American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 9, October

2008 Midwinter Meeting, January 11-16, 2008, Philadelphia, PA
what's included with your full registration? ALA PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM Sunday, January 13, 2008, 3:30-5:30 pm PHILADELPHIA SUNRISE SPEAKER SERIES Each morning of the Midwinter Meeting, Saturday, Sunday and Monday January 12, 13, and 14, get...
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Bedford Mayor Nixes Library Outsourcing
The mayor of Bedford, Texas, cast the deciding 4-3 vote August 28 to keep city library services run locally and decline a bid by Maryland-based management firm Library Systems and Services. Mayor Jim Story dismissed as a false economy the fact that...
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California's $14-Million Library Budget Cut Came as a Surprise
Shortly after noon on August 24, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the FY2007-08 budget 52 days late, ending the state's third-longest budget impasse in the past 30 years. In his successful attempt to achieve a "zero deficit" budget, the...
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Career Leads from ALA JobLIST: Your #1 Source for Job Openings in Library and Information Science and Technology
Place a Job Ad Visit JobLIST.ala.org to establish an institutional account in order to place Web-only ads, print ads in American Libraries and C & RL News, or any combination. Print ads in American Libraries cost $7.50 per line, $5.50 for ALA...
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Charting a Course: Local Libraries Can Help the Growing Number of Charter Schools Locate the Resources They Need
Most people have probably heard about charter schools and the related movement toward school choice that has been gaining momentum since the 1990s. But little is known about the role libraries play in these schools, and the issue is rarely discussed...
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Circle of Learning: The Falling Leaves Moon Month or Binaakwe-Giizis
In traditional societies, members of clans were assigned educational responsibilities. Elders educated young people, who were also welcome to seek out and study under other knowledgeable tribal members. In librarianship, our circle of learning often...
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Cluck, Cluck: Decisions Made at the Dawn of the Web Come Back to Haunt Us
That clucking sound you hear emerging from the verdant and rolling hills of western New York is that of chickens coming home, likely inevitably, to roost. I speak of the sad but cautionary tale of Rochester and Monroe County, where the county executive...
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Controversies in Cataloging: The Debate over AACR2's Successor
The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) is so much a part of the backbone of the profession that many librarians--noncatalogers, anyway--do not spend much time thinking about it. But that is changing as the library world moves...
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Education and Training Opportunities Available
The Public Library Association's (PLA) strategic plan identifies training and knowledge transfer as a key area critical to the continued relevance of public libraries. This year, PLA unveiled new and exciting continuing education programs for public...
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Fair Funding Nixed Again in Wisconsin
The absence of four supervisors at an August 14 Waukesha County (Wis.) Board of Supervisors meeting cost the 16-member federated county library system an additional $345,000 in long-sought additional revenue. The second time in four years that the...
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Food for Thought: Is the Growing Body of Diet Literature Good for Teens?
The ubiquity of bottled water and nutritional labeling appeared among the entries on the recently released 10th annual Beloit (Wis.) College Mindset list--a zeitgeist inventory that prompts us to remember how the innovations of our lifetimes form the...
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Global Reach
SPAIN 1 The director of the national library in Madrid, 74-year-old prize-winning author Rosa Regas, resigned from her post August 27, saying she did not have the confidence of the new culture minister, Cesar Antonio Molina. Her resignation came...
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How the World Sees Us
"There are a lot of books in the library that aren't read because they aren't pulled off the shelf. I told the guys, 'You've got to pull me off the shelf. I'm not going to just tap you on the shoulder. But if you pull me off the shelf, I'm an open...
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Indigenous Knowledge Matters at IFLA Conference in South Africa: An Announcement of New Regional Offices and the Profession's Role in the AIDS Crisis Dominate the Discussion
The 73rd World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) convened August 19 in Durban, South Africa, with a new emphasis on indigenous knowledge and oral history in relation to...
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Irshad Manji
The New York Times has called her Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare. Her powerful talk at the ALA Annual Conference this summer in Washington, D.C., drew thunderous applause, with her message of tolerance and intellectual freedom. Irshad Manji's book,...
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Learning on a Shoestring: Your Next Conference May Be on Your Desktop
Every year, I hear about more than a dozen conferences I'd love to attend. I consider myself fortunate if I can even make it to a few on that list--and I'm one of the lucky ones. Librarians at my university receive funding and time off to attend...
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Leaving Libraries: Why Do Some Librarians Switch Careers? (Part Two of Two)
This month we continue with stories of successful career transitions (AL, Sept., p. 78). Robb Murray of Chicago spent little time as a librarian, but uses what he learned regularly. "My evolution ... was made possible by my information services...
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Libraries in the Wild: Community Libraries Thrive among the Rain Forests and Wetlands of Western Uganda's Kibale National Park
Are libraries naturally occurring organisms that form and thrive based upon their environment? Are they as naturally occurring as the flora and fauna that scientists are striving to protect and preserve in the earth's diminishing wild spaces? Of...
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My Name Is Bill, and I'm a Lazy Reader
A few days ago, in the wee small hours of the morning, I had an epiphany. I had just finished mopping my flooded basement floor and was trying to read myself to sleep between storms. Then it hit me: Maybe I was too old for high-end literary fiction....
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Nix the Name-Calling: The Lazy Use of Labels Cuts off Any Meaningful Dialogue
I just read yet another article pointing out the differences between "baby boomers" and "millennials" and how we must treat different generations differently. This theme has been discussed many times in the library literature over the past few years,...
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Printing in the Library: Every Patron a Gutenberg
I remember one of my first phone calls while serving on an IT helpdesk. A hapless librarian had been saddled with supporting the new online catalog. Come to think of it, she was hapless and helpless. After patiently (actually, I never had the Job-like...
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Recasting Library Catalogs: New Library Interfaces Take the Stage
For the last few years, library catalogs have received dismal reviews. Libraries created some of the pioneering search interfaces in the early days of the Web, but as the Web evolved at a breakneck pace, library interfaces evolved much more slowly....
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Reference on the Fringe: A Librarian Finds Her Calling in a Profession That Lives on the Cutting Edge of Creative Research into Barbie, G.I. Joe, and Betty Crocker
Today I discovered the online archive of Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm radio program (www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/bw/), with such treasures as interviews with Alice Walker, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Cisneros, Sigrid Nunez, and Joan Didion. I started...
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School Board Blinks in Funding Showdown
The Kanawha County (W.Va.) school board narrowly approved September 5 the restoration of $2.3 million from its FY2007-08 state revenues to the Kanawha County Public Library. The 3-2 decision overruled school Superintendent Ron Duerring's unilateral...
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Speaking of Dissent: One Person's Free Speech Is Another's Incitement
This is a serious trivia question. In the past 100 years, what was the biggest controversy to hit the American Library Association? Here's a hint. It has something to do with intellectual freedom. That hint should indicate to you that this event...
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Teen Reading and Indigenous Knowledge
The young men ran alongside the bus waving spears, whistling like exotic birds, and shouting in what we would later learn was the Chinyanja language. Outfitted only in Zulu feather headdresses and fur loincloths, their job was to greet us tourists...
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Teens and the Future of Reading: Not Everyone Believes the Sky Is Falling on the State of America's Reading
LOL @ your library" may be the theme for ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 10th annual Teen Read Week this October, but the state of America's reading, many argue, is no laughing matter. According to Reading at Risk, a much-discussed...
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The Powers of Attraction: A College Library Arouses Interest with a Booth at the Campus Sexual-Health Fair
Sex sells. In marketing sessions, librarians are encouraged to shed their profession's stereotypical image and make the library "sexy." In this vein, staffers at Penn State Altoona's Robert E. Eiche Library decided to try a novel marketing idea: Host...
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