American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, April

ALSC Supports Children's Librarians
Through its award programs, advocacy initiatives, and partnerships, the Association for Library Service to Children supports children's librarians in their efforts to provide exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work...
Berkeley Director Griffin Denies Link between Layoffs and RFID Costs
A projected budget shortfall of some $850,000 over the next two years at Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library has prompted Director Jackie Griffin to propose closing the gap with a mid-year layoff of seven people. If approved by the city council in June,...
Cited
Carol Ginsburg has been inducted into the Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame for her accomplishments, including turning the Deutsche Bank library into an integrated community of information centers around the world. * Maria Anna Jankowska,...
Creating Community Online: Technology Is Shaping the Next Wave of Professional Development for Librarians
For three weeks last September, 80 librarians gathered every Tuesday at 3 p.m. for an online learning experience. "Information Literacy and Collaboration with Faculty: How Blended Librarians Make It Work" was a webcasted workshop series jointly sponsored...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Jose Aponte resigned as executive director of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become director of the San Diego County Library, effective March 28. * The Americans for Libraries Council named Gloria Coles National Lifelong...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM More than 8,000 items have been logged as missing, some as the result of theft, since the British Library moved to its new premises in 1997. The biggest theft was carried out by a contractor who stole [pounds sterling]17,000 ($32,500)...
Grassroots Report: Nurturing Library-Student Writers
We tend to associate storytelling with the children's department. Yet, according to Laurie Putnam, the ability to tell stories is important for all librarians. "Today when there are so many library issues that affect the community, and so many community...
Internet Librarian: What I Learned This Week
One of the great bonuses of being on a university campus is the range of presentations I regularly have access to. It's a privilege, and one I don't often get the chance to take advantage of; last week I went to two, and I'm glad I did. Monday:...
On My Mind: Eeewww! My Patron Tried to Pick Me Up
I'm thrilled and grateful to have landed my gig as an academic librarian. I love the variety in my days, my amazing colleagues, and the intellectually stimulating work environment, and I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction out of helping the patrons....
President's Message: Libraries Serve as Unique Destinations
As ALA president, I am often called upon to give press interviews. Reporters will contact the Association's Public Information Office seeking a national expert to talk about trends in libraries across the country. Recent stories about libraries threatened...
Public Library Buildings: The Future; A Harvard Seminar Explores Inner Spaces
What will public libraries look like in 20 years? A seminar titled "Planning Public Library Buildings" brought together librarians and architects from all over the United States January 11-13 to explore this issue with leaders in the field at the Harvard...
Salinas Closures Temporarily Halted
The Salinas (Calif.) city council voted 6-0 March 1 to keep its three libraries open 36 hours per week through mid-June and 8-10 hours per week from July to December, if Mayor Anna Caballero's goal to raise $500,000 is reached before June 30 (AL, Mar.,...
Seven Hours in Tehran
Why would you want to go to Iran? Isn't it dangerous? That's what some people asked me when I told them about my "great opportunity." Think of it as a goodwill mission, I said. Iran is opening a new National Library, and they have invited me to...
So Goes the Community: Among the Year's Most Inspiring New Building Projects, School Libraries in Some of New York City's Poorest Neighborhoods Stand out as Vibrant Centers of Teaching and Learning
Whether restructured, revamped, or rebuilt, libraries are drawing new attention as community centers, anchors, and mainstays. Nowhere is this more visible than in New York City, where architects have breathed new life into more than 30 school libraries,...
Stories Are Libraries' Mission, Salvation: Public Library Association Spring Symposium, March 7-9
Hailing libraries as "a testament to who we are as a people," opening session speaker Alex Kotlowitz set the tone for the 2005 Public Library Association Spring Symposium, held March 7-9 at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton. The author of There Are No...
Straight Answers from Taylor Willingham
Libraries improve the quality of civic discourse by placing diverse viewpoints at patrons' fingertips. Taking that concept to a new level, National Issues Forum practitioner Taylor Willingham wants libraries to become the staging area in which that...
Success the Second Time Around: A Library Rises in a Small Colorado Town Thanks to the Staying Power of Tenacious Volunteers
The groundbreaking for the new Louisville (Colo.) Public Library is taking place April 2. When it is finished in late 2006, it will be a two-story, 31,000-square-foot facility--more than double the size of the current library and the biggest building...
Technically Speaking: The Customer Comes First
I lived in California when online and ATM banking were really getting popular. Wells Fargo was one of the first to offer online bill paying, back in the mid-'90s. They even had a special suite of banking services that encouraged online and ATM banking,...
Telling Their Own Stories: A National Reading Program Offers Immigrant Teens and Adults an Opportunity to Share Life Experiences
Baifei Zeng saw why her Texas-born son liked rap songs by Eminem, although she preferred traditional Chinese melodies. Laura Carvajal, a 16-year-old Colombian immigrant to New York's Long Island community, learned about the love songs her aunt used...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"After the president gave the medal, he took hold of my wheelchair and he rolled me around the Oval Office. And I said, 'You know, any president that can say to the world 'my wife is a librarian' has got to be the happiest president in the world."...
Will's World: Don't Read This in a Meeting
What are all of you doing about text-messaging devices? I haven't decided. Here's the problem. You call a staff meeting and do all of the right things. You circulate a blank agenda to all prospective attendees asking them to fill it in with pertinent...
Working Knowledge: The Death of an Employee
Q I direct a small public library, and one of my staff members has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, with a prognosis of only three to six months. Our entire staff is devastated. What can I do to help everyone prepare for what we all feel...