American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 6, June-July

$1.95-Million Wells Fargo Deal Gets Meetings off to Rousing Start. (ALA Executive Board)
Announcement of a $1.95-million sponsorship deal with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to support the Campaign for America's Libraries was an auspicious beginning for the ALA Executive Board's spring meetings, April 13-14. As board members cheered, ALA Executive...
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Access Isn't Enough: Merely Connecting People and Computers Won't Close the Digital Divide. (Technology)
In February, the U.S. Department of Commerce surprised many longtime observers of the "digital divide"--the gap between those with access to computers and the Internet and those without. After issuing a string of Falling through the Net reports that...
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ALA Councilors Elected. (ALA News)
Thirty-three members have been elected to Council for 2002-2005. The results included the election of 26 women and seven men, and the upset of Councilor Herb Biblo, who along with his wife, Mary, have served a combined total of 40 years on Council....
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Are Wider Library Units Wiser? Library Planners May Boost Their Funding by Casting Their Nets Wider. (Organization)
What form of organization delivers the best library service? For many years library leaders have told us that wider units of service will produce better services. After an examination of some of the issues, using national data, my findings suggest...
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina Holds Quasi-Inauguration. (News Front International)
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, a major cultural project under development for the past 11 years (AL, Apr. 2000, p. 70-74), hosted a gathering of international Friends April 23-25. What the group called an "unofficial inaugural"...
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Bill Seeks to Reverse Presidential Records Order. (News Fronts Washington)
A bipartisan panel of House Republicans and Democrats introduced a bill April 11 to rescind President Bush's executive order allowing incumbent or former presidents to withhold the release of their presidential papers (AL, Dec. 2001, p. 13). The legislation...
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Candidates for President, Council Needed. (ALA News)
The 2003 ALA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large for the 2003 spring ballot. The committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no fewer than 66 candidates...
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Carla Hayden Elected ALA President. (ALA News)
Carla D. Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, has been elected 2003-2004 ALA president. Hayden received 6,104 of 10,123 votes cast and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect before she takes office at the end...
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Don't Wait for White Men to Step Aside. (Editorial)
Diversity in the library profession won't be achieved until straight white men give up some of their power. That's one of the things I heard participants say while I was a member of the studio audience during an April 26 teleconference on recruitment,...
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Equity of Access: Our Continuing Challenge. (President's Message)
Equity of access to information, one of ALA's overarching goals, has been a central concern of my presidency. With the help of my Equity of Access Task Force, we sought to reassess the role of libraries and librarians in this expansive issue. For the...
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Expectations, Realities, and Diversity: A Personal Account. (on My Mind)
Five years ago I entered the library profession as a reference librarian at the University of Minnesota/Morris. A year later, I found myself in my hometown working at California State University/Fresno's Henry Madden Library, a place where I hope to...
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Gates Gives OCLC $9 Million for Computer Portal. (News Fronts USA)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded OCLC a three-year, $9-million grant May 2 to build a Web-based, public-access computing portal for public libraries and other organizations that provide open access to information. The new portal will build...
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Georgia Legislature Slashes School Library Funds. (News Fronts USA)
The Georgia legislature approved a fiscal 2003 budget April 10 that includes the full $14-million cut in school library funding requested by Gov. Roy Barnes. Budget negotiators said the state will encourage school officials to apply for federal Elementary...
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Higher Stakes: Cultural Programming Pays off. (Grassroots Report)
When Public Radio International's Ira Glass recently introduced author David Sedans at a fundraising event for the Library Community Foundation of the North Suburban (Ill.) Library System, he told a wonderful story about his sister meeting Sedans for...
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It Takes a Virtual Village to Empower All the Villagers: Assistive Technology Embraces All Comers in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Technology)
By noon the room is alive with the clatter of keyboards and the hum of quiet conversation. Office workers on their lunch break stop to send a video e-mail to friends, while hurried jobseekers print out last-minute copies of their resumes. It's not...
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Kansas High School Librarian Wrongly Fired. (News Fronts USA)
A due-process hearing officer has ruled that the Arkansas City (Kans.) school board acted improperly in firing a high school librarian for using the library computer to access sexually explicit sites on the Internet. Arkansas City High School Librarian...
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Laughing Librarian Yields, Pulls Offensive Web Cartoon. (News Fronts USA)
Brian Smith, creator of the Laughing Librarian Web site, wasn't laughing April 18 when he posted an explanation for why his facetious bookmark mocking the "Rediscover America @ your library" National Library Week theme had been pulled from the Web....
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Library Champions: American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2001-2002 Library Champions
Jon Hamann, Director 3M LIBRARY SYSTEMS For over 30 years 3M has been helping libraries meet the changing needs of their customers. In addition to providing innovative. Digitals Material Flaw Management Solutions, 3M partners with libraries in...
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Limited Resources, Unlimited Need: An Interview with New ALA ED Keith Fiels. (News Fronts ALA)
"I don't think people realize how hard librarians work in order to try and create the collections, services, and hours for the people that they serve, and how much of a challenge it is to do that with limited resources," says Keith Michael Fiels, newly...
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Littel-Known Annual Conference Traditions. (Annual Conference)
ALA Annual Conference is a wondrous thing--a place where librarians gather to learn new things, to see products and services we either covet or didn't realize we needed, and to connect with colleagues who are scattered from one end of the library universe...
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Missing Pieces That Fill in the Academic Library Puzzle: Cutting-Edge Technologies Can Assure Our Place in the Big Picture. (Technology)
The current worry among astute academic librarians is not whether students will use the Web instead of coming to the library, but which Web site they will turn to first. Will it be the university library's, Google, an emerging Library look-alike such...
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Obituaries
UIC Librarian Sharon Hogan Dies at 57 Sharon Hogan, 57, university librarian and vice provost for information management at the University of Illinois/Chicago, died April 27 of cancer. A leader in the transformation of libraries during a time...
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OMB Calls for End of GPO Printing Monopoly. (News Fronts Washington)
President Bush's budget director said in a May 3 memo that federal agencies should not have to obtain their printing services through the Government Printing Office. "The time has come for the Executive Branch to liberate its agencies from a monopoly...
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Rediscover America, Beginning in Atlanta: Highlights, Hot Topics, and Last-Minute Changes. (Annual Conference)
An original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be the star of ALA's 126th Annual Conference June 13-19 in Atlanta, in keeping with the conference theme, "Rediscover America @ your library." The rare document, part of a three-and-a-half-year...
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"Rediscover America" Videos Available. (ALA News)
Two promotional videotapes and a television PSA are available to help libraries publicize the "Rediscover America @ your library" initiative, the yearlong national media relations and advocacy effort designed to promote libraries and librarians as...
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Scheming to Normalize Dublin Core. (Technically Speaking)
While conditions inside the beltway may never be considered normal, the folks who brought us Dublin Core and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocol have finally proposed a standard XML Schema for encoding unqualified Dublin Core records for use...
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Soul Viewing. (Annual Conference)
For art-gallery lovers, the following is a list of African-American art galleries near the Convention Center area. Atlanta Life Insurance Company 934 Martin Luther King Dr., N.W., Auburn Ave. at Courtland St. (Sweet Auburn area). Extensive...
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Supreme Court Nixes Virtual Child Porn Ban. (News Fronts Washington)
In a 6-3 decision April 16, the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of a federal law that banned "virtual" child pornography using computer-generated images that only appear to depict actual children, The law prohibited any depiction that "appears...
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Take My Job ... Please! (Internet Librarian)
This is my last column as "the" Internet Librarian. I decided a few months ago that it was time to move on. It's not that I'm unhappy (I'm not) or that "they" won't let me say what I want to say ("they" give me free rein, and enormous encouragement...
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The Association's Associations: ASCLA Helps Bridge the Digital Divide. (News Fronts ALA)
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) may be small (just under 1,000 members), but it is dedicated to helping close the gaps in the digital divide. ASCLA members are strong and vocal advocates for the rights of people...
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This Month, 149 Years Ago
IN JUNE 1853, FIVE MEN BEGAN planning the first library conference on the North American continent: Smithsonian Institution Library Director Charles Coffin Jewett, New York publisher Charles Benjamin Norton, New York Mercantile Library Director Seth...
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Thus Said; "A Short History of Literacy Could Go like This: Gutenberg, King James, Libraries, Oprah.". (Opinion)
"You cannot just walk cold into a library and expect to emerge fully literate. There are so many books, you need a guide to tell you what to read." Ed Budz, administrator of New York City's Thalia movie theater, explaining the need for revival houses...
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.US Domain Goes Public; ALA Joins Policy Group. (News Fronts USA)
On April 24, the .us Internet country domain was released for sale to the American public. Within hours, buyers registered more than 20,000 names, including firstamendment.us, churches.us, and nonprofit.us, alongside the thousands of long-established...
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What If the Literacy Numbers Are Wrong? (the Crawford Files)
What do you call a reference librarian who provides wholly satisfactory answers 79% of the time? "Above average," based on most studies of reference service. "Incompetent"? Probably not. How about a student who gets 79% correct answers on exams?...
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Willie Calls All Eccentrics. (Will's World)
If you're looking for a place to hold a big conference, it's tough to beat Atlanta--the city that best symbolizes the New South, in a unique urban setting that blends a traditional Southern culture with an innovative high-tech economy. Without a doubt,...
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You Are Here: Will Libraries Go to Antarcti.ca to Transform the OPAC? (Technology)
I think there's room for substantial innovation in the face that libraries present to the world," says Tim Bray, the architect of a program that can turn a library's Web catalog into a browsable, customizable map. The program supplants the search-and-retrieval...
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