American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1-2, January-February

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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND, ONLINE AND OFF The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is committed to providing a wide range of continuous learning opportunities to enable librarians to strengthen their effectiveness. Current and...
Alfonso Aguilar
As chief of the Office of Citizenship for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C., Alfonso Aguilar believes that "the government doesn't make you free or give you freedom, you're born free." A lawyer by training, Aguilar says...
American Library Association 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibition: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Ca, June 26-July 2, 2008
ALA Annual Conference is the best place to advance your career, connect with colleagues and to learn new techniques that improve library services to your community. There is something for everyone at Annual! [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PROGRAMS ON...
American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2007-2008 Library Champions
As ALA's highest level of corporate membership, Library Champions provide not only essential funding through their support of ALA's national advocacy and awareness initiative, @ your library--The Campaign for America's Libraries, but also an example...
A New Chapter: Time to Move On-At a Pace Still Hectic
Serendipity is my second-favorite word in the English language (skip to the end of this column, if you simply cannot wait to know my first), and the one that best describes most of my career. It was a chance encounter on a train in New York that led...
Be It Resolved ... Twelve Resolutions for the New Year at Your Library
How will you make a difference this year in your own professional life and those of your library colleagues? Here are some ideas to help you get started: 1. Can you name three librarian colleagues working in similar roles in nearby libraries? Reach...
Book Talk Flap Followed by Librarian's Dismissal
Bellevue (Calif.) Unified School District Superintendent Tony Roehrick terminated the library consultant contract of Richie Partington November 21, two days after Partington declined to discuss with Kawana School Principal Jesse Escobedo the merits...
Change Is Good. Service Is Better
Welcome to the special January/February special double issue of American Libraries. If you are picking this issue up from one of the bins during ALA's Midwinter Meeting, welcome to Philadelphia. You'll find our quick roundup of Midwinter highlights...
Circle of Diversity
Welcome to those who are attending the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. I am delighted to announce that NBA legend, researcher, and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will join us January 13 at the President's Program (see preview, p. 62-69)....
Design Thinking: A Design Approach to the Delivery of Outstanding Services Can Help Library Professsionals Become Strategizers and Problem-Solvers Who Put the User Experience First
Design matters. Be it your office chair, the suit you put on in the morning, the car you drive, or your computer's interface, the influence of design surrounds us. Certainly building design is crucial to the delivery of outstanding library services,...
From Hoops to Ink: AL Interview with Basketball Legend Turned Author
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited ALA Headquarters in Chicago one day after being one of eight individuals inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame established in 2006. Abdul-Jabbar talked exclusively to American Libraries about his latest honor,...
Global Reach
FRANCE 1 Arsonists struck the Louis Jouvet municipal library and a neighboring nursery school in the Paris suburb of Villiers-le-Bel during widespread rioting the night of November 26, completely destroying both buildings. Youths, many of them children...
Golden Compass Accused of Anti-Catholic Bias
Several Catholic school boards in Canada have removed Philip Pullman's fantasy novel The Golden Compass from library shelves for review following a complaint in the municipality of Halton, Ontario, in late November. The novel and its two companions...
How the World Sees Us
"My first visit to a university library offered a life experience akin to my first visit to a California winery. Where to start? What is this? What is that? Of course, the winery doesn't let you borrow a bottle for a few weeks to see if you like it...
It All Stacks Up: Unplugged Research Is Still One of My Favorite Things
It feels a bit off kilter to be back in the 21st century after spending the last 12 months examining the 100-year history of this magazine decade by decade. My disorientation is heightened by the fact that, oddly enough, I am more at home with the...
Leaky Branch's Future Uncertain after Administrators Dispose of Moldy Collection
The board of Lenawee County (Mich.) Library voted 4-1 November 20 to dispose of the entire collection of 8,760 books and 2,054 magazines in the Ridgeway branch because they have been contaminated by mold. Teresa Calderone, director of the system...
Librarians in the Jury Box: Why Do Information Professionals Make Such Desirable Jurors?
One four-letter word has been permanently banned from the lips of my library employees: "jury." My heart sinks every time a staff member waves a jury summons in front of me, for I know serious staff shortages are sure to follow. In the past year, almost...
Putting Students First: We Must Change the Focus of Our Messages from School Libraries to Student Learning and Achievement
When we talk about advocating for school libraries, what do we truly mean? Are school libraries an end or a means? Should schools have school libraries just to have a library? Should schools have library media specialists simply to have a media specialist?...
Revisiting a Historic Relic
ALA members visiting Philadelphia for Annual Conference may feel they are too busy to see the city's sights. On a recent trip to the city, I revisited the Liberty Bell, the world's most famous symbol of freedom, and I urge fellow members to do the...
The "I" in Libraries: We Can Offer More Than Mere Information
How many "i" s are there in "libraries"? Most of you will answer two. However, much of the dialogue within our profession over the last quarter of a century would lead a casual observer to believe that there is only one: information. I would like to...
The Next Big Thing: Youth Specialists Seek Tomorrow's Trends under the Radar
As I was writing this, I was anticipating the December 7 movie release of The Golden Compass, so you know that I was also looking forward to the new year. Wondering what else 2008 portends for youth services (my guess is less Harry Potter mania, plus...
Welcome to Philly: Up Close and Personal with a Basketball Legend and the Year's Best Youth Media Awards Highlight the Conference Agenda
When the more than 10,000 attendees, exhibitors, authors, and guests converge upon the Philadelphia Convention Center (PCC) January 11-16 for the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting, it won't be the first time the Association brings its...
What Friends Are For: Capitalizing on Your Online Rolodex
There are times at work when we all have to go outside our comfort zone or areas of expertise. Perhaps you're working on a new technology or a subject guide in an area you know little about. You can struggle for hours, days, or weeks on your own, or...
Worth the Effort: Innovation Is Valuable No Matter How Long It Lasts
For reasons that surpass understanding, I've been ruminating on the National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints lately. (I may be the only person in North America who can honestly say that.) Either you learned about this and used it back in the day,...

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