American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 9-10, September-October

ALA Award Winners Visionaries & Innovators
This year, the American Library Association bestowed its highest honors and awards on a variety of individuals and institutions whose achievements underscore their bold vision for librarianship and their strong commitment to the profession. Selected...
An Old Friend in the Library: When Rethinking Service Imperatives, Let Compassion Be Your Guide
As summer days grew longer and the heat increased, so did my trips to the public library. This summer, I had a companion: a longtime friend's 84-year-old mother--now an-other good friend. While I cruised the children's section, Doris would head to...
Community Connections: Using Technology to Reach Your Clientele
Has your library ever thought about using technology and community-wide projects to connect with customers? It's not easy to pull off, but if you're successful, your library can make new friends and contacts and can provide useful knowledge or entertainment...
Forbes Folly: Demonstrating the Real Net Worth of a Library Degree
When Foroes.com publushed an article in June declaring that a master's degree in library and information science is the worst type of post-graduate degree eased on career earning potential, the reaction from the library community was one of dismay....
Geek Out: Digital Learning Labs Convert Consumers into Creators
Teenagers are natural and voracious media consumers. But new research suggests that teens can learn more effectively in hands-on projects where they can be creative and think critically. The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John...
Global Reach
CANADA 1 The Toronto Public Library has issued a request for proposals in search of a company to sell ads on the backs of date-due slips beginning in the fall. A second request for proposals seeks a consultant to "evaluate all library channels and...
Is God Really a Librarian? Turning the Actuarial Tables in My Favor
This old Irish joke is as old as the sod: "It's always puzzled me," said the Irishman, looking up from his newspaper, "how every time the Lord gets it right. People always seem to be dying in alphabetical order." The other Irishman responds, "I...
Joint Libraries: Models That Work: Combining Town and Gown
In the past, academic and public libraries had very different missions and ways of operating. Academic libraries were created to serve their own faculty and students and to facilitate research. Pualic libraries were created to allow educational resources...
Let's #Makeithappen: What Is Stopping You from Creating Change?
Have you ever seen something in your work that you wanted to change but did nothing about it? What stopped you? Maybe you didn't do it because you were too busy, but maybe you also felt that creating change was too daunting and you didn't feel capable...
Librarian's Library: The Library Is the Real School
"I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a 6-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from...
Library Heroes Shelter Evacuees from the Summer of 2012
This summer saw wild weather events spring up across the country, with record high temperatures, historic droughts, thunderstorms that downed power lines, massive wildfires, and flash floods. The resulting mayhem provided opportunities for libraries...
Louisiana Denied State Aid; Support Varies Elsewhere
FY2012 has proven to be relatively stable," the bipartisan National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) said August 7 in its State Budget Update: Summer 2012. "Projected revenues and appropriations in FY2013 also are expected to rise moderately."...
OCLC Brings Time-Saving Services to Wisconsin
The Todd Wehr Memorial Library is part of Viterbo University, a Catholic Franciscan institution in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In March 2010, library management started exploring ways to better organize and increase efficiency. At an OCLC event at the 2011...
Our Roller-Coaster Summer
If I were to write "What American Libraries Did This Summer," it would be more roller-coaster ride than mai tais on the beach. Such is the nature of juggling several media streams, especially when tied to news and deadlines. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Registration, Hotel and Travel Information
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR FULL REGISTRATION Sign up for full registration to take advantage of all the great meetings in Seattle. Included in the full registration package you get access to the exhibit hall, discussion groups and meetings, ERT/Booklist...
Rousing Reads: Gregorian Chants Meet Thelonious Monk
Somewhere, I told myself, amid shelves of long-ignored LPs, I had a recording of Gregorian chants. But where? After much foraging, the album eventually turned up, and, remarkably, my ancient turntable still worked, giving me the chance to experience--for...
SLA Conference Comes to Chicago
The Special Libraries Association, the international association of information professionals and special librarians in corporations, business, science, government, and academic institutions, met in Chicago July 15-18 for its annual conference and...
Space: The New Frontier: Reconfiguring Library Floor Plans for 21st-Century Learning
About 10 years ago I had an experience with a small group of teen girls that taught me a lot about the impact of a facility's use of space on young people. We were at the Mount Holyoke College library and I wanted to show the teens the college's information...
The March of Time: Technologies Change, but Innovation Rolls Along
Can it really be 10 years since I began writing this column? It doesn't seem possible, yet there I am, horrible picture and all, chirpily nattering away on page 74 of the September 2002 American Libraries. A lot of water has gone under many bridges...
The RFID Opportunity: Use Tags to Deliver New Services to Your Patrons
In March, the National Information Standards Organization adopted RFID in US Libraries (RP-6-2012), recommending practices for using RFID tags in libraries for shelving, circulation, sorting, inventory, security, and interlibrary loans. In addition,...
The Year Ahead: Strategic Action Will Guide ALA Forward
I look forward to this year in which I have the privilege of serving as ALA president. To prepare, I acted on the very good advice of a number of our past presidents and took advantage of opportunities during my president-elect term to lay a strong...
Virtual Conference Offers Ideas, Trends
The Mario-themed, cube-shaped lamp chachings when punched. "That light was awesome," said a Texas participant in the online chat. A bike rider's jacket features an embedded turn signal indicator on the back. At the ALA Virtual Conference in July, attendees...