American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, March

ALA Acronyms
AA Affiliate Assembly (AASL) AACR Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules AALL American Association of Law Libraries AAM Asian&African Materials (ALCTS) AAMES Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section (ACRL) AAP Association...
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ALA Council: Endowment Loses Nearly $8 Million, but Overall Association Finances Stable as Treasurer Offers Plans for New Revenue Sources
Volatility was the watchword in 2007," Senior ALA Endowment Trustee Dan Bradbury told ALA's governing Council during one of its three sessions held January 25, 27, and 28 during the Midwinter Meeting in Denver. "Needless to say, the year did not disappoint,...
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ALA Executive Board: Library Education Task Force Recommendations Raise Ire of COA, ALISE
It took all three sessions of ALA's Executive Board to approve a measure that supports the final report of the Presidential Task Force on Library Education and refers 10 of the task force's 11 original recommendations to the Committee on Accreditation...
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Ala President's Program
Sunday, July 12, 2009 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm During the past eight years, but especially since the 9-11 attacks, we have seen the federal government's penchant for secrecy grow ominously. Librarians in Connecticut received a National Security Letter and...
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ALA to Share $6.9-Million Gates Foundation Grant
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a $6.9-million pilot Opportunity Online broadband initiative designed to help public libraries in seven states secure faster internet connections. The combined grant was awarded to Connected Nation,...
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ALA Tour Program: Chicago, IL / July 10, July 14-2009
Welcome to a vibrant city that is known for its unforgettable history, incredible skyline, unparalleled architecture and a beautiful lakefront, CHICAGO! This lively and dynamic city, filled with world-class museums, superb shopping, championship sports,...
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Amalgamating for Advocacy: Two Venerable Groups Combine Their Expertise to Advance the Cause of Libraries
Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations unite in support of libraries! Tough financial times, combined with the exponential increase in demand for library services that they bring, spell perfect timing for the formation of a new division of the...
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Appeal Maintains Voiding of Gag Order
A federal appeals court ruled unanimously December 15, 2008, that it is unconstitutional to gag recipients of a National Security Letter from discussing its receipt unless disclosure might interfere with "an authorized investigation to protect against...
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A Show of Cautious Cheer: Library Technology Vendors Unveil Products, Pragmatism
"There are five things that are doing well in this economy," Equinox Community Librarian Karen G. Schneider told American Libraries at one point during the 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Schneider's list comprised Amazon.com...
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Economic Outlook Prompts Tough Talk in Denver: For Nobel Prize Winner and Committee Chairs Alike, Midwinter Meeting Conversations Were about Money and Where It's Going to Come From
ALA President Jim Rettig couldn't have picked a better speaker for the President's Program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 23--28 in Denver, than Muhammad Yunus. With American capitalism failing at numerous levels, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize...
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First-Time Attendee Information
Conference 101: Orient Yourself ALA Divisions and Round Tables will be sponsoring Conference 101 programs throughout the weekend. These 101 programs will help you plan how to 'do' conference based on the kind of work you do, or the type of library...
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General Information
Conference Location Due to the size of the ALA Annual Conference, the event takes place in a convention center and several hotels. For the 2009 Annual Conference, the exhibits, keynote speakers, and meetings and programs will be held at the new...
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Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM (1) A British antiques dealer was charged January 28 with stealing a [pounds sterling]3-million ($4.4 million U.S.) first edition of Shakespeare's works from Durham University. Raymond Scott said he would plead "very much not guilty."...
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Group Seeks to Run Providence Branches
In response to Providence (R.I.) Public Library's recent proposal to close five of its branches, a newly formed nonprofit organization is seeking to take over all nine of the system's branches. The board of trustees of PPL--a private nonprofit organization...
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Hotel Information
Hotel Single/ Triple/ Double Quad 1 Hilton (Headquarter) - H, BC, IN (WI/FI, $173/$193 $213/S233 HS), SA, F, IP, RS 2 Sheraton (Co-Headquarter)...
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How the World Sees Us
"Americans are saving money by borrowing books, CDs, and DVDs instead of buying them. Borrowing is up 35% over last year in Chicago and 16% in New York while bookstores have seen sales dry up. Barnes and Noble lost $18 million in the third quarter."...
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Inside outside & Online: The Question for Today's Information Professionals Is Not Where Is the Library? but What Is a Library?
Nearing the end of our first decade of the 21st century, public discourse around social activity, networking, community building, and public service has grown, again calling into question the roles of libraries and librarians in society and in relation...
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In Tough Economic Times: Making the Case for Libraries
It's time to beat our plowshares into swords. It's no secret. The tough economy is already having an impact on library budgets. For those of us who have been through multiple recessions, the stories of budget cuts and branch closings are all...
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Judge Overrules Philly Branch Closings
A Philadelphia judge has ordered Mayor Michael Nutter to halt his planned closing of 11 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia (AL, Jan./Feb., p. 19). Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox issued the ruling December 30 in response to an emergency...
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Kenton L. Oliver: Candidate for ALA President
Carpe Diem! I embrace the nomination for ALA president and am ready to face the challenge of leading our profession. We must not only seize the day but seize the opportunity. Libraries are essential and now is our time to prove their value in the nation's...
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Kids Books Get Year's Reprieve from Lead Testing
Librarians are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to a one-year stay of enforcement on having to test for lead in books geared to youngsters under the age of 12. The extension until February 10, 2010, puts an end to the nightmare scenario envisioned...
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LIS Educators Reflect on Past and Present Trends
The day after President Barack Obama's inauguration, library educators and librarians convening in Denver evoked the new president's name as an emblem of hope and commitment amid a national culture of challenge and change. At the 2009 Association for...
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Make Way for the Net Generation: Adapting to the Norms of the Young'uns Can Benefit Libraries
Mom! How could you be friends with her? I haven't seen her since elementary school!" Thus shrieked Rachel--the "Mom" stretchingto several syllables as only a high school student can do--as she discovered to her dismay and growing horror that her...
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Making Connections: School Librarians Play Key Role in Student Learning
The experiences I had one day in early January confirmed two things I thought I already knew. The first was how much richer my K--12 education could have been; the second, how much in common we have regardless of the type of library we work in. ...
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Planning for Spontaneity
It takes a lot of planning to be spontaneous. Anyone who's ever produced a successful program, service, or publication knows how much work goes into making a thing appear to arise from no -where, fresh and unplanned, at just the right moment. [ILLUSTRATION...
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Presidential Candidates Square off in Denver: Kent Oliver and Roberta Stevens Take Questions from ALA Members Concerned about the Economy, E-Participation, and Advocacy
Nominees for 2010-2011 ALA president Kenton L. "Kent" Oliver and Roberta Stevens shared their views with some 100 observers at a forum January 25 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Made by the Nominating Committee, their nominations were approved...
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Pres. Obama Issues Open-Records Rules
The day after becoming the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama issued two directives that encourage government agencies to release federal and presidential information to the public. "In the face of doubt, openness prevails," Obama...
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Program Tracks & Descriptions
The list of tracked programs includes the primary sponsoring unit, the program title, the date and time, and the page number where the program description can be found. Page numbers include the letters a, b, and c, which indicate the column on the...
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Reviewing Our Options: Book Critiques for the People, by the People
In my three decades as a working librarian I dabbled, with varying degrees of success, at a fairly wide diversity of tasks--telling stories, selecting books, working a film projector, threading microfilm, working a mimeograph machine, lobbying for...
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Roberta Stevens: Candidate for ALA President
Investing in Our Libraries, Investing in Our Future This is an extraordinary time for our country. While we face a formidable economic situation, we have a new president and Congress that recognize the critical role libraries play in our communities...
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S.C. Schools May Lose Shared Databases
Following a 90% reduction of its funding from the state, an innovative consortium of academic libraries in South Carolina has made drastic cuts in the resources and services it provides, with the prospect of the loss of all of its database subscriptions...
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Solutions and Services
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Tech Budgets Totter: Funding for Internet Services Meets the Economic Crisis
The American economy is going through one of its most challenging periods in decades. A mortgage crisis, major collapses in the banking industry, and rising unemployment are causing major difficulties for public and private institutions alike. Libraries,...
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The Association's Associations: ALCTS
OPPORTUNITIES IN TOUGH TIMES The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services offers many opportunities to participate without having to attend ALA's Midwinter Meetings or Annual Conferences. Offering service from committee member...
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The Copyright Mummies: Fetishizing the Artist Has Led to a Lockdown in Creativity
When Pizarro swept into Peru in the early 1500s, he encountered an empire whose size and wealth was unrivalled. High in the Andes Mountains, the Inca had built a vast civilization under the divine rule of a. series of immortal emperors. Needless to...
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Travel Information
General Information Experient is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. Remember you must be registered for the Annual Conference...
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We're Back! the Director Explains How, after a Near-Death Experience, Salinas Public Library Is Open, Thriving, and Setting Trends
The 2005 financial crisis in Salinas, California, gained national attention when the childhood home of author John Steinbeck, one of America's Nobel Prize winners, closed all its public libraries. Now Salinas Public Library is open seven days a week....
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What Denver Delivered: Midwinter's Book Bounty Proves That Print Still Rules
For those who feel a sense of kinship with Logan Pearsall Smith's famous quip, "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading," the Exhibits at ALA's 2009 Midwinter Meeting could only confirm their enduring enthusiasm for print. In the days...
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