American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 9, October

As Public Library Circ Declines, Spending Continues to Top Inflation
Public library circulation last year showed a modest decline from 1992, while expenditures outpaced inflation by 5%. The 1993 Index of American Public Library Circulation was 144, a 3% decrease from the 1992 circulation index of 148. But the Index...
Building Local History Collections through Guided Autobiography
Ten people sit around a large table listening intently to a beautifully coiffed and glamorous grandmother. She is recalling the total darkness, the continuous bombardments, the terror, the starvation, and the filth she endured in a bomb shelter beneath...
Confessions of an M.L.S. Librarian
I hate to admit it, but like most of my colleagues I've been guilty of unknowingly dragging the library profession into extinction. That's why it was no surprise to me when Mary Jo Lynch and Keith Curry Lance reported in the July/August 1993 Public...
Does Intellectual Freedom Give Libraries the Right to Lie?
The most controversial book ever to hit Libraryland has to be Daddy's Roommate. Although it's only 160 words long, this simple little picture book has spurred volumes of vicious criticism. What exactly is it about the book that is so infuriating? Is...
Ensuring ALA's Financial Future
During the past 10 years the ALA Committee on Program Evaluation and Support, Executive Board, Headquarters staff, and your treasurers have worked hard to ensure that ALA is fiscally sound and debt free. ALA is an association with many resources. Members...
It's Not over Yet: IFLA's Momentous Havana Conference
What would you get if you threw Moscow and Barcelona into a cocktail shaker and poured them out in the Caribbean? Probably something like Havana. But Havana offered the 1,479 people who registered for the 60th general conference of the International...
Stumped Librarians Find Help on the Internet
Not long ago, Hilde Lu had a patron at the Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library who wanted to find the name of an Estonian composer whose work climbed the classical music bestseller lists a few years ago. "I think our patron [had a particular name in...
The Scheme: A Visionary Consultant Offers a Management System So New It Doesn't Yet Have an Acronym
I would like to announce the arrival of a new management system. Actually, this system is not new at all. In under-developed forms it has been in place in some libraries for years, perhaps eons. Heretofore, however, it has never been fully recognized,...