American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 9, October

A Global View from Istanbul, Where East Meets West Head-On; Delegates at IFLA's 61st Conference Tackle Issues of Free Expression, Diplomacy, and the Worldwide Explosion of Electronic Communication and Publishing
"My strength is that I am not alone in this big world," wrote Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. "The world and its people are no secret in my heart, no mystery in my science. " Now generally acknowledged as Turkey's greatest modern poet, Hikmet died in exile...
A Revamped John Cotton Dana PR Award Turns 50; a Library Tradition Is Streamlined to Make It More Meaningful for Its Next Half-Century
The John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards are beginning their 50th year by trimming down and getting a new name. The public relations section of ALA's Library Administration and Management Association and the H. W. Wilson Company have updated...
As Public Library Circ Falls, Spending Keeps Pace with Inflation
For the second consecutive year, public library circulation showed a modest decline in 1994, while the rate of increase in expenditures leveled off to keep pace with inflation. The 1994 Index of American Public Library Circulation was 106, a 3% decrease...
Back to Principles
Recently, I read The Death of Common Sense by Philip Howard (Random House, 1994). A New York attorney, Howard argues that too much government is suffocating America. (Any wonder why it's a best-seller?) "Before American law became the world's thickest...
Booksellers, Librarians Celebrate African Literature at ZIBF'95
More than 200 exhibitors representing some 400 publishers assembled in the capital city of Harare July 28-Aug. 5 for the 12th annual Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF). ZIBF'95, the premier publishing-trade rights event on the African subcontinent...
Five Steps to a Home Page on the World Wide Web
A home page sitting on an individual Internet account can be a low-cost entry point for providing an attractive, personalized menu that staff and public can access either at the library or at home, with links to Internet and local resources. You won't...
Food Lit
I once had a professor who argued persuasively that if a novel - D. H. Lawrence's "bright book of life" - was to be any good, it had to be about sex. Currently I have a colleague, a Lawrence buff as it happens, who contends that a novelist who ignores...
From Babylon to Liberspace
WITH PLAYFUL IRONY THAT BROUGHT IFLA AUDIENCES TO THEIR FEET IN ISTANBUL, A TURKISH-AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL WARNS OF DOUBLE-EDGED SWORDS IN CYBERSPACE It was in the twenty-first century B.C. that the first library emerged - a collection of clay tablets...
Gilding Our Coffers through Guilt
The truth is, I'm not a very good driver. Not only have I been an active participant in several vehicular collisions (including one involving a library van), but I've also become accustomed to the sight of the red light of a police car flashing in my...
Intellectual Property Group Unveils Report; ALA Has Misgivings
The federal government's Working Group on Intellectual Property, formed to assess the protection of intellectual property in a digital age and to recommend changes to the Copyright Act, released its long-awaited report, titled Intellectual Property and...
LC Security Flaws Prompt Federal Probes
As the Library of Congress continues to investigate the mutilation of books in its general collections (AL, Sept., p. 749), the library itself is being investigated over its handling of the matter. The external investigation follows charges by the library...
Librarian's Library
Getting Out the Vote Of the library referenda held between 1986 and 1994 to finance capital improvements for public libraries, 77% passed. To make sure your referendum is successful, read Winning Library Referenda Campaigns, by Richard B. Hall. No....
Librarians' Salaries: Better Increases Once Again
Between April 1994 and April 1995, the average salary for librarians increased 4.85% - a higher percentage hike than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the June 1995 Monthly Labor Review. According...
N.J. State Librarian Fired after Budget-Cut Battle
In a move that showed signs of political retribution, New Jersey State Librarian Louise Minervino was dismissed Aug. 18 following her refusal to throw her support behind a proposed $1.5-million cut to the budget of the New Jersey Library Network, a statewide...
Short-Range Planning for Turbulent Times; in an Era of Rapid Change, More Responsive Techniques Must Replace Traditional Methods
Long-range planning has become, an oxymoron. Evermore-rapid changes in areas ranging from technology to Congress are changing libraries in ways that make the concept of planning for the long-term next to impossible. It's not just us. Think of business...
Technically Speaking
A few words of introduction: Why did I get (willingly) roped into writing American Libraries' new technology column? One of my favorite aspects of librarianship is learning about what's new in the field. So what better excuse to spend lots of time keeping...
The Incredible Vanishing Library; in Their Rush to Embrace the New Technologies, Librarians and Users Are Unwittingly Undermining the Institution of the Library
IN THEIR RUSH TO EMBRACE THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, LIBRARIANS AND USERS ARE UNWITTINGLY UNDERMINING THE INSTITUTION OF THE LIBRARY Is the library a cable company? Is the online catalog a scholarly version of the Home Shopping Network or pay-per-view? Such...
Transforming Library Service in the New South Africa
Being a public librarian in a transforming society is an extraordinary experience, but not without its problems. On the very first day of the biannual conference of the Library and Information Workers' Organization (LIWO), held July 20-21 in Pietermaritzburg,...
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