American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 8, September

ACLU Files First Patriot Act Challenge
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the first legal challenge to the USA Patriot Act July 30, charging that section 215 of the law violates citizens' and residents' rights to privacy, due process, and free speech by Allowing the FBI to search...
ALA Hammers out CIPA-Decision Strategy
ALA is developing a plan for libraries in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, Aug., p. 12-13). In a July 25 statement President Carla D. Hayden said the Association has set several priorities:...
Bills Would Limit FBI's Access to Library Records
Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) introduced legislation July 31 designed to limit the government's ability to secretly view library and bookstore records under the USA Patriot Act. The Library, Bookseller, and Personal Records Privacy Act (S. 1507)...
Book a Play Date: The Game of Promoting Emergent Literacy; It's about Time That Librarians Made Parents Get Serious about Child's Play
In the field of emergent literacy, perhaps the hottest topic among specialists in early childhood development is the importance of play for infant brain development. Adults can engage even newborns in activities that gradually foster reading readiness,...
Datebook
CHAPTER CONFERENCES Oct. 15-17: Iowa Library Association Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza and U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. Contact: 515 273-5322; ialib@ mcleodusa.net; www.iowalibrary association.org. Oct. 15-17: South Dakota Library Association/Midcontinental...
Fargo PL Confronts LSSI over Late Payments
The Fargo (N.Dak.) Public Library board took a close look this summer at performance issues with the Maryland-based private firm Library Systems and Services Inc., which has managed the library's operations since 2001. Board members first noticed an...
Gassroots Report: War, Peace, and Relevance
During the invasion of Iraq, many Americans were glued to their television sets. But some of them took a night or two off to attend programs at their libraries that explored the rationale for the conflict. Hundreds attended meetings sponsored by groups...
Haverhill Trustees Go to Court over Budget
Trustees of the Haverhill (Mass.) Public Library filed a request for an injunction in Superior Court July 22, one week after Mayor John J. Guerin Jr. informed Library Director Nancy B. Rae he was submitting to the city council a 2004 budget of $279,000,...
Indianapolis Councilor Says Board Should Quit
Nearly four months after the board of the Indianapolis--Marion County Public Library fired Chief Executive Officer Ed Szynaka (AL, Aug., p. 28-29), a city-county councilor has called for the resignations of six of the seven board members. The lone...
Information-Literacy Collaboration: A Shared Responsibility: Academic Librarians Must Work with Their K-12 Colleagues in Enabling Students to Succeed in College
In 1989, ALA's Presidential Commission on Information Literacy concluded, "Out of the superabundance of available information, people need to be able to obtain specific information to meet a wide range of personal and business needs. These needs are...
Internet Librarian: Seething over CIPA
Crap. There was so much I could have written about on June 23. The warmth of the day in Toronto, mirrored by the warmth of our Canadian colleague-hosts at the ALA/CLA Annual Conference there. The interesting tidbits I picked up at the OCLC luncheon....
Joining the Honor Roll: ALA Award Winners, 2003
The American Library Association annually honors the best and brightest in the profession through its divisions, offices, and round tables with more than 250 awards, scholarships, and grants. Fueled by a variety of donors and sponsors, recognition...
LITA Puts Technology into Practice
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the only ALA division that focuses exclusively on technology for every type of library. Our focus is providing a variety of opportunities to learn, to teach, and to share informalion on leading-edge...
NYPL Launches Emergency Campaign
The New York Public Library will kick off a three-year emergency campaign to raise $18 million beginning September 24. The library is trying to make up for recent cuts in city funds, which have left it with $16.4 million less than last year (AL, Aug.,...
On My Mind: Reaching the Seventh Page
Excitement filled the air as the three words were uttered-calculated to get the attention of those in the room. "The seventh page," she stated emphatically. Then with a sense of awe in her voice she continued, "We may even reach the eighth!" It...
Personal E-Mail at Work: On Carpools and Cyberstings
True confession: The e-mail message confirming that I was to write an article about the problem of people using personal e-mail at work came to me at work. So by accepting this writing assignment, I became one of the problem-people I was writing about....
President's Message: Still Stacking Rocks
The extremely disappointing Supreme Court decision on the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, Aug., p. 12-13) strikes at the heart of our world and at one of our core values--equity of access. Many people, who are without a computer and Internet...
Public Libraries and Early Literacy: Raising a Reader: ALA's Preschool Literacy Initiative Educates Librarians on How to Play a Role in Teaching Reading to Children
It's Saturday morning at Multnomah County Library's Belmont branch in Portland, Oregon, where a librarian leads a lively crowd of 30 babies and their parents through an interactive routine of stories and songs. A 7-month-old stares at the librarian's...
Quick Bibs: Media Wars
It was bad enough when the sniping between political commentators on the left and right was confined mainly to Sunday morning talk shows and the higher numbers on your cable dial. But as the right-wing harpies and left-wing loudmouths began to develop...
REAPing the Rewards of Family Literacy: DeKalb County PL's Program for Immigrant Families Goes beyond Teaching English-Language Skills
At Project REAP (Reading Empowers All People), even the traditional nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is not what you'd expect. Rather than circling to the traditional American singsong pace, parents and children from southern Sudan, Somalia, Vietnam,...
Romania's Library Lingers in Limbo: Unfinished Bibliographic Business in the Heart of Bucharest
The frame of Romania's half-finished National Library building stands in downtown Bucharest at the center of a power struggle for this much-coveted real estate. A red plaque bearing the year 1989 rests atop the grandiose building, flanked by giant...
San Jose's New Joint-Use Library Sets a Record
After six-and-a-half years of planning, the first U.S. library to be funded, managed, and operated by both a city and a major university opened August 1 in San Jose, California. The new 475,000-square-foot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library serves...
Summer Reading Events Feature Animals, Attractions, and Art
Summer reading events and programs drew hundreds of children, teens, and adults to libraries nationwide. 1. Nineteen-month-old Oshea Babb enjoys a picture book during one of the ongoing "Born to Read" programs at Yonkers (N.Y.) Public Library. ...
Talking Books with Teens: Members of Arlington County PL's Teen Advisory Board Share Ideas on Books and Reading
What encourages teens to trade Spider-Man comics for Machiavelli's Prince? What inspires them to read voraciously, revisiting classics like Gone with the Wind or churning through more than 50 of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults? What leads them to...
Technically Speaking: LMS Sales Trends
It's been three months since this column last announced new library management system sales, so the ones listed under this month's Contracts and Agreements represent a quarter-year summary. If you view the announcements together like this, you can...
Tennessee Library Supporters Fight to Keep Books
A group of Dickson County (Tenn.) Public Library supporters filed a lawsuit August 19 against county commissioners in a last-minute attempt to stop the state library from seizing 19,600 books--one-fourth of its collection--because the county violated...
Texas County Loses Bid to Control Library Policy
The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of county-commission challenges to the operation of the Montgomery County (Tex.) Memorial Library System took place July 28, when the County Commissioners' Court voted 3-2 against adopting new acquisitions and...
The Crawford Files: A DVD Is Not a Frisbee
Do DVDs last? That all depends. As I wrote in "Up to Speed on DVD" (AL, Sept. 1999, p. 71-74), "It could--and should--be your library's next medium." For most public and many academic libraries, that's happened. In that article, I said DVDs don't wear...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"We have to block them from channels that are meant to spread Islam. Their books must be banned and lifted off the shelves of mosques, schools, universities, and libraries." Islamic charity association head SHEIK HUSAM QARAQIRAH in a discussion paper...
University of Georgia Library Open Again after Arson Fire
The main library of the University of Georgia at Athens reopened August 18 in time for fall-semester classes after repair crews worked several weeks to clean up damage caused by a July 23 fire, apparently set deliberately in the building's second-floor...
Why We Lost the CIPA Case
There's plenty of blame to go around. Some have blamed the lawyers who argued the ALA case against the Children's Internet Protection Act in the Supreme Court. We would have won, they say, if counsel had better established the First Amendment threat...
Will's World: Instructions Not Included
The recent Supreme Court decision on the Children's Internet Protection Act (AL, Aug., p. 12-13), which validates the federal government's right to mandate the filtering of library computers used by children as a requirement for receipt of federal...
Working Knowledge: All around the Career Ladder
Q I have served as an administrator in a public library for the past 15 years, after working my way up from an entry-level reference librarian position. Over the years, the stress from working long hours, dealing with personnel issues, and wading...