American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, February

Academic Libraries Defend File Sharing. (ALA News)
ACRL is urging college presidents to stand up to increasing pressure from entertainment companies and to think carefully before cracking down on peer-to-peer file sharing, which often is used by students to swap copyrighted materials. Leaders of...
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ACRL Marketing Efforts Expand. (the Association's Associations)
The Association of College and Research Libraries is dedicated to providing learning, teaching, and research opportunities in an effort to enhance the effectiveness of academic and research librarians. ACRL has several major initiatives underway designed...
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Datebook. (Events)
ALA EVENTS Feb. 21-22: ALCTS AACR2 2002 and Metadata Regional Institute, Radisson Plaza Hotel Orlando, Florida; and Apr. 4-5: Wyndham Hotel San Jose, California. Contact: Kirsten Ahlen, 800-545-2433, ext. 5037; kahlen@ala.org; www.ala.org/alcts/now/metadata.html....
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Filters Work: Get over It; a Virginia Library System Opts for Filtered Internet Access and Makes a Believer out of One Skeptic. (Intelectual Freedom)
Since the advent of graphical Internet access in public libraries, the American Library Association has staked out the so-called high ground to ensure that some elements of society do not undermine the rights of everyone else to freely access information...
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Grassroots Report: Hundreds of Communities, Hundreds of Books. (Reading)
The "one city, one book" phenomenon that started in Seattle in 1998 and made headlines in Chicago in 2001 had spread to at least 94 communities and counting by last October, according to the American Booksellers Association, and there are no signs...
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Internet Librarian: Dot Kids "R" Us. (Information Technology)
I was halfway out my office door on my way to grab a quick swim the other day when the phone rang. Fighting the urge to let it ring, I answered it and found myself talking to a woman from a local radio station asking whether I'd be willing to be interviewed...
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Librarian's Library: Resources for Continuing Education. (Professional Literature)
Oh, My Aching Back If your job is giving you a pain, poor back care may be to blame. Chiropractor Alan Sokoloff demonstrates the healthy way to perform basic library tasks in the new video Back Talk with Dr. Alan Sokoloff. He covers simple exercises...
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Libraries Confront Budget Crisis with Cutbacks and Closures. (News Fronts)
The worsening economy has resulted in a massive wave of cutbacks and closures at libraries nationwide. In addition to previously reported actions such as Seattle Public Library's systemwide shutdown for a week in December (AL, Dec. 2002, p. 46), cost-cutting...
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Malcolm X Papers Find a Home at NYPL. (News Fronts)
Private papers and personal effects covering two decades of the life of slain civil-rights leader Malcolm X were placed on long-term deposit January 7 at New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and will be available...
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MARC Goes Global-And Lite: The Backbone of Library Catalogs Has Evolved to Reach New Users Worldwide. (Cataloging)
Global communication is here. Libraries around the world are exchanging information faster and easier than ever before. Whether users are in Peru, Malaysia, or the United States, information leaps to the screen the moment an online catalog is consulted....
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New Public Printer Names First Female Supt. of Docs. (News Fronts Washington)
The new Public Printer of the United States, Bruce R. James, has appointed Judith C. Russell as the 22nd superintendent of documents--the first woman and the second librarian to hold the post. The appointment marks Russell's return to the Government...
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Obituaries
William Kaye Beatty, 76, a librarian, longtime reviewer for Booklist magazine, medical historian, and educator, died December 9 of a heart attack. His first job was as assistant librarian at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where he became...
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On My Mind: The Patriot Act's Threat to Libraries. (Opinion)
In late 2002 President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act (AL, Dec. 2001, p. 12-13). I fear that this legislation, passed in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, curtails some of our most precious First Amendment rights. Its chilling impact...
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Pittsburgh Gets OK to Renovate, Replace Branches. (News Fronts)
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is launching an ambitious $40-million project in February to renovate or replace all 18 branches in the system. For symbolic reasons, the first branch scheduled for modernization is the Homewood facility, which benefactor...
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President's Message: Libraries, Priorities, and Telling Our Story
I read a December 31 New York Times article about Ohio State University football tailback Maurice Clarett, who set records this season as a freshman. There's nothing about libraries in the article, but I was touched by the words of this 19-year-old...
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Reader Forum: Letters and Comments. (Opinion)
Nader's Not Needy It is commendable that Ralph Nader is rallying around the plight of the District of Columbia Public Library and we all wish him great success (Jan., p. 14). However, the statement in the article that Nader is "a man of little personal...
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Report Finds Massive Fraud in E-Rate Program. (News Fronts Washington)
The D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity issued a report January 9 warning that the $2.25-billion e-rate program, which subsidizes schools and libraries at a rate of 20 to 90% for telecommunications costs, is "honeycombed with fraud and financial...
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Romania Investigates Librarian's Detention. (Global News)
Romania's Interior Minister loan Rus announced December 18 he would open an investigation into whether Bucharest police violated the rights of National Library Director Dan Erceanu when he was detained on a charge of criminal complicity. Erceanu,...
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RoweCom Failure Leaves Subscriptions Hanging. (News Fronts)
RoweCom, one of the largest subscription agencies in the United States, has stopped processing orders in the wake of an apparent financial failure that some are calling the Enron of the library world. The century-old agency--known as Faxon until 1999...
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Technically Speaking: Making a Federal Case out of Access. (Information Technology)
For science to rapidly advance at the frontier, it must be open. And shared knowledge is the enabler of scientific progress." These words were spoken on October 12, 1999, by then-Secretary of Energy William Richardson on the occasion of the debut of...
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The Crawford Files: PoD People Revisited; You Thought I Was Joking? (Publishing)
How many of you thought I was joking in the very first Crawford Files, "Brace Yourselves--It's the Attack of the PoD People"? Sure, I indulged in hyperbole--but maybe less than any of us thought! You can read that January 2002 column (p. 93) or on...
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The Seeds of Prosperity: ALA in the 1970s; a Former Executive Director Tells the Story of Huron Plaza Construction and the Dawn of High Finance for the Association. (ALA History)
Part II At the time I was under consideration for the position of ALA executive director, there were rumors of a secret agreement to build a new ALA headquarters. There was no mention of this at any time during the process that led to my appointment....
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Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)
"Filters are a bit like neckties. When used properly, they can make you look respectable. If you make them too tight, they'll strangle you." Syndicated columnist and television technology analyst LARRY MAGID discussing the results of the recent Kaiser...
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Uncovering Lost Voices: 1946 David Boder Tapes Revived; IIT Library Staffers Pool Resources to Create a Web Site from Archival Holocaust Material. (Information Technology)
Small budgets and big labors are two things that the late David Boder, psychology professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, had in common with IIT's Paul V. Galvin Library. In 1946, Boder borrowed from his life insurance to help fund a European...
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What If There Were No CIPA?. (Editorial)
Imagine for a moment that Congress had never passed the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), or for that matter the Communications Decency Act (CDA), or the slew of other acts ostensibly aimed at protecting children from pornography that have...
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Who Pays for Free Speech? the Cost of Defending the First Amendment Is Diverting Scarce Resources from Library Services
No one wants children to be exposed to pornography--not Congress, not libraries, not even the pornography industry. Yet libraries and other defenders of the First Amendment are locked in a battle with Congress and state legislatures over how to address...
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Will's World: The Changing Times of Lunchroom Ethics. (Commentary)
Anyone who thinks that the art of reading is in danger ought to go to the supermarket and watch people read what is quickly becoming a nationwide bestseller--food labels. In the past, the only things you read at the grocery store were the tabloids;...
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Working Knowledge: Life on the Job. (Professional Development)
Q: I am a children's librarian at a busy city branch. My boss is a real witch. Every time I try to do more programming, organize a Friends group, or do any sort of outreach, she tries to put the kibosh on it. Should I go over her head? I don't want...
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