American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 10, November

Arson Guts Spokane Middle School Library
An arson during the early-morning hours of September 8 has gutted the library of the Spokane (Wash.) Public Schools' Sacajawea Middle School and destroyed its entire collection--except for 100 books in the media center and others that were checked...
Cooking Up Culture: The Best Way to Get Patrons to the Library May Be through Their Stomachs
There are only a few things in life that quickly create a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among strangers. One of them is an everyday event called eating. Whether it's a group of parishioners at a church potluck or coworkers sitting down around...
Court Affirms Worship Ban
A federal appeals court ruled September 20 that government libraries can bar religious groups from holding worship services in public meeting rooms. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 2-1 to overturn a May 23 district court...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
August 21 Douglas A. Bicknese joined the National Archives and Records Aministration-Great Lakes Region in Chicago as regional archives director. * November 6 Jill Bourne becomes San Francisco Public Library's deputy city librarian. * Robert Burger...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
CHAPTER CONFERENCES Nov. 9-10: Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, Marriott Hotel, Williamsburg. "Read, Think, Speak: The Power of Libraries." www.vla.org. Nov. 9-12: Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, Hammons Convention...
EPA Allegedly Plans to Reduce Access to Online Publications
According to internal e-mails obtained by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national alliance of federal and state environmental-resource professionals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to remove from...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM The British Library called for a clarification of copyright law September 25 to specifically include digital content and take technological advances into account. As a champion of fair use, the library intends to moderate the debate...
Grassroots Report: Service Learning Sustains Hope
Jails and prisons, they're really about confinement. Libraries are the opposite," believes Michele Besant, librarian at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and project staff advisor to the Jail Library Group, a service-learning project at the university's...
Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2006: 24 Libraries Make Their Top 100 Debuts
Naperville (Ill.) and North Canton (Ohio) Public Libraries repeated this year as the top-ranked libraries in their population categories, while Santa Clara County (Calif.) Library makes its return to the top after slipping to second last year. In their...
Historic Gathering Draws Hundreds to Dallas: First Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
The seed was planted in 1998 and blossomed into what Steering Committee Co-Chair Kenneth A. Yamashita, division manager at the Stockton-San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library, described as "the Emerald City at the end of a multicolored brick road."...
Internet Librarian: Libraries in a Time of Plenty
Don't be misled by the title of this month's column. I don't have a new crystal ball or a magical version of Google that can tell the future (though how far away can such a screenplay be?); if I did, I'd use it first to see when the Mariners might...
Jackson Board Signs Contract with LSSI
After a sometimes contentious meeting October 4, trustees of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) Library signed a management contract with Maryland-based firm Library Systems and Services, commonly known as LSSI (AL, Oct., p. 9). The company's services...
Map Thief Gets Three-and-a-Half Years
A federal judge in New Haven, Connecticut, sentenced convicted map thief E. Forbes Smiley III to 42 months in prison September 27, despite requests from victimized libraries for a much sterner punishment. Smiley, a Massachusetts map dealer who has...
Mel Gibson Posters Stay Put in Schaumburg
The Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library board voted unanimously September 19 to allow three Mel Gibson posters to remain displayed in the library. In August, a library patron had requested the removal of an American Library Association Read...
On My Mind: Are We Creating Dissident Librarians?
Is ALA creating dissident librarians by becoming too politicized? Two recent events prompt me to ask this question. First, I was recently appointed as a representative to the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, which led me to review the ALA Code...
Orphan Works and DOPA Actions Postponed
Two controversial issues remain unresolved as Congress takes its fall recess: orphan works--copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or impossible to find--and the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA). Both bills are now shelved, but will likely...
Out to Pasture
In October, the highways north from Chicago to Wisconsin are lined with fields and trees yielding their bounty and turning brilliant shades of red, brown, orange, and yellow. On my way to do a program at Marathon County Public Library, I stopped at...
Profanity Propels Two Books from Texas
Officials of the Columbia-Brazoria (Tex.) Independent School District have removed two books from the West Brazos Junior High library in Brazoria following two unrelated complaints within a month's time. Assistant Superintendent Martha Buckner told...
Public Library Circulation and Expenditures Increase in 2005: Spending Up 5.1% in Annual Survey
The Index of American Public Library Circulation grew by 1.8% to 114 in 2005, while the index of expenditures grew by 5.1% to 124. Additionally, the index of expenditures in constant-year 2000 dollars grew by 0.9% to 109. A total of 199 libraries,...
Report Confirms Need for Continued Diversity Efforts
The results of a national study of gender, race, and age in the library profession were released October 12 during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Dallas (see p. 21). The purpose of the Diversity Counts study, conducted by ALA's ORS...
Report: Public Libraries Thrive as Tech Hubs
A national report released September 26 reveals that 99% of all U.S. public libraries provide free public access to computers wired to the internet, compared to 25% 10 years ago. Librarians overwhelmingly (71%) report that the most important impact...
Retired and Inspired: After Leaving Their Jobs, These Librarians Find Themselves Busier-And Happier-Than Ever
The renowned musician Pablo Casals, who composed and conducted well into his 90s, said that "To retire is to die." He must not have known many librarians. When American Libraries sent out a request for retired librarians to tell us how they're spending...
RUSA Offers Help for Retirees
Baby Boomers are thinking about retirement, and librarians need to be thinking about how to provide quality library services for them. Members of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) are ready to serve retirees and can help you with the...
Sorting Things Out: Behind-the-Scenes Cataloging at the Dewey Division of the Library of Congress
I want to make something clear from the start: I never intended to become a cataloging teacher. At my first academic position at the University of Nebraska, my department chair made it clear that someone had to teach cataloging and there were no...
"Step Up to the Plate" Winners Chosen
12-year-old Joseph Kuykend-all of Andover, Massachusetts, is the grand-prize winner of the "Step Up to the Plate @ your library" program developed by ALA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He was chosen September 25 at a Minnesota Twins...
Straight Answers from Jim Fruchterman
Jim Fruchterman is having a good year. As CEO of the nonprofit Benetech Initiative, which creates "technological solutions that serve humanity," Fruchterman saw his 2002 start-up, Bookshare.org, fortify its status as the world's largest library of...
Technically Speaking: Giving Homegrown Software Its Due
Something rather exciting happened this fall in the world of the integrated library system. (That's somethin' coming from me, eh?) After considering giving it a brief announcement in the "Quick Clicks" section (on p. 51), or a slightly longer treatment...
Teens Arrested in California School Library Arson
Three young adults suspected of setting fires that burned down the San Lorenzo Valley High School library in Felton, California, were arrested September 19. The teens told investigators they had been drinking at a party before they went to the school...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"They don't teach witchcraft in library school." Opening sentence from the romantic fantasy novel The Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Red Dress Ink, 2006) by MINDY KLASKY, about a librarian who begins reciting magical spells after her salary is cut by...
Transforming Leadership
"Leaders grow, they are not made." Peter F. Drucker, from the foreword to The Leader of the Future, 1996 As I write this month's column, volunteers are busy sorting through the more than 340 applications that have been received for the first Emerging...
Will's World: A Time (off) for Every Season
My workplace, like many, offers one day of sick leave per month. That means that you can be sick up to 12 days per year. I'm not sure what the national average for sickness per employee is, but I've always felt that offering one day of sick leave per...
Wisconsin Joins Google Library Project
The University of Wisconsin at Madison has become the eighth library to join Google's project to digitize books and provide access to their contents through its search engine. The agreement, announced October 12, will initially focus on public-domain...
Working Knowledge: Taking the Lead
Several years ago, I spotted a poster containing only words. Each phrase represented a group of some kind: gaggle of geese, pod of whales, and others even more obscure and amusing. I do not know if there is such a phrase for a collection of leaders,...
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