American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 9, October

A Fundraising Challenge to Members
On August 3, Executive Board member Alice M. Calabrese and I hosted a wine and cheese fundraiser for the Spectrum Scholarship Initiative in Chicago. We invited approximately 150 librarians and others from across the greater metropolitan area. About...
A Journey through the Land of Unconnectivity
In mid-summer, while relocating from New York to California, I temporarily became an (intentionally) unconnected American. While we could have planned our trip around libraries, copy centers, and similar places where people find Internet access when...
Authors Take Center Stage at First National Book Festival
"Sponsored by the First Lady and the Library of Congress, that's a lot of credibility," remarked Wendy Simon as she and her husband Ed and their toddler Samantha (right) rested on the east lawn of the Capitol September 8 during the first National Book...
Confessions of an Interview Junkie
THE INTERVIEW PROCESS IS LIKE A THEATER OF THE ABSURD 1 I love to interview. I enjoy identifying vacancies, developing cover letters, and speculating on whether my resume meets the expressed job criteria. I'm ecstatic when I get an invitation...
Furor Erupts over Chicago Weeding Program
An odd drama unfolded over the collections at one of Chicago Public Library's two regional facilities at the same time that many city residents were reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as part of the city's "One Book, One Chicago" program (AL,...
Global Support
Condolences pour in to the American Library Association from colleagues around the world CUBA The Cuban librarians feel, as does our entire nation, the suffering of the victims and their families as if it were our own and we want you to know...
How to Create and Implement a Technology Training Program
LIBRARIES STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROM INDUSTRY ABOUT STAYING COMPETITIVE The average company is training record amounts of employees--78.6%--according to a "state of the industry" report released last spring by the American Society for Training...
Laulima: Staff Development, Hawaiian-Style
THE WORLD IS FULL OF POSSIBILITIES, EVEN IF YOU LIVE ON A REMOTE ISLAND Having a full-time staff development coordinator and an ample program budget is the stuff dreams are made of; at most libraries, however, the reality is quite different. Still,...
Mightier Than the Pen
Many, many years ago in college I had a roommate named Ralph who had a high-intensity personality. I haven't kept up with him, but if he hasn't died of a massive stroke or heart attack it's my guess that he's on daily blood-pressure medication. Basically,...
Mold at Santa Fe Main; Staff Relocates
"Bad news: Main Library closed on August 27, 2001" read the Santa Fe (N.Mex.) Public Library Web site in mid-September. Administrators closed the facility after a city-funded report by CERL Environmental Consultants said there were toxic molds in a...
Obituaries
Joseph Barnes, periodicals librarian at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, died August 14. He was 59. * John Clemons, 72, professor emeritus of Library and Information Management at Emory University in Atlanta, died earlier this year. ...
People
Currents Khafre Abif is the new director of the Langston Hughes Library, Children's Defense Fund/Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. He had been manager of children's services at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library. * The new dean of resources...
Provide Printing and Please Patrons
As everyone knows, the Internet has become an increasingly vital part of the library; its use is growing exponentially and most data suggests it will continue to do so. Computer literacy continues to grow, and more emphasis than ever is being placed...
Reader Forum
Defending Dana's Loafers John Cotton Dana's complaint about "loafers" in public library newspaper reading rooms (Sept., p. 90) shows a monumental lack of awareness of current events of his time. The Panic of 1893 bad touched off the United States'...
Savannah May Get Clarence Thomas Wing
Susan Lee, deputy director of the Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library in Savannah, Georgia, predicts a local task force will reach its self-imposed December 31 deadline to raise funds to complete an addition to its historically black Carnegie...
Searching for Lost Treasure in Your Library
A LITTLE RESEARCH CAN UNEARTH THE TRUE VALUE OF YOUR COLLECTION'S HIDDEN TREASURES It seems just about everyone is looking for lost treasure these days. Most of us have seen the television auction shows that tour the country, inviting thousands...
State Support for CIPA Suit Continues
Last month's column featured comments from Rhode Island, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin, showing how state chapters are dealing with the implications of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and ALA's lawsuit challenging the act's constitutionality....
Tennessee Budget Cuts Endanger Library Grants
In response to a statewide budget crisis, Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist plans to slash or eliminate altogether several state grants distributed to local agencies. Among the endangered grants is the $1.5 million that was allocated to public libraries...
Terrorist Attacks Shatter American Sense of Security
It began as an ordinary week for President Bush, talking about education and bathing in the afterglow of First Lady Laura Bush's National Book Festival (see p. 16-17). When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon September 11, the...
The Americanization of IFLA
BOSTON DRAWS RECORD CROWDS AS AMERICANS GREET GUESTS FROM 150 NATIONS I was international week in Boston August 16-25, when a record 5,573 people gathered from 150 countries--from Angola and Bulgaria to Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe--for the 67th annual...
The Association's Associations PLA 2002: Don't Miss It!
More than 100 continuing. education programs will be offered during the Public Library Association's Ninth National Conference, "PLA 2002," to be held March 12-16 in Phoenix. Utilizing PLA's educational track system, conference-goers can build schedules...
The Beginning of a Great Festival Suddenly Seems like an Ending
Leonard Kniffel A sightseeing bus was parked across the street from the Library of Congress. It was Friday, the day before the first National Book Festival (seep. 16-17). A foppish tour guide droned into a microphone. "I'm not sure what that is,"...
The Secrets of Search Software
While browsing the IFLA exhibits in Boston in August, I encountered a very impressive searching front end that could be used with any structured database, such as a database of MARC records. While most catalog search interfaces give the user a choice...
This Month, 31 Years Ago
IN OCTOBER 1970, LIBRARIANS across the country were still contemplating scores of "ideas for action" that Elizabeth Stone had offered in a June 1970 American Libraries article that advocated increased attention to professional continuing education....
"Virtual Desktop" Spans Digital Divide
The city of Houston unveiled a new program August 20 that will give any resident with a library card free access to e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet software, and 25 megabytes of secure storage space for documents. It is the first program of...
"You Must Read This": Library Weblogs
READING LIBRARY-RELATED NEWS ON THE WEB CAN BE MIND-BLOGGINGLY EASY Have you ever clipped something from the daily paper and tacked it to the staff bulletin board or routed it to colleagues? With the rise of the Internet, do you find yourself sending...