American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, January

AASL Basks in National Spotlight. (the Association's Associations)
Since 1951 the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has served and supported school library media specialists in the United States and Canada by drawing attention to their unique abilities and key professional issues. Last summer the school...
A Jewel of American History: The Library Company of Philadelphia's Zinman Collection Offers Meeting-Goers a Virtual Window into Early America. (Midwinter Meeting)
Near the corner of 13th and Locust Streets in Philadelphia's Center City district Midwinter Meeting--goers will find a focal point for research in American history. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia was the first...
Alaska State Library Staffer Charged with Embezzlement. (News Fronts)
A former financial manager in charge of purchases for the Alaska State Library pleaded innocent in Juneau Superior Court December 2 to more than 20 felony counts of fraud, theft, and forgery. Gary L. Martin, 43, was indicted by a grand jury November...
American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2002-2003 Library Champions. (Library Champions)
Don Leslie, Industry & Government Business Manager 3M LIBRARY SYSTEMS For over 30 years 3M has been helping libraries meet the changing needs of their customers. In addition to providing innovative Material Flow Management Solutions, 3M partners...
Change Is Good, and Other Tricky Theories. (Editorial)
I tend to like the first-do-no-harm rule that you sometimes hear physicians intoning. In magazine publishing, however, refreshing the readers' eyeballs about every five years or so is considered a pretty good idea. This is not change for the sake of...
Changing the Way We Do Business: Pressures to Run Libraries like a Business Are Misguided and Dangerous. (Professionalism)
In the October 2002 American Libraries, Steve McKinzie (p. 42) contends that only professional librarians should handle reference queries, arguing that we alone have the training and skills required for the job. In the same issue, ALA President Maurice...
Chile's Information Transformation: A $9.2-Million Grant Launches a Nationwide Project to Expand Access to Electronic Resources. (International)
Imagine a country with deserts and copper mines in the north, rich agricultural valleys and a robust fishing community in the central region, and gravity-defying mountains and fjords in the south. Picture a country that encompasses some of the most...
City of Brotherly Love Pictorial Preview: Salaries, Career Issues to Top Key Midwinter Meeting Discussions in Philadelphia. (Midwinter Meeting)
ALA members will have an opportunity to break from business sessions to hear an array of guest speakers and participate in career-focused discussions during the Association's Midwinter Meeting, January 24-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC)...
Digital Children's Library Debuts; Media Buzz Ensues. (News Fronts)
The University of Maryland/College Parks College of Information Studies and Human-Computer Interaction Lab, in partnership with the Internet Archive, launched a prototype International Children's Digital Library (icdlbooks.org) November 20. Held at...
Global Reach. (News Fronts)
UNITED KINGDOM Librarians in the cast London borough of Hackney have been on strike for a year, after they heard their extra Saturday payments were being replaced with a flat rate of pay under a new contract. The staffers, who arc among the lowest-paid...
Grassroots Report: Paying Your Dues.And Liking It. (the Association)
Asking ALA members how they'd like their dues spent can be like asking your kids how they'd allocate the family budget. No matter what you think the answer will be, you're likely to be surprised--some kids might vote for purely self-interested items,...
How You Can Help Save Library Education. (on My Mind)
Much concern has been voiced recently about the state of library education: Not enough graduates are being produced. Those who graduate know little about the traditional values and practices of librarianship. Too few faculty in ALA-accredited programs...
Internet Librarian: Authority by Community. (Information Technology)
The other day, my first-year master's class was discussing the evaluation of information resources. I asked them to list the criteria they thought most important, and the usual suspects emerged: currency, accuracy, format, navigation, and, of course,...
Is More Always Better? When Quality Is the Goal, Access to Everything May Not Be the User's Best Bet.
At one time I subscribed to "the more full text, the better" philosophy. It's hard to think otherwise. Creating access to information for education and research discovery is a fundamental mission of a library, and database aggregators and e-journal...
Justice Department Sets Date for Patriot Act Suit Response. (News Fronts Washington)
In response to a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and other groups (AL, Dec. 2002, p. 16), the Justice Department has agreed to say by January 15 which documents it would release about how the government...
Kaiser Study: Filters Impede Health Research. (News Fronts)
The level of Internet filtering software on school and library computers can significantly affect the content of retrievable health and medical information, according to a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study released December 10 in Washington,...
Obituaries
James F. Caccamo, 50, archivist/historian at the Hudson (Ohio) Library and Historical Society since 1979, died November 9. * Robert Chapel, 55, library technical assistant for university archives at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, died...
President's Message: Mobilizing to Save America's Libraries. (ALA)
Every country has hospitals, police, and schools, but only free countries have free libraries. Yet, libraries are an institution the American public takes for granted until the doors of their own local libraries close. Now, as budget cuts are once...
Public Forums for Today's Critical Issues: Pre-Midwinter Training Session to Explore Americans' Role in the World. (Midwinter Meeting)
Libraries are ideal places to convene public forums where members of the community can engage with each other to learn about complex public issues and practice deliberative democracy. Public forums transform libraries into spaces where Americans can...
Pushing for Higher Library Salaries: Now or Never? Librarians Leslie Burger and Beverly Lynch Debate the Issues Surrounding Pay Equity for Librarians and Library Workers. (Pay Equity)
The issue of increasing salaries for librarians and library workers is a major agenda item facing this month's ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. ALA leadership will again tackle finalizing the organizational details for the Allied Professional...
Ralph Nader Rallies Forces to Rescue D.C. Public Library. (News Fronts)
The cash-strapped District of Columbia Public Library, the sorry state of which was documented during 2002 in the Washington Post, may have found its champion in Ralph Nader. The consumer activist and former presidential candidate hosted a $10,000-a-table...
Reader Forum. (Opinion)
First Lady's No Activist I am sure that in selecting the top 10 library stories of 2002 (Dec., p. 35-40) you had to make some decisions about what to include and what to omit. Perhaps you should have stopped at nine. Laura Bush is not now,...
Referenda Roundup, 2002: Statewide Successes, a Mixed Bag Locally. (News Fronts)
Although the nation's economic downturn has had a detrimental effect on library funding, it doesn't appear to have had an overwhelming impact on the library measures before the voters in the November 5 election. The results were the usual mixture of...
Technically Speaking; E-Books: Going, Going, Go. (Information Technology)
This past fall, I walked into a local Staples office supply store and picked up an RCA REB 1100 e-book for $45. This was the device that Gemstar had hoped to sell millions of at $299 apiece. It now sits unused on my shelf next to a Hiebook, which...
The Crawford Files: What I Learned in Owensboro. (Conferences)
Can you name the third largest annual library conference in the United States? You know that the ALA Annual Conference is first and the Midwinter Meeting is second. After that comes the Texas Library Association annual conference--and when I spoke...
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"I think Winona Ryder got a bum rap. Ernest Heyneman, who stole more than $10,000 worth of public library books and tapes, was ordered by the court to return the books, stay away from all local libraries, and turn over his library card. If justice...
Will's World: This Willie Winner's Really a Saint. (Commentary)
One of my favorite library quotes of all time occurred years ago when I interviewed candidates for a head cataloger position. I asked one of the candidates: "Why did you get into cataloging in the first place?" He said bluntly: "In the field of cataloging,...
Working Knowledge. (Professional Development)
Q I am often discouraged when looking at job advertisements because of their strict requirements for on-the-job experience, many specifying three to five years. I believe our future lies in passing the ideals of our profession on to future generations...