American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, January

ALA Goal 2000: Planning for the Millennium
Just two months after Elizabeth Martinez assumed her new post as Executive Director of ALA, the Association's Executive Board held its fall meeting. Martinez startled and delighted the board with "ALA Goal 2000," a five year plan to "position the Association...
FOLUSA at 15: A Library Resource Often Untapped
To raise money for their library, the Friends of the Clearwater (Fla.) Public Library hung signs printed with incomplete quotations from well-known American and British writers. Lines such as "There is no frigate like a_____to take us lands away" decorated...
Looking Back
Looking back You'll all have to bear with me one more time. It's January, and that means we Booklist editors have spent the last month or two arguing about better books, best books, and books that were just no damn good. I won some and lost some, like...
Manifest Destiny at Disney World
The term manifest destiny speaks to the mood of some 350 attendees at the fall meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), held Nov. 29--30, 1994, in Orlando, Fla. Made up of librarians and computer specialists in roughly equal parts, CNI...
Referenda Rundown: Library Election Results a Mixed Bag
Generally speaking, libraries fared better than Democrats and incumbents in the Nov. 8 elections around the country. Although some of the largest funding issues went down in defeat, libraries batted somewhat better than .500--not a bad average, given...
School Librarians 'Shape the Vision" with Equal Parts Technology and Books
Given the choice between technology and books, the 3,126 participants who attended "Shape the Vision," the American Association of School Librarians' seventh national conference, Nov. 9-13 in Indianapolis, made their position clear: They will not be...
The Truth about Catalogers
Several months ago I was speaking to a group of librarians in the Midwest, and shortly after I launched into my standup cataloger routine, a woman in the audience raised her hand and said, "I'm really incensed at you." "Which joke didn't you like?"...
Whitewater: An Archival Angle: A Century-Old Precedent for the Charges Aimed at Clintons Can Be Found in an Arkansas Archive
As an archivist and special collections librarian I am sometimes asked, "What is the use of all that old stuff? Isn't it just kept for genealogists and stuffy guys in tweed jackets?" I usually answer with some defensive prattle about such material being...
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