American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 7, August

Ann Arbor PL Sues Accountants
The Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library filed a lawsuit June 28 against Plante and Moran, the accounting firm that it claims was responsible for a $1-million deficit confirmed this year (AL, May, p. 25). The firm's former employee, Don Dely, who...
Archival Treasures: Blessing-Or Burden in Disguise?
IF YOU CANNOT DO RARE BOOKS RIGHT, PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO DO THEM AT ALL Heretic. Infidel. Heterodox. Such terms may spring to mind after reading this piece, but I hope further reflection will yield more measured responses--"original" or "maverick"...
A Reading Life in Review
AN EDITOR'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE WRITTEN WORD BEGAN IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM OF HER HOMETOWN LIBRARY I remember the children's room in the lower level of the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, New York, as a cool, dark place, an oasis on hot,...
Berry to Focus on Equity of Access, Recruitment, and Grassroots Participation
ALA's newly elected president, John W. Berry, wants to spotlight three major focus areas during his presidential term, which begins July 2001 (AL, June/July, p. 8): equity of access, recruitment to the profession, and increasing member participation....
Chapter Report: Distinto, Diferente
If your collection doesn't include the Afro-Cuban All Stars' CD Distinto, Diferente, time to update. All Stars' bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, one of the forces behind the explosion of U.S. interest in Cuban music, explains that the mix of old...
Cited
* Grace Agnew, assistant director for systems and technical services at the Georgia Institute of Technology/Library and Information Center in Atlanta, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Frances Kaiser Award, which recognizes outstanding...
Competing Filtering Measures Attached to Senate Bill
The U.S. Senate has passed two competing proposals designed to prevent children from accessing obscene material online in schools and libraries, leaving it to a conference committee to work out the differences. Both measures were attached to the...
Dogs: The Real Poop
First, let me come clean. I divide the world into two camps--people who can tolerate dogs and people who can't. I belong in the second category. Ever since the tragic afternoon in 1956 when my portly dachshund Hansie (he was so fat his testicles would...
E-Books Move the Earth at Book Expo
"Everyone in this room has felt the earth move under our feet," said Michael Powell, addressing fellow booksellers at Book Expo America, held June 2-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Powell, owner of Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, one of the country's...
Global Reach
ENGLAND The British Library has launched an initiative called Adopt a Book to raise money for the preservation of the small portion of its 18 million volumes that are in danger of disintegration. The library got the idea from schoolchildren in Surrey...
In Charleston, Home Libraries Are as Individualistic as Their Owners
JOIN US ON AN INSIDER'S TOUR OF FIVE LOCAL LIBRARIES THAT ARE STEEPED IN TRADITION Situated at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, Charleston, South Carolina, was the natural place for a settlement when colonists first arrived in this...
Internet Librarian
The Untethered Librarian If you have ever prayed for a blizzard so you could stay home and finish a major library project, you will be happy to hear that telecommuting is one of the quiet revolutions in our profession, allowing librarians to work...
Isn't This Special?
This guest issue moves to the beat of a different drummer. Instead of rounding up the usual topics on special collections--preservation, digitization, collecting, etc.--we focus on some new twists to this important area of librarianship. Of the four...
Is Your Catalog Big Enough to Handle the Web?
THE CASE AGAINST OPAC INTEGRATION OF ONLINE RESOURCES One of the biggest issues currently confronting academic librarians is how to provide convenient and effective access to online resources. Many feel that the logical place for this is through...
Kells Wants Visit from Namesake Book
The town of Kells, in County Meath, Ireland, is exerting increasing pressure to be allowed to exhibit the renowned Book of Kells at its supposed place of origin. The Kells Urban District Council has undertaken a [pound]1-million ($1.2-million U.S.)...
Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy
Message from ALA President Nancy Kranich Libraries are...essential to the functioning of a democratic society.... libraries are the great symbols of the freedom of the mind. --Franklin D. Roosevelt Democracies need libraries. An informed public...
N. Dak. State University Fights to Salvage Flooded Materials
Following catastrophic flooding in the early hours of June 20, North Dakota State University library is attempting to save some 100,000 bound journal volumes, some of which sat in contaminated waters for three days. Director Pamela Drayson said...
Obituaries
Jennifer D. Belford, 28, a staffer at the Addison (Ill.) Public Library for the past five years, died June 7 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Elgin, Illinois. * Herbert T. F. Cahoon, 82, curator at the Morgan Library in New York...
Peggy Barber. Ernest Martin Will Retire on September 1
Peggy Barber and Ernest Martin, both associate executive directors of ALA, have announced they will retire as of September 1, 2000. Barber is associate executive director of communications, a position she has held since 1984. As head of the communications...
People
Currents Migell Acosta has been promoted to principal librarian of the Information Management Division of the Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library. * Diane Austin has joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at the...
"Priceless" Takes on New Meaning, and Definition of "Sharing" Expands
THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY HELPS DEFINE A TREND TOWARD JOINT ACQUISITION OF SPECIAL WORKS The media coverage of Christie's auction of Marilyn Monroe's estate in October 1999 reflected bemused public shock at the hammer prices, especially for her books...
Purdue Units Clash over Plan to Cut Library Space
A planned renovation of Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management building in West Lafayette, Indiana, has prompted a debate about the feasibility of cutting in half the space used by the school's management and economics library....
Reader Forum
A Poor Showing Laudably, Kathleen de la Pena McCook used her guest editorship to raise consciousness about an issue paid much lip service but scarcely ever seriously confronted--libraries' responsibilities to poor people. Her tribute to Sanford...
Shelf-Reading on the Titanic
File it under "suspicions confirmed": A recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only a third of parents who have Internet access at home use blocking software to prevent their children from viewing...
Should Libraries Jump on the E-Book Bandwagon?
WHY NOT? IF THAT'S WHAT OUR PATRONS WANT, CHRISTINE LIND HAGE BELIEVES; NOT QUITE YET, CAUTIONS STEPHEN SOTTONG Publishers are saying that e-books are the hot ticket (see P. 30), but this new technology has raised many questions, especially for...
Special Librarians Prepare for Change in Philadelphia
Philadelphia played host June 10-15 to some 7,400 corporate, sci-tech, law, museum, and other special librarians at the 91st annual conference of the Special Libraries Association. The conference theme, "Independence to Interdependence: The Next Phase...
Technically Speaking
ASP It Happens The idea of a library managing its collections by leasing access to an Internet service instead of purchasing and operating its own library-management system has just received a giant boost from two developments in the ILS marketplace....
The Association's Associations: LAMA Is on the Move
The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) is leadership. And advocacy, management, education, research, partnering, publishing, diversity, and recognition of achievement. LAMA identifies, encourages, and nurtures tomorrow's leaders....
This Month, 116 Years Ago
... BIBLIOPHILES AND GRAPHIC ARTS enthusiasts established their own organization in New York City. The Grolier Club's objective was to foster "the literary study and promotion of the arts entering into the production of books." Still in existence today,...
Two Libraries Welcome Minn. Veto Override
The Watonwan County Library in St. James, Minnesota, has resumed planning for a $2-million renovation and expansion after the state legislature on May 17 overrode Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto of an appropriation bill that provides for as much as $1 million...
Values Dominate ALA's Chicago Conference
LIBRARIANS GATHER IN THE WINDY CITY TO DEBATE THE TENETS OF THE PROFESSION Appropriate to the meeting's heartland setting, values dominated the agenda at ALA's 119th Annual Conference, held July 6-12 in Chicago, most notably in the form of the long-awaited,...
West Virginia to West Africa and Back: An Intercontinental Collaboration
TWO UNIVERSITIES BEGIN A PROGRAM OF SHARING INFORMATION, EXPERTISE, AND UNDERSTANDING The Drain-Jordan Library at West Virginia State College in Institute and the National University of Benin in West Africa have begun a three-year program of collaboration...
WSU Trims Budget without Closing Branches
Three branch libraries at Washington State University/Pullman got a reprieve in June when university officials determined that the library could meet its mandated 3% budget reduction in other ways. The original proposal, worked out in May by former...