American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1-2, January-February

A Trio of Opportunities: President's Program to Feature Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
In 2006 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below." During ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Denver, attendees will have a special...
Copyright or Copy Wrong? Indigenous Populations Require Nontraditional Legal Protection for Their Traditional Cultural Expression
It doesn't take long before dinner conversation about "traditional cultural expression" turns into a debate over the effectiveness of copyright law. That's what happened November 12 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, B.C., when Wend Wendland of the...
Dad Foils Plan for School "Librateria"
A Washington State parent has convinced officials of the Federal Way (Wash.) Public Schools that students who will attend a school still on the drawing board will benefit from a dedicated space for a media center that is separate from the lunchroom....
Dear President Obama
As you become the 44th president of the United States of America, probably the last thing you need is more people telling you what they want you to do for them. From the Headquarters of the American Library Association in Chicago, it looks to me as...
Denver Dishes: A Dining Guide to the Mile High City
Denver's restaurant scene is much like the city itself--friendly, forward-thinking, and fun-loving. And, in a city where the likable two-term mayor founded downtown's first brewpub, eating and drinking well rank up there with spending time outdoors....
From Awareness to Funding: An Insider Shares Lessons Learned When Public Awareness Fell Short in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Public Library and the suburban Hennepin County Library made history last January when they merged, creating a single system serving 1.1 million with a collection of more than 5 million items. The unprecedented measure, which required the...
General Information
Conference Location Due to the size of the ALA Annual Conference, the event takes place in a convention center and several hotels. For the 2009 Annual Conference, the exhibits, keynote speakers, and meetings and programs will be held at the new...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM 1 Between 1997 and 2003, Iranian scholar Farhad Hakimzadeh cut out pages from more than 150 rare books at the British Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library in order to replace missing or damaged pages in copies that he...
Goming @ Your Library: The Universal Appeal and Educational Value of Games Transcend Barriers of Age
Playing games in today's public and school libraries is a profoundly social experience for library patrons both young and old. Age is no longer an indicator of interest, aptitude, or expertise. In fact, with videogames the younger the player the greater...
Harvard Law Professor Challenges Anti-Piracy Statute
A Harvard law school professor has taken on the defense of a 24-year-old Boston University graduate student who is challenging the constitutionality of a lawsuit filed against him by the Recording Industry Association of America. The suit seeks thousands...
Hotel Information
HOTEL INFORMATION Hotel Single/Double Triple/Quad 1 Hilton (Headquarter) - H, $173/$193 $213/$233 BC, IN (WI/FI, HS), SA, F, IP, RS 2 Sheraton (Co-Headquarter) - $199/$199 $229/$259 H, BC, IN...
How the World Sees Us
"A kind, quiet woman with cocoa skin and soft eyes, Emma seems familiar and accessible, like a neighborhood librarian who helps you find the right book. ..." Journalist KELLIE MURPHY describing a woman with HIV in a cover story, "Facing the Facts:...
I Love My Librarian
More than 3,200 individual library users nationwide nominated a librarian for the inaugural Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times "I Love My Librarian" Award, to show their appreciation for the services library professionals offer their communities,...
Leading the Way, Globally: What Leaders Have Taught Me about International Librarianship
As I write this, I'm overlooking Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. I'm on my third visit to work with Armenian libraries as a U.S. Department of State library speaker/specialist. My library development trips to Armenia, combined with similar visits...
Librarian's Library: Do the Right Thing
Many of the decisions librarians make every day--what resources to provide, what policies to develop and implement, where to find funding, even what hours to be open--have an ethical dimension. In Library-Ethics, Jean Preer examines how our values...
Libraries Nix Dissed Christmas Displays
In separate incidents, the holiday-spirit sensibilities of library patrons have trumped tradition at the Oberlin (Ohio) Public Library and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The first library heeded public comment by removing an edgy...
Library Champions: American Library Association Would like to Thank Its 2008-2009
In the late 1990s, twenty-one companies partnered with ALA to launch the Library Champions program. This innovative program allowed companies to actively support and convey the value of library-and librarianship advocacy in the 21st century. Today,...
Nashville Mayor Wants City Library to Enfold Media Centers
Officials of the Metro Nashville Public Schools were taken aback by a press conference Mayor Karl Dean held November 20 at Nashville Public Library's East branch, at which he announced that the city library would begin taking over the operation of...
Newsmaker: Richard Gottlieb
Richard Gottlieb's USA Toy Experts is a provider of business-development services to the toy industry. He combines an MBA in global management with 35 years of consumer products experience to help toy manufacturers large and small increase their market...
Philadelphia Still on Track for Branch Closings
Despite an outpouring of public concern and a cautionary note from city council, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter seemed unwavering in his November decision (AL, Dec, p. 22) to permanently close 11 out of the 54 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia...
Popularity Shuts Down Europeana; 10 Million Hourly Hits Strain Site
Be careful what you wish for: You just might get it. That's what happened to Europeana, an online project of the European Union. Launched November 20, the much-hyped free digital library of Europe's cultural heritage crashed the next day, overwhelmed...
Registration & Housing Information
Join ALA and Save! Non-members and former members of ALA are invited to join the association to receive both the member registration discount as well as ongoing benefits to your career and professional knowledge that come from membership. First,...
Selling a New Technology: Tips for Securing Buy-In at Your Library
I'm sure you've heard this story before; maybe it's even happened to you. A librarian comes back from a conference all excited about a new technology she learned about. She thinks it would be a perfect fit for her library and presents her idea to her...
Solutions and Services
Tameran Graphic Systems offers book scanners from book2net, an international alliance of scanning providers. The scanner is available in the standard or the XL model, which is equipped with a book cradle controlled by an auto-pressure adjustment to...
Streep Set to Play Dewey Librarian
Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is reportedly slated to star in the big-screen adaptation of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Streep would portray Spencer (Iowa) Public Library Director Vicki Myron, who wrote the bestseller,...
Testing the Web 2.0 Waters: Get Your Feet Wet with Tools to Help You Network, Organize Digital Photos, and Manage Bookmarks and Blogs
It's pretty difficult to avoid all the commotion about Web 2.0 nowadays. It seems to always be on the news, in magazines, and featured at conferences. So you've been meaning to start playing around with this stuff, but you've been busy. You're certainly...
The Association's Associations: AASL
EQUIPPING STUDENTS WITH 21ST-CENTURY SKILLS The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national association for school library media specialists. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders...
The Association's Associations: ACRL
NATIONAL CONFERENCE GOES GREEN The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is going green in 2009. The division's 14th national conference, to be held March 12-15 in Seattle, will showcase a wide range of eco-friendly practices. ...
The Mile-High City Awaits: A Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Authors, and the Year's Best Youth Media Awards Highlight Conference Agenda
An anticipated 10,000-plus attendees, including exhibitors, authors, and guests, are expected to be on hand at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) and at several area hotels for ALA's Midwinter Meeting January 23-38 in Denver. The headquarters hotel...
The Patron as Raconteur: Cell-Phone Users Prove That We Are All Storytellers
Last year when I retired from my day job, I moved to Livermore, California, to be close to my children and grandchildren. Livermore is about 30 miles east of Oakland. I looked at a number of cities and towns in the East Bay area, but chose Liver-more...
Travel Information
General Information Experient is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. Remember you must be registered for the Annual Conference...
We Are What We Search: What Our Search Terms Reveal about US
I am not a packrat (despite what you might have heard). I do admit to saving things--selected things--against the day they might come in handy. Synchronicity struck the other day when I ran across an old article I'd saved that perfectly fit my topic...
When Reading Rules: Library Power Fuels the Obama Girls' New School
In the course of its more than 100-year history, the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. has had its share of high-profile learners. Chelsea Clinton has been among its more recent graduates. A roster of writers who've attended ranges from Ann...
Working in Beta: Libraryweb Labs Let Users Shape Service
Innovation in libraries can be slow and hidden. "Something libraries have not been great at historically is experimenting in public," Ken Varnum, web systems manager at the University of Michigan Libraries, told American Libraries, noting the urge...
WorldCat Policy Revision Draws Librarians' Ire
OCLC's proposed "Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records," released November 2 and revised November 5 and 19, was greeted with a host of critical blog postings and two online petitions opposing it. Among the provisions that disturbed commentators...
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