American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 16, October

Are We There Yet? Evaluating Library Collections, Reference Services, Programs, and Personnel
THE TERM "EVALUATION" IS LIKELY TO BRING to mind the question, "How good is it?" But "Compared to what?" is the key question to ask. Evaluation implies a final judgment of value made by comparing the thing evaluated with some standard. Evaluation...
Comparable-Worth Movement Goes on despite Setback
Federal judges, like other citizens across the land, reach differing opinions on the issue of comparable pay for comparable jobs. Just two years ago in a landmark wage-discrimination case, Federal Judge Jack E. Tanner ruled in Tacoma that Washington...
Congressmen Question ALA and ARL Witnesses at Higher Ed Hearing
"Do our libraries have the information the U.S. needs on technological developments in other countries?" asked Chair William Ford (D-Mich.) at his House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee hearing Sept. 7. Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.) wanted to...
Families That Read Together Overcome Rift; Shared "Book Talk" May Become Tradition for Desegregated School District
IMAGINE THIS SCENE IN YOUR media center or public library children's room: It is evening and the lights glow softly. Classifical music plays in the background. On a table near the doorway are a bouquet, a plate of cookies, and jugs of cider. The...
Historic Jail Transformed into County Library
Beth Koostra may be the only library director whose office door has "I Love U" scratched into it. This is one of the many vestiges of the Noxubee County Library's years as a county jail before it was rededicated last February. The Mississippi Library...
Lynch Gives ALA Views to Pornography Panel
"Reexamination of the issue of pornography is long overdue," Attorney General Edwin Meese III declared in Washington, D.C., May 20. Pornography, he said, now emphasizes extreme violence, and "is available at home to anyone--regardless of age." ...
One Member's Conference Awards: Best Freebies, Blasts, and Vendor Niceties
I AM TIRED OF READING CONFERENCE reports making no mention of the seamy side of the festivities, namely, the exhibits freebies and the vendor parties. In the hope of rectifying this grievous error, herewith is my eyewitness account of this year's...
Patrons Use Micros to Answer Library Survey
IN MARCH 1985 THE UNIVERSITY OF Illinois Library Research Center surveyed adult patrons in a sample of 62 Illinois public libraries. The 25-question survey, on patrons' use of books and the library, was conducted on behalf of the Illinois State Library....
Sleep No More at IFLA
WHEN THE CHICAGO CHILDREN'S Choir sang "Are You Sleeping, Brother John" at the Opening General Session of IFLA August 19, this reporter wrote in his notebook: "possible theme for a dull week of diplomatic blather." The hunch was wrong. It was a good,...
Still on the Job and on the Road at 83
Rose Mary Malone, at the age of 83, is the oldest salaried employee in Casper, Wyo., a town of 50,00 people. It's also possible that she is one of the oldest working librarians in the country. She retired from her high school library position in...
The New Age of Linked Systems; Now, Suppliers Will Even Help You Link with Competing Systems
IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE NAtional Information Standards Organization (NISO) held a conference to identify "the critical issues which will face the information science, library, and publishing communities in the next decade." Participants identified...
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