American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 8, September

Birmingham PL Reverses Art Ban after Complaints from Public
Three paintings depicting a woman breastfeeding a baby were returned to an art exhibition at the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library following public complaints about the library's decision to ban the artworks. The paintings were among six that library...
Congressional Panel Hears Library Backers
Several hundred WHCLIS delegates, journalists, and other observers jammed into a packed meeting room for a Joint Congressional Hearing on Library and Information Services scheduled to coincide with the Washington conference. The hearing was chaired...
Delegates' Skill, Tenacity Carry WHCLIS to a Promising Conclusion
Democracy is messy. A little frightening too, when it begins to look as if whoever has the loudest and most persistent voice at the microphone might decide national library policy into the next century. But it was democracy in action, many delegates...
Heavy-Hitters Extol Libraries to WHCLIS Delegates
The imposing lineup of dignitaries that came to address the WHCLIS delegates should go a long way in assuaging the library profession's self-perceived lack of respect. As an impressed Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander remarked after enumerating...
Judge Orders Anchorage Library to Return Nude Photo to Exhibit
An Anchorage (Alaska) District Court judge ordered the Anchorage Municipal Library to rehang a nude photo it had removed from a public exhibition at the Loussac Library. However, Judge Joan Katz refused to reinstate three other photos the library...
Library of Congress to Open Collections to Local Libraries in Electronic Access Plans
Asked why he chose to use his fortune to finance local libraries, Andrew Carnegie replied that they were "the best agencies for improving the masses of people.... They reach the aspiring and open to those the chief treasures of the world." Collectively,...
President Bush Vows: I Am Committed to Working with You
Thank you all very much or that welcome, and may I thank our marvelous band over there who brought us the music. What a job they always do. And may I, at the outset of these comments, thank those who have served and worked so hard to make this successful...
Rallies, Wrangles, and Reads: ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta
Cheered by thousands of determined librarians, Jesse Jackson, authors Michael Blake and Judy Blume, football star Derrick Thomas, U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, and other guest speakers kicked off a spectacular series of rallies for American's libraries...
"Rally for America's Libraries" Gets Rolling
These were among the headlines as ALA began a historic year-long campaign-- "Rally for America's Libraries" --at its 110th Annual Conference in Atlanta. The goal: to mobilize public support for libraries and librarians and the most basic of America's...
Rust Decision Threatens Libraries, ALA's Krug Tells Senate Panel
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Director Judith Krug was among those testifying on the First Amendment implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Rust v. Sullivan decision before a Senate subcommittee July 30. The May 23 ruling upheld federal regulations...
The Fruits of WHCLIS: Delegate Recommendations
Collection development A major national program with significant federal funding is needed to strengthen the collections of our nation's libraries. We urge the President and Congress to support increased appropriations for all types of library...
The Upper-Left-Hand Corner
The Upper-Left-Hand Corner The cult success of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" brought at least momentary notoriety to that mountainous, rain-soaked region nestled in America's upper-left-hand corner. There's a good bit more to the Pacific Northwest,...
What Every Librarian Should Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act
To establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990. Also cited as Public Law 101-336, the ADA is considered...
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