in Cairo between Egyptian security forces and pro-democracy protesters. The institute, a research facility established by the scholars that accompanied...
How the World Sees Us
"You know how Occupy Chicago is talking about the 1% versus the 99%? Well, where the library is concerned, there's only the 100%. Everyone is impacted." CAROLYN ALES3IO, mother of a 9-year-old Girl Scout who joined a November 9 protest by her troop...
I Love My Librarian Award Winners Honored in New York
Ten fierce advocates for their libraries, their patrons, and their communities were honored as winners of the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award at a ceremony in New York City December 9 "Libraries are the treasure house of civilization" said" Vartan...
Librarian's Library: Great Lists of Great Reads
Each January, librarians, publishers, parents ... and. well, anyone who has an interest in books and reading ... await the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. While awards help us define the criteria for "good" books,...
LSSI Gets Its First Florida Contract, Eyes Simi Valley
Despite the opposition of library boosters in Osceola County, Florida, to the proposed outsourcing of county library operations there, the county commission approved a five-year contract with Library Systems & Services (LSSI), a private, for-profit...
Making Progress by Fives: How to Hone Your Skill Set in No Time
At the Australian School Library Association conference in October 2011, Executive Director Karen Bonanno offered several excellent insights in her keynote that are useful to all librarians in this era of tightened budgets and job opportunities. School...
Merritt Fund Aids a Colleague in Distress
As director of Hooper (Nebr.) Public Library, Karla Shafer worked to transform the institution into a vital place in the community for six and a half years. Those efforts ended abruptly in 2010, however, when controversy erupted over Shafer's teaching...
Neal-Schuman Joins ALA Publishing
ALA President Molly Raphael and Neal-Schuman President Patricia Glass Sehuman signed an agreement December 23 to make Neal-Schuman Publishers part of ALA Publishing. "We are very excited about Neal-Schuman joining the ALA family," said Raphael....
Newsmaker: Joanne Budler
Kansas State Librarian Joanne Budler recently terminated the Kansas Digital Library Consortium's contract with ebook vendor OverDrive to become a beta tester of 3M's new Cloud Library ebook lending service. The change is the culmination of a nearly...
No More Business as Usual: The Evolution of ALA's Midwinter Meeting
My first American Library Association Midwinter Meeting was in 1976. After stimulating learning experiences at two Annual Conferences, I really wanted to get involved. Colleagues advised me that Midwinter provided the best venue to do that with its...
Obituaries
* Dorothy Broderick, 82, died December 17. Broderick was the cofounder of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine and led the publication for 19 years. She began her career in the mid-1950s as a children's librarian before entering academia; she served...
OCLC Launches New WorldShare Platform
OCLC has released a new platform that will let its member libraries create, configure, and share a growing number of new services and web-based library applications. The new OCLC WorldShare Platform, a shared technical infrastructure, will serve as...
O Sister Library, Where Art Thou? Libraries near and Far Can Thrive by Forming "The Strongest Relationship"
"Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other." --Carol Saline and Sharon J. Wohlmuth coauthors of Sisters (Running Press, 2004) What if libraries, like sisters, could be there for one another? What,...
Preserving Black Academic Library History: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant Enables Library Alliance to Tout Successes
The success stories of more than 100 libraries participating in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance--involving institutions in 20 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands--are being captured through...
Providing the Tools: Bringing Digital Creation Technologies to Libraries
In the 1990s, libraries were pioneers in providing access to the internet in their communities. Even today, libraries are the only place some community members can get online. Over the past few years, libraries began positioning themselves as the go-to...
Reflecting Our Communities: Brooklyn College Library's Internship Program Open Doors and Minds
Few would disagree that a diverse work force makes us better stewards of the communities we serve. It enhances our ability to respond to an increasingly changing world of patrons, strengthens relations with our communities, and expands the creativity...
Rousing Reads: It's That Time of Year
For compiling best lists, that is. I either make or participate in the making of at least three different kinds of best-book lists every year. First, there's the Booklist Editors' Choice list, published in our January double issue, but I'm only one...
Solutions and Services
PROJECT MUSE[R] Today's Research. Tomorrow's Inspiration muse.jhu.edu Project MUSE's redesigned platform launched January 1 on its beta site. The new platform will provide digital access to more than 14,000 books from 66 university presses...
Taking Care of Business: Entrepreneurship P Is a Two-Way Street
Public librarians have come up with all kinds of reasons why their communities should support them. Some of these reasons are even realistic: * Many people enjoy reading or listening to a good book; * Free Wi-Fi and electricity are attractive...
The Conversation Starts in Dallas: ... on the Transformation of the Profession, the Best Books for Children, Top Authors, and Exhibits
Join the more than 10,000 library leaders publishers, authors, and guests in discussions about the transformation of libraries, learn firsthand from frontline Occupy movement librarians, and engage in the excitement of Youth Media Award announcements...
This Library Gets Everyone's Vote: Special Collection Preserves a "Primary" Tradition
Reference librarians frequently get scholarly questions that challenge their library's resources. Take, for instance, "Who finished second to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Democratic New Hampshire primary?" Google can help, but the definitive answer...
Treasure Hunt
All of you who've weeded a collection know the challenges I face. Former American Libraries Editor Leonard Kniffel left me a legacy: file drawers stuffed with materials from his 15 years at the helm of this magazine. As someone new to the American...
We Need Copyright 2.0: It's Time to Put the "Fair" Back in "Fair Use"
I applaud the hard work of everyone who has tackled the thorny issues confronting libraries in the increasingly hostile ebook environment in which we find ourselves. However, I believe we are missing an essential component in any solution: copyright...
What's in a Name? You Are What Google and Facebook Say You Are
If you haven't googled the word "Santorum," now would be a good time, otherwise most of what follows won't make a lot of sense. Fair warning: What you find will be explicit, but it will also be instructive. Now that we're all on the same page, let's...