American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 10, November

ALA Rolls out New Incentive-Based Pay Plan. (News Fronts ALA)
On September 1, ALA implemented a new compensation and performance management system for all ALA employees at the Association's Chicago headquarters, its Washington Office, and the Choice magazine office in Connecticut. In 1999, senior management...
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Beware What You Wish For: Online Journal Quandaries. (the Crawford Files)
Let's talk about access to scholarly articles in scientific, technical, and medical (STM) fields--or what's commonly called the serials crisis. It's becoming clear that the combined wisdom of America's top academic librarians and consortia isn't enough...
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Big Brother Is Target-Marketing You. (Editorial)
At the risk of sounding as paranoid and delusional as the Unabomber, I'm certain that Big Brother has targeted me and is trying to market the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness right out of me. I've learned to live with telemarketing calls...
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Book Festival Draws Crowds despite Mud, Tight Security. (News Fronts Washington)
The heightened security and muddy lawns that marked the second National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., couldn't keep the crowds away. Some 40,000 book lovers strolled the grounds of the U.S. Capitol October 12, dropping in and out of billowing...
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Datebook
ALA EVENTS Nov. 14-16: LAMA Second National Institute, Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, Naples, Florida. Theme: "The E-ssential Library: Creating and Sustaining Our Leading Edge." Contact: Doll Thorn, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032; dthorn@ala.org; www.ala.org/lama/essential/....
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Dressing David Down. (Censorship Watch)
RLC spokesperson Jeff Van Fleet told AL that the RLC became involved in the issue because a woman shared her concerns with the group after coming across ft's Perfectly Normal in an MCLS children's section. "We agreed with her that the material was...
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Eddy Research Library Opens with Style in Boston. (News Fronts)
"The time for thinkers has come; the place for thinkers is now open," said Virginia Harris at the September 27 dedication of the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in Boston. The president of the library board of trustees welcomed...
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Joining the Band Means Playing along. (Grassroots Report)
Getting involved in ALA, a chapter, or any other professional group means giving up time and energy that could be spent on something else. People do it for all kinds of reasons, but the challenge is to make your membership investment as productive...
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Libraries to Benefit from CD Price-Fixing Settlement. (News Fronts)
Libraries are among the beneficiaries in the settlement of a class-action lawsuit over price-fixing by the nation's five major record labels and three largest music retailers. In the settlement, announced September 30, the companies agreed to give...
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Library Programs, Exhibits Memorialize September 11. (News Fronts)
Libraries nationwide remembered those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks with special programs and exhibits. Clockwise from above: In Des Plaines, Illinois, Mayor Tony Arreida (sixth from right) and other city officials attended the September...
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Making a Case for the Tenure Banjo: Specialized Support for the University Music Department. (Facetiae)
When I was appointed to my new position as assistant professor/humanities reference librarian at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, I agreed to follow the university's policy on promotion and tenure. For librarians, promotion is measured...
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Obituaries
Ruth Peters Braun, 88, chief librarian of the George Calin Memorial Library at the Detroit News--one of the oldest and largest newspaper libraries in the country--for 33 years, died September 16 of cancer. * Doris Sorenson Broughton, 63, who retired...
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One Year Later: Examining the Patriot Act's Impact. (News Fronts)
Nearly a year after its passage, librarians continue to worry about the effect of the USA Patriot Act (AL, Dec. 2001, P. 12-13) on their libraries. Some 70 people--about one-third of them area librarians--turned up at the Albany (N.Y.) Public Library...
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Privacy & Confidentiality: Now More Than Ever, Youngsters Need to Keep Their Library Use under Wraps. (Ensuring the Rights of Minors)
Like adults, young children, preteens, and teenagers are entitled to privacy when they use libraries. According to Carrie Gardner, coordinator for library services at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, it's crucial to be able to seek...
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Protesters Greet Supremacists in Virginia. (News Fronts)
More than 500 demonstrators turned out September 21 at the Chester (Va.) Library to protest a speech being given in the meeting room by John King, Virginia leader of the World Church of the Creator, a white-supremacist organization headed by Matt Hale....
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Quick Bibs: Books on a Timeless Topic
Canadian Fiction The recent announcement of the short list for this year's Booker Prize has served as a kind of vindication for Canadian fiction. Three of the six nominated titles--Carol Shields' Unless, Yann Martel's Life of Pi, and Rohinton Mistry's...
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Reader Forum
Remembering Pentagon Victims September 11th did not happen just to New York City. In fact, it did not just happen to the United States. It happened to the whole world. When people say that their world changed that day, they don't just mean their...
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Salary Hikes for Australian Librarians: Can It Happen Here? (News Commentary)
Every now and then, a chance conversation or a random encounter can lead you to a new way of thinking. This happened to me last summer during a phone conversation with an old friend and colleague. I met Alice several years ago when I worked in libraries...
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Send That Stereotype to the Smithsonian. (President's Message)
As we pack up our Halloween displays, many of us find ourselves haunted by ghosts of past budget battles. Hard times are back and we must show the communities we serve what it's worth to acquire a lifetime love of reading, to find that nugget of information...
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Six Reasons Why We Are Underpaid. (Wills World)
It's always refreshing when our profession makes a concerted effort to address the issue of salaries. While I haven't seen any librarians on the roadside lately carrying "Will Catalog for Food" placards, it is absolutely true that as a professional...
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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Copyright Extension Act. (News Fronts Washington)
The Supreme Court heard arguments October 9 in a challenge to the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, which lengthened the life-plus-50-year copyright term by 20 years (AL, Apr., p. 19). Reports on the session indicated that while the justices seemed...
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The Association's Associations: RUSA Helps Protect Patrons' Privacy. (News Fronts ALA)
Reference librarians are on the front line when it comes to protecting the privacy of patrons. Their charge comes from the ALA Code of Ethics: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or...
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The Second Internet and the Next Big Idea. (Internet Librarian)
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a magical world where people could communicate and share their ideas freely with anyone, in the blink of an eye, anywhere, anytime. This world, which was called the Internet, was a mysterious and exciting...
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The Unbearable Slowness of Hiring. (on My Mind)
As I sat here contemplating whether to e-mail my latest prospective employer to see if they had made a decision, I thought, "But it's only been a month since my on-campus interview." Then the absurdity of this statement struck me, and I got the suicidal...
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This Month, 85 Years Ago
IN NOVEMBER 1917, the San Francisco Public Library removed all German-language books from its shelves and forced patrons to come to the circulation desk to request them. It was World War I, and the American public library community had caught the same...
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Through the Eyes of a Secret Shopper: Enhance Service by Borrowing a Popular Business Technique. (Service)
Public libraries and other public agencies shy away from "secret shopper" evaluations. Why? Perhaps it's a matter of time and money. Perhaps it's the concern of staff members about being put to the test. Or perhaps it just seems somehow. . . well,...
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Thus Said. (Opinion)
"I need to use my most important investigative tool--my library card." Actor Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren on the season premiere of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, before researching a biblical reference in a phone call made to a murder...
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To Identify an Online Object, Just DOI It. (Technically Speaking)
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) has been much discussed and extensively endorsed over the past five years. In the past couple of years, its use has been increasing dramatically. From the early days of the Web it was apparent that a protocol was...
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UW/Milwaukee Dean Resigns amid Controversy
The longtime dean of the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee School of Information Studies resigned effective September 30. Mohammed Aman, who has served as dean since 1979, will "return to the SOIS faculty, where he plans to work until retirement,"...
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Value & Vision: Public Libraries Must Create Public Value through Renewal and Reinvention. (Service)
Library circles have been humming lately with declarations of the value of libraries and librarians. These assertions of value are made to comfort, to advocate, and to defend. But public librarians often reflect some confusion in their conversations,...
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