American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, April

Abandoning Overseas Fellowships Is Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
The USIA-funded, ALA-administered Library Fellows program all but died at the Midwinter Meeting in Washington (see p. 6, 73). Certainly the funding base as we knew it is dead, and that's a shame. There were probably no more efficiently utilized and wisely...
ALA's Midwinter Return to Washington
FLEXING ITS POLITICAL MUSCLE, THE ASSOCIATION MEETS IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS In the wake of the expansion of its Washington Office and recent legislative victories, ALA returned to Washington, D.C., for the first time...
A Midwinter for the Books
"Change is fine. You first." It's a meaningful quote, even if it is borrowed from a popular cartoon character. U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley used it in his President's Program speech at ALA Midwinter (p. 66+). It's not always easy for...
A Natural Cultural Partnership: Libraries, Museums, and Government
THE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AN D LIBRARY SERVICES TALKS ABOUT SHARED PROBLEMS & OPPORTUNITIES The creation by Congress of the Institute for Museum and Library Services last year (AL, Nov. 1996, p. 11) brings a new set of questions...
Applauding Excellence in Design: The 1997 AIA/ALA Building Awards
WINNING BUILDINGS INCLUDE NEW FACILITIES, ONE CONVERSION, AND TWO RENOVATIONS One major characteristic shared by this year's winners of the Library Buildings Award Program is the application of bold architectural solutions to the challenges of planning...
CDA Suit Strategies and Funding Draw Board's Focus
ALA's challenge to the Communications Decency Act (AL, Aug. 1996, p. 11) - legal strategies and the suit's funding-was the focus of much attention from the ALA Executive Board during its three Midwinter Meeting sessions in Washington. When it announced...
Chapter Report: Leader of the PACs
To many librarians, PACs - or political action committees - are the stuff of special interests, smacking of influence-peddling and vote-buying. James Stewart, chair of the Texas Library Political Action Committee (TLPAC), says that getting librarians...
Executive Director Issues Dominate First Council Session
ALA's governing Council devoted its entire first session at Midwinter Meeting in Washington to issues surrounding the Association's executive director. Reflecting Council's concern over the issue, the touchy topic of the compensation paid Executive...
Forum in Ciudad Juarez Fosters International Exchange
MEXICO: Ciudad Juarez, just across the U.S. border at El Paso, was the setting for the seventh Foro Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas, or Transborder Library Forum, February 20-22. "Foro," as its organizers dub it, has grown from its humble beginnings as...
From Church to Library: A Lesson in Conversion
A LIBRARY DIRECTOR TELLS HOW DEDICATED CITIZENS IN A NEW YORK TOWN UNITED TO TURN AN ABANDONED CHURCH INTO A CENTER FOR "COMMUNITY MEMORY" The 900 residents of the rural upstate New York community of New Woodstock took their library into their own hands...
Guerrilla Librarians
Most practicing librarians look back on their library school days as an unpleasant but obligatory rite of passage that had to be suffered through in order to obtain the necessary credentials awarding them the privilege of pursuing a career in a profession...
Internet 2: A Clean, Well-Lighted Network
The bad news is the same as the good news: Every day more and more people are connecting to the Internet. According to January 1997 estimates, there are 57 million Internet users worldwide, with more than 700 million users projected by 2000. We advocates...
It Came from the Sea: The Chronicle of a Library Move
REPLACING THE LIBRARY GIVES A WASHINGTON COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE A BUILDING IN A MOST UNUSUAL WAY. "We'll take the old Belfair library. Just put it on a barge and float it to Hoodsport." That was the running joke Hoodsport Library Supervisor...
Konigsburg, Wisniewski Books Win Newberry, Caldecott Medals
Winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals, considered the most prestigious achievement awards for children's literature, were announced at a February 17 Midwinter Meeting press conference sponsored by ALA's Association for Library Service to Children....
Libraries Nationwide Pressured to Install Internet Filters
A rash of challenges to unexpurgated Internet service at public libraries is sweeping the nation, resulting in the installation of filtering software in several libraries and pledges from others to monitor patrons' Web access. But one month after Boston...
Money Matters
The Business of Literacy Libraries across the country are doing their best to cash in on increasing national concern about literacy by pursuing supplemental outreach funding. * Los Angeles Public Library was particularly successful in early February,...
New Developments Shake Up Midwinter Exhibits
Not since the 1995 ALA Annual Conference, when the World Wide Web hit the library marketplace like a whirlwind, have ALA exhibits displayed such dramatic trends and product developments in library automation. Among the most visible of these developments...
Retraining the Profession, or, over the Hill at 40
SOME OBSERVATIONS ON TECHNOLOGICAL OBSOLESCENCE IN LIBRARIES, OFFERING NEW HOPE FOR THE OLDER LEARNER In a recent conversation with a colleague, the subject of older librarians came up. As an administrator he was concerned about growing resentment toward...
Storage Is Where You Find It
CYBERSPACE MAY OFFER VIRTUAL ACRES OF ROOM, BUT RESEARCH LIBRARIES LIKE THOSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STILL CRAM TO HOUSE THE MATERIAL WORLD At the very center of the University of Missouri/Columbia, Ellis Library is bursting its bindings. The...
The Flood of '97 Wreaks Havoc on Ohio River Valley Libraries
The extraordinary surge of the Ohio River and its tributaries in the first two weeks of March shut down entire towns, caused multiple millions of dollars in damage, and left at least 26 dead in a four-state area. With three major exceptions, and one...
What's in a Name?
On my first day of library school, in my first class, the first statement out of the professor's mouth was: "If you're here because you love books, you're in the wrong place." I almost didn't make it to my second class. When did librarians acquire...

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