American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 7, August

Advocating Together: Gaining Success through Concerted Efforts
On June 26, 2007, dozens of librarians took a break from their usual ALA Annual Conference activities to rally outdoors on Capitol Hill to support the SKILLs (Strengtheining Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries) Act. SKILLs will help ensure that...
ALA Council: Governing Body Adopts Preliminary FY 2009 Budget Ceiling, Approves Revisions of Library Bill of Rights Interpretation
ALA's governing body handily tackled the Association's business without much fanfare and with a two-hour early dismissal in the last of three sessions held June 29 and July 1-2 during Annual Conference in Anaheim. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Council...
ALA Executive Board; 2009 Financial Forecast Cautious; Membership Breaks Record
The forecast for next year's budget cycle is cautious, according to Treasurer Rod Hersberger in meetings of the ALA Executive Board held June 27, June, 30, and July 2 during Annual Conference in Anaheim. The board passed along to ALA's governing...
AL Interview: Alire to Focus on Advocacy
Camila Alire, University of New Mexico and Colorado State University dean emerita, was elected ALA vice president/ president elect this spring (AL, June/July, p. 14). She will take over as the Association's head at the conclusion of the 2009 ALA Annual...
Authority and Wikipedia
We use Wikipedia every day here in the editorial offices of American Libraries. Should we be wary, cautious, and double-check information that seems in any way dubious? Of course, but Wikipedia has become an important tool for fact-checking. Like any...
Being Better: As People Find More Ways to Be, Libraries Must Follow
Now where was I? Ah, yes: Rhapsodizing over my various libraries. I know you were all hanging breathlessly for what I couldn't squeeze into last month's column (like the dollar, 600 words doesn't go as far as it used to). When last we met, I'd raised...
Clearing Up Misconceptions about This Increasingly Popular Activity
Over the past few years gaming has grown in popularity to the point where many call it the next new media. Many libraries have acknowledged this phenomenon by supporting gaming activities. However, the response to games in libraries has not been universally...
Details from Disneyland; Tinker Bell Found Her Voice This Year, and So Did 22,000 Librarians and Library Advocates as They Moved the Profession toward Tomorrowland
Sunny California skies and the dazzle of Disneyland greeted some 22,000 librarians and library lovers in Anaheim for the American Library Association's 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition. Just as this is the year in which beloved Disney fairy Tinker...
Dialog Purchase Signals Expansion, Says ProQuest
Ann Arbor, Michigan--based electronic publishing company ProQuest signed an agreement June 12 to purchase the Dialog database service from media company Thomson Reuters. The transaction was expected to close by mid-July, pending completion of a formal...
Dissecting the Web through Wikipedia; the Popular Website Offers an Avenue to Teach Information Literacy Skills
The unreliability of the online open-content encylopedia Wikipedia has led a number of schools to discourage its use despite-or perhaps because of-its popularity with students. At Middlebury (Vt.) College, the history department notified students in...
Filtering Fracas in San Jose
In spite of the San Jose (Calif.) Public Library's detailed report in April on the ineffectiveness of software filtering, City Councilor Pete Constant insisted at a May 14 council meeting that the library take some measures to restrict pornography...
Financially Strapped Mesa School Board Okays Teacher-Librarian Phase-Out
It's not over. We're going to continue to do what we can both in Mesa and in Arizona," Fund Our Future Arizona (FOFA) spokesperson Ann Ewbank told American Libraries June 27, three days after the Mesa Public School board implemented as part of its...
Global Reach
IRELAND (1) The National Lesbian and Gay Federation donated its Irish Queer Archive June 16 to the National Library in Dublin. The collection contains 250,000 newspaper clippings, photos, articles from gay magazines,Irish lesbian and gay films,...
Gratitude as a Catalyst: One of ALA's Newest Honorary Members Calls on Us to Invest Ourselves in the Young
Me? An Honorary Member of ALA? When I learned I was to be granted this honor, I asked American Libraries if I could write a love letter to the Association. I've met so many enthusiastic, committed librarians, particularly in the last 12 "Dia" years....
How the World Sees Us
"Some people say information is power. Baloney. Information sharing is power!" Computer scientist and "Father of the Internet" VINTON CERF at the Opening Session of the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WebJunc-tion blog,...
How to Do It Yourself: There's Hope for All-Thumbs Hobbyists @ Your Library
Fresh out of library school, I went to work as a reference librarian in a midwestern public library. By the end of my first week, I realized that my schooling may have ended, but my education was just beginning. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After studying...
Interesting Times: Anaheim Reveals the Sunny Future of Library Tech
While talking about the current state of the profession at the Library and Information Technology Association's Top Technology Trends session at this year's ALA Annual Conference, OCLG's Roy Tennant spoke that familiar first line from Charles Dickens'...
Iowa Libraries Bear Brunt of Midwest Floods
The flash flooding in June and early July of river towns in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin claimed the lives of more than a dozen people, decimated neighborhoods and farmland, and caused damage estimated in the billions of dollars....
Lack of Librarians Impacts BookExpo Attendance
A sharp decline in librarian registration had a noticeable impact on overall attendance figures for this year's BookExpo America, held May 29-June 1 in Los Angeles. Steve Rosa-to, BookExpo director of industry development and strategic accounts, said...
Librarian's Library
List mania If you liked Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman (HarperCollins, 1998), you might want to pick up a copy of Joshua Kendall's biography of Peter Mark Roget, The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of...
Libraries Toppled, Staff Trapped in Devastating Chinese Earthquake
The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan Province in western China on the afternoon of May 12 killed more than 40,000 people and left another 5 million homeless. In the week after the quake, the Library Society of China posted information on...
Library Advocates Converge on the Capital
More than 400 librarians and library supporters converged on Washington, D.C., May 13--14 for the American Library Association's 34th annual National Library Legislative Day. They came from as far away as Hawaii and from a variety of libraries to lobby...
Medical Librarians Get Healthy Dose of Social Networking
MLA 2.0," said Medical Library Association President Mark Funk, "will be about communication, community, openness, participation, and connecting." Kicking off MLA's May 16-21 annual meeting and exhibition in Chicago, the head of resource management...
Newsmaker: Ron Reagan
Ron Reagan is the outspoken son of the late President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. A political pundit and analyst, he cohosted Connected: Coast to Coast in 2005 on MSNBC and in 2007 hosted a talk show on KIRO radio in Seattle. This political...
OCLC: Marketing May Hike Library Funding
From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, anew report issued by OCLC, examines the potential of a national marketing campaign to increase awareness of the value of public libraries and the need for support for libraries at local,...
Once and Future Classics: New Releases Complement Old Favorites at ALA Exhibits
My pen is mightier than your sword!" roared a 12-year-old boy as he charged past me into the Stacks, a green, oversized pen in hand. I never caught up with him to learn which vendor provided him with his glorious possession, but I did find many instances...
Sacramento Board Weighs Scathing Report
The Sacramento Public Library governing board held a special meeting May 22 to begin formulating a response to a grand jury report that charges both the board and Director Anne Marie Gold with mismanagement and suggests that Gold be re- placed. Stemming...
SLA in Seattle Looks toward Online Innovation, Training
The future goes to people who invest in themselves," said Special Libraries Association President Stephen Abram, setting the tone for the group's Annual Conference in Seattle, June 14-18. Throughout the event, Abram encouraged attendees to take advantage...
Speaking Technically; from Folksonomies to Federated Searches, Reference Databases Are Constantly Evolving. Meet Seven Industry Leaders Who Are Driving Those Changes
Seven leading publishers shared their insights on the future of reference databases at American Libraries' second annual "Speaking Technically" panel at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Moderated by American Libraries Direct Editor George Eberhart,...
Ten Years and Counting for Teens and Reading
As Teen Read Week (TRW), the annual literacy initiative from ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), turns 10 this year, libraries across the country continue to celebrate teens and reading-- and they're finding new ways to encourage...
The Association's Associations: LLAMA
NEW NAME FOR NEXT HALF CENTURY In 2007, the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Members looked to the future this year and voted to change the association's name to the Library Leadership and...
The Games People Play; Understanding Gaming in Libraries
Playing video games in libraries has become a hot topic during the last couple of years, but gaming in libraries has been around much, much longer. As far back as the 1930s, New York Public Library was "luring" in kids using chess and board games,...
Time to Retire the F Word; the Concept That Libraries Are Free Devalues Our Services
In Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (Random, 2007), authors Chip and Dan Heath discuss the concept of semantic stretch: When associations to a known concept are drawn too often and too broadly, the power of the association is diluted...
Vancouver's Beauty Fails to Lure Canadian Librarians
The beautiful city of Vancouver, busy preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics, didn't prove to be much of a draw for Canadian Library Association members: Attendance at this year's conference, held May 21-24, was 650, down 20% from last year. The upcoming...
Wayne State May Take over Public Library
After enduring years of cutbacks and closure threats, the Macomb County (Mich.) Library may have found a savior in the form of Wayne State University in nearby Detroit, which is considering a deal to take over operations of the struggling library....
Working through Grief; How to Deal with a Coworker's Loss
While returning from a recent professional conference, I met another librarian in the airport. She was distraught because her coworker's loved one had recently died, and the funeral was so far away that no one else from the library could attend. She...