American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 10, November

1996-1997 Worst Serials Title Changes of the Year
The ALCTS Serials Section's Worst Serials Title Change of the Year Award Committee announced the winners (though some might say losers) of this year's tongue-in-cheek awards at Annual Conference in San Francisco. The awards serve both to amuse technical...
African-American Fiction: A Slamming Genre
WHETHER INTEGRATED WITH OTHER BOOKS OR SHELVED IN A SPECIAL SECTION, BLACK FICTION HOLDS ITS OWN Since the 1970s, African-American novels have slammed, slid, infiltrated, and blended into the mainstream shelves of libraries. Once submerged in general...
County Library Nixes Community Displays
Less than a year after a Gay and Lesbian History Month exhibit at the Hernando County (Fla.) Library System set off a flurry of debate in the community (AL, Nov. 1996, p. 14), Library Services Director Laurel Solomon announced a written policy stating...
Ethnic Populations: A Model for Statewide Service
COLORADO LIBRARIANS ARE ON THE ROAD TO ACTION WITH A PLAN TO INCREASE PUBLIC, ACADEMIC, AND SCHOOL LIBRARY USE IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES Like it or not, the library is often perceived as an institutional symbol of the white middle class. Yet, one of our...
Expanding Internationally - OCLC Gears Up
AN OVERVIEW OF HOW THIS MAJOR BIBLIOGRAPHIC UTILITY HAS BEEN MAKING ITS GLOBAL PRESENCE KNOWN In 1994, Andrew Wang, director of the Asian Pacific Services at OCLC, and Hwa-Wei Lee, dean of libraries at Ohio University, were invited to attend an international...
House Holds Hearings on Cyberspace Copyright
The House Judiciary Committee's Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee held two days of hearings in September on proposed legislation intended to protect copyright in cyberspace. ALA was among the voices offering testimony on H.R. 2281, the administration's...
Internet Policies: Managing in the Real World
LET'S GET REAL: WHEN IT COMES TO INTERNET ACCESS IN LIBRARIES, THERE IS NO FOOLPROOF SOLUTION PARENTAL ADVISORY: This is not a conclusive study of Internet filtering, but the F-word will appear in the text. I started speaking to library groups about...
Learning Diversity over the Internet
My editor warned me not to make this too schmaltzy, but he needn't have worried. Within minutes after I put out an online call for examples of how the Internet promotes diversity, George Porter, a librarian at the California Institute of Technology,...
Library Head Resigns, Saying Board Undercut Him
Nine months after taking the directorship at Brighton (Mich.) Area District Library, David Pauli created a local media frenzy by becoming the fourth director in five years to leave the library helm there - and the 19th worker out of a staff of 37 to...
Long-Awaited British Library to Begin Gradual Opening
The Humanities Reading Room of the new British Library at St. Pancras is scheduled to open November 24, beginning what is expected to be a gradual process that will culminate in a "Royal Opening" sometime next year, probably in June. The total move will...
Mentoring on My Mind: It Takes a Family to Graduate a Minority Library Professional
How does it feel to leave your family - your only support system - behind, perhaps for the first time, to go after your dream of a graduate degree, then to walk into class and be the only student of color in the room? Most people will never know how...
Not Just Chicken Feed
An evolving partnership between Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurants and the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Library may well change the philanthropic pecking order for GCL outreach to children. Noting that the Chick-fil-A chain is "really into community partnering,"...
NYPL Launches $500-Million Fundraising Campaign
In what is said to be the largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by an American cultural institution, the New York Public Library has launched a drive to raise $500 million to take the institution into the next century. The half-billion will finance...
Oxford Modernizes the Ancient
AUTOMATION, DIGITIZATION, AND REORGANIZATION ARE ALL INVOLVED IN REVAMPING LIBRARY SERVICES AT THE VENERABLE BRITISH UNIVERSITY Ancient Oxford University took a giant leap into the technological age this past April when its main library, the Bodleian,...
Para Servirle: At Your Service
AT SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY, GOOD SERVICE BEGINS BY GIVING LATINO CUSTOMERS WHAT THEY ASK FOR I like this library, but it needs more books!" What a wonderful thing to read - a love for libraries and a desire for more books to read. It's even more...
Pornography? Not in Our Library!
Remember the pre-Internet days? We built collections and developed procedures for easy and efficient dissemination and retrieval. In the forefront of our procedures manuals were our Materials Selection Policies, which outlined the scope and depth of...
Quick Vids: Videos on a Timeless Topic
Language Lessons In my undergraduate anthropology days, I happened to take a course from a flamingly eccentric, emeritus expert in animal ethology. As I recall, the majority of my work for this course was undertaken on my knees, attempting to divine...
Using Public Libraries: What Makes a Difference?
A NEW SURVEY MEASURES LIBRARY USE BY THE PRESENCE OF CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND THE ETHNICITY OF THE FAMILY For many years, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has produced summary statistics about education in the United States by...
Web Tubes for Libraries
Does it take a computer to access the Web? It used to, but no longer. Sensing an opportunity, Steve Perlman, formerly of Atari and Apple Computer, developed an enhanced TV image for Internet access and formed a company with his friend Bruce Leak to market...
What Does It Take to Manage ALA
In 1972, as I was settling into my office as newly appointed ALA Executive Director, I discovered under the desk pad what appeared to be notes for a speech written by David H. Clift, my predecessor. It said: "ALA is the largest library association in...

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