American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 4, April

ALA Midwinter Meeting Exhibits: Most Technologically Significant Ever
ALa's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia delivered impressive technology from a number of vendors whose online public access catalogs (OPACs) now feature graphical user interfaces GUIs) and public access to the Internet/World Wide Web (WWW). This means...
Attack of the Puppet Managers
Picture this: A young children's librarian who is six months out of library school comes into my office for her half-year probationary review. If she passes the review she becomes a permanent member of the staff; if she flunks she's gone. Even now as...
Board Edits Anticensorship from Library Bill of Rights
According to the library board chair, it's nothing more than editing for clarity, but protestors view it as paving the way for censorship. The issue is the Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library board of trustees' decision to remove language from ALA's...
Design with Technological Functionality: The 1995 AIA/ALA Building Awards
If there is any common theme to this year's winners of the biennial Library Buildings Award Program it is excellence in design combined with functionality, with particular attention to integrating technology into the way people use libraries. The six...
Ga. State Libn. Post Eliminated; N.Y. State Librarian's Job at Risk
State education departments in two states are downsizing, and that activity is proving hazardous to state libraries. Joe B. Forsee, director of the Georgia Division of Public Library Services (DPLS), was informed Feb. 9 that his job had been eliminated...
Library Director to Leave over Financial Differences
The good news: The mudslides that overwhelmed some northern California communities in mid-March did not cause any physical-plant damage to any of Sonoma County Library's 13 facilities. The bad news: That fact is one of the few pieces of good news the...
Midwinter Sets New Record - 8,560 Attend Philadelphia Meeting
A LA's Midwinter Meeting, held Feb. 3-9 in Philadelphia, drew a record 8,560 participants, including 5,752 paid registrants and some 2,808 exhibitors and guests. The Pennsylvania Convention Center venue also provided the perfect launching pad for "Americans...
Philadelphia's Flaming Russet Library and Other Spectacular Facilities
The landmark University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Library, narrowly rescued from the wrecking ball, recently underwent a $16.5-million renovation. The splendid results--shown in photos on this and the next page--testify to the adaptability of great architecture....
See You in C-U-B-A
The title of this column comes from an Irving Berlin ditty that typifies the sunny, sybaritic image of Cuba in the American popular imagination in the years before mid-century ("where dark-eyed Stellas light their feller's panatellas . . ."). This view...
Shake-Ups at Top Are Healthy Say Ameritech, Geac Execs
Charles Farley has resigned as general manager of Geac's U.S. Library Division. Paul Sybrowsky has stepped down as president of Ameritech Library Services, and Thomas Quarton has taken his place. But what do these major changes at library information...
The Tale of the Terribly High-Tech Library Building
Designing an architecturally advanced and technologically superior library building can often be fraught with unexpected peril. Librarians who innocently imagine that they need only worry about space utilization and traffic patterns may wish, in hindsight,...
Welcome to Jurassic Library
"Welcome to Jurassic Library," says the smiling caretaker to yet another group of junior high school students embarked on that grand educational investigation popularly known as the field trip. Pointing toward the innards of her dusty domain, the caretaker...
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