American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 6, June-July

A Glimpse at the Future of Online Conferences: HigherEd BlogCon, April 2006
Conferences are an excellent way to keep up with new developments and to network with other librarians who are making a difference in the profession. Conference goers often come back to their libraries bursting with big ideas about how to apply the...
ALA Executive Board: Growth-Oriented Budget Will Boost Member Services
At its spring meeting, held April 7-9 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, the ALA Executive Board approved a budget that Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels characterized as committed to growing the Association incluing member services and satisfaction...
American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2005-2006 Library Champions
The American Library Association (ALA) is the voice of America's libraries, and our voice has been strengthened by the investments of ALA's core group of corporate supporters, the Library Champions. Over the years, corporate leaders have increasingly...
Beignets and Bistros: A Diner's Tour of the French Quarter
My family lives within walking distance of the French Quarter. Since Hurricane Katrina we have been eating out more often. We justify it by saying we are doing our part to keep our economy going. But probably the real reason is that after three months...
Building Stronger Bridges: Technology Provides New Avenues for Closing the Continuing-Education Gap for Students, Staff, and Faculty
Many library managers are tired of constant reminders about the need for organizational change. Their spoken and unspoken responses to such entreaties is that "we have been engaged in organizational change right along--don't bother me." [ILLUSTRATION...
Burger Seeks Emerging Leaders
Did your boss or your colleague just hand you this article? "This sounds like you," she said. "You are young and new to the profession and are eager to get involved." Is it true that you could be an emerging leader? Then ALA President-Elect Leslie...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
The H.W. Wilson Company has selected Raymond W. Barber to edit the Senior High School Library Catalog and handle publisher relations for the Standard Catalog series, * Shirley Barron recently joined the Dennis (Mass.) Public Library as library director....
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
ALA COURSES July 10-Aug. 4: ALCTS online course: "Fundamentals of Acquisitions." Also runs Aug. 28-Sept. 22 and Oct. 16-Nov. 10. Julie Reese, 312-280-5034, jreese@ala.org; www.ala.org/alcts/events. July 17-Aug. 5: ACRL online seminar: "All Users...
Education Is What ASCLA Does
Members of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) work in state library agencies and multitype library cooperatives, provide services to special populations, and work as independent consultants. Although they hold a...
Families Are Ready for Prime Time: An Innovative Project Combines Storytime Programs and Issue-Oriented Discussions to Instill a Love of Reading
Who's smarter? Boys or girls? Asians or Latinos? After reading Lon Po Po by Ed Young in a Prime Time program in Stockton, California, the largely Latino group of participants were asked to compare the story with Little Red Riding Hood and to choose...
First Lady's Hurricane Fund Makes First School Library Grants
Hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast school libraries will receive $500,000 in grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries to help them rebuild, the First Lady announced May 3. Seven public and private schools in Louisiana and three in...
Grassroots Report: The Art of Repurposing Icons
Daily, I enter the University of Iowa's Main Library on my way to my third-floor office. Once I pass the circ desk and the signage warning me not to brandish nonsanctioned beverage containers (no Styrofoam cups, no coffee mugs), I have found myself...
Gwinnett Board Chair Resigns over Director Hearing
A testy exchange between two patrons and Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library Executive Director Jo Ann Pinder on March 17 led to trustees calling a special hearing to decide whether to discipline Pinder. However, two days before the April 17 hearing...
Hosting It Huge in Houston: Texas Library Association Annual Conference
Asked what distinguishes Texas Library Association conferences from other ALA chapter gatherings, some would say local flavor, others would say the preponderance of books, still others would say it's the exuberance of TLA Executive Director Patricia...
House Committee Challenges Smithsonian-Showtime Deal
The House Appropriations Committee cut the Smithsonian Institution's budget by $15 million May 10 and demanded further information on the controversial deal between the museum and the Showtime Networks cable channels to create television programming...
Information Science: Not Just for Boys Anymore; the Move Away from "The L-Word" May Be Promoting Gender Equality in the Profession
Is information science still library science for boys? When current ALA President Michael Gorman, in a 1990 American Libraries article, passed along a colleague's insight that "Information science is librarianship practiced by men" (AL, May 1990, p....
Internet Librarian: The Next 2.0
General Motors may be in trouble today, but in 1939 the automaker understood the future. GM even said so, on buttons given to people leaving its Futurama exhibit (not to be confused with the all-too-short-lived animated series) at the New York World's...
Julie Andrews and Library Education
For the rest of my life now, whenever the dog bites or the bee stings, I can remember sitting down with one of the all-time great entertainers ever, Julie Andrews, and chatting about books, children, and libraries. In a career's worth of interviews...
Library Input Urged in LC Cataloging Changes
In a May 12 statement, the ALA Executive Board urged the Library of Congress to engage in more deliberation and to increase library-community involvement in decision-making in the wake of its April 20 announcement that it would cease performing series...
Media Specialists More Likely Than Teachers to Have Master's Degrees
According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, highly qualified teachers must have both a bachelor's degree and full state certification or licensure, as well as prove that they know each subject they teach. Two ways that teachers can demonstrate...
National Library Legislative Day: Advocates Carry Library Message to the Hill
After a full day of preparation, 525 library advocates representing 47 states headed for Capitol Hill May 2, National Library Legislative Day in Washington D.C., armed with messages of gratitude and caution for Congress--gratitude for LSTA dollars...
Obituaries
Henriette Avram, 86, who retired from the Library of Congress in 1992 after 26 years of service, and is credited with the development and implementation of the first machine-readable catalogue (MARC), died April 22. Avram was the recipient of the highest...
OCLC and RLG Plan to Combine Operations
Following a series of discussions that took place over the past year, two of the largest membership-based, nonprofit library cooperative groups in North America announced May 3 an agreement to merge. Pending an approval vote of two-thirds of its 150...
Officials Drop Harassment Claim against Ohio State Librarian
Ohio State University officials have found no evidence that a librarian at the school's Mansfield campus engaged in harassment when he suggested four bestselling conservative books be added to the freshman reading list. OSU-Mansfield Dean and Director...
On My Mind: Life Isn't Fair
No one will tell you life is fair, especially not a librarian. Every year we are told about inadequate funding and library closings. Yet we still hope that there is a place for us somewhere--or we hope there's hope. Newly graduated and eager to finally...
Quick Bibs: Friends of Elwood P
You don't see many lovable drinkers in contemporary fiction, perhaps because contemporary authors are wary of being labeled enablers. It wasn't always that way. In literature and in life, booze used to be something that helped us put our demons to...
Rebuilding the Big Easy: Hundreds of Attendees to Aid in the Recovery of New Orleans during 130th Annual Conference
Librarians, library support staff, vendors, and guests will be armed with economic and muscle power June 22-28, when thousands converge on New Orleans for the American Library Association Annual Conference at the Morial Convention Center (MCC)--the...
Roy Wins Presidency; Dues Increase Passes
Loriene Roy, professor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information, has been elected 2007-2008 ALA president, the first Native American to be elected to the top ALA office. Roy received 8,898 of the total 13,600 votes cast for president...
Straight Answers from Michael White
For every resident of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina changed everything. But for clarinetist Michael White, the floods. destroyed 30 years of collecting when they swept over his personal library of materials related to the city's musical and cultural...
Technically Speaking: Delivering Content to a Moving Target
Last month, I went for a quick spin around the block with some new gadgets. Most librarians I talk to mention that their libraries have a "gadget person"--the one who's up on all the latest offerings and usually owns one or two. You can even pick out...
The Crux of Our Crisis: We Must Pinpoint What Every New Librarian Must Learn, Lest We Lose Our Professional Way
Library and information science education is undergoing tremendous intellectual ferment, as is librarianship itself. Libraries are feeling the effects of the growth of information technology and changing methods of scholarly communication, as the volume...
Those Lost Liberties May Be Your Own
Library service is all about the free flow of information and recorded knowledge. Libraries are institutions dedicated to the idea that a well-informed and knowledgeable citizenry is an essential component of a fully functioning democracy. We know,...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"Disconcertingly, your proposal places a greater value on the lives of those who earn more than those who earn less. An ill-paid nurse or librarian would serve on a jury, but a tobacco lobbyist or PGA star would not." "The Ethicist" columnist RANDY...
Why Survival Is Not Enough: The MLS Won't Thrive until Our Professional Programs Priortize Values over Vocation
The prospects of the library school continue to generate discussion, a debate that has not changed much in decades. The library profession has focused on school closings, a trend that might end only when the discipline of library and information science...
Will's World: A Library Conference with Heart
The American Library Association is a caring and compassionate professional organization. That's because its members are caring and compassionate people. In addition to being information professionals, librarians often pinch-hit on the job as educators,...
Working Knowledge: Calling All Transplanted Librarians
There are legions of librarians whose original careers were in fields such as education and law. Conversely, are there professions to which librarians can comfortably migrate that are not library-based? I am not speaking of librarians working in...