American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 8, September

203 Winners! the 1996 ALA Awards
THE YEAR'S BEST LIBRARIANS, LIBRARIES, TRUSTEES, AND ADVOCATES HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY THE ASSOCIATION AND ITS SUPPORTERS Awards for service, vision, commitment, and ambition--203 of them--were presented during the 1996 ALA Annual Conference,...
Card Styles of the Rich and Famous: One Library Discovers a Gold Mine When Celebrities Autograph Old Catalog Cards
ONE LIBRARY DISCOVERS A GOLD MINE WHEN CELEBRITIES AUTOGRAPH OLD CATALOG CARDS Robert Redford wrote "Happiness!" Mike Wallace inscribed "Good luck!" Our library fundraiser, to be held this fall, has received unprecedented support. The...
Chapter Report: Disaster Planning Makes (Dollars and) Sense
As this year's hurricane season waxes and wanes, we've been inspired by the stories of how people pull together after a disaster. But for libraries and other cultural institutions, after may be too late. Some items are simply irreplaceable. And even...
Don't Have a Cow, Man: Bringing the Internet to School Libraries
Girding your loins THE INTERNET ADVOCATE http://silver.ucs.indiana.edu/ ~ lchampel/netadv.htm "First, learn the Internet" is the advice I heard most often from school library media specialists who successfully introduced the Internet into...
From Comics to Comix and Beyond
Talk to anyone about their history as a reader, and you'll undoubtedly uncover one particularly influential childhood bibliographic encounter. Mine was in December 1958, the month my father, for some perverse reason, brought home a MAD Magazine. Here,...
Getting Connected at a Local Level to Benefit the Community: In Successful Public Library Internet Projects, the Common Element Is Training
IN SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET PROJECTS, THE COMMON ELEMENT IS TRAINING During the first cycle of the MCI LibraryLINK project, grant monies have been used to purchase software and hardware and hire consultants; librarians have been encouraged...
Job Opportunities Glitter for Librarians Who Surf the Net
AMIDST THE HYPE OF THE TREASURES OF THE INTERNET LIE MANY JEWELS FOR JOB-HUNTING LIBRARIANS Librarians toting their portfolios can log on to their Internet accounts and reap wealthy rewards via e-mail, Web, telnet, and gopher access. Library professionals...
Librarians as Cyberspace Guerrillas
THE COFOUNDER OF THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION PREDICTS LIBRARIANS WILL BE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE BATTLE TO CONTROL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY John Perry Barlow has emerged as one of the country's most original and provocative thinkers on...
Observations on the North American Library Automation Marketplace
THE SEAMLESSNESS OF WEB-BASED INFO RETRIEVAL IS REFASHIONING AN INDUSTRY AND THE INSTITUTION IT SERVES In the past few years the pace of change in the library marketplace has become positively bewildering. The development of the World Wide Web...
Power and Influence
THE CO-FOUNDER OF NEAL-SCHUMAN PUBLISHERS TALKS ABOUT 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS AND HOW SHE BECAME ONE OF THE LIBRARY PROFESSION'S MOST VISIBLE ACTIVISTS Librarian, publisher, and library advocate par excellence, Patricia Glass Schuman makes things...
Russian Librarians Host Idea Exchange in Vologda
In the turmoil that has followed the 1991 demise of the Soviet Union, Russian librarians have gained unprecedented freedom and have been beset by daunting financial and organizational crises as well. These realities were repeatedly cited during a...
The Challenge of Public Art
A crucifix submerged in a jar of urine, an American flag stuck in a toilet, a photographic essay on human fecal wastes. What do these three things have in common, other than the obvious fact that they are all bathroom-related? If you've been listening...
The State of Censorship
A SURVEY OF CENSORSHIP ISSUES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES SHOWS CAUSE FOR BOTH CHEER AND CONCERN In the Atlanta area, a library director removed the controversial book Fermata without even being asked--in order to prevent a potential protest. Such actions...
Torrential Rains Flood Libraries in Illinois, Pennsylvania
Libraries and their collections fell victim to torrential rains that inundated several states in mid-July. The storms dumped 17 inches of rain in less than a day in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, falling just short of the national record for a 24-hour...
You Never Told Us What to Do When the Roof Leaks: A Professor and Student Take a Tongue-in-Cheek Look at Some Holes in Library Education
A PROFESSOR AND STUDENT TAKE A TONGUE-IN-CHEEK LOOK AT SOME HOLES IN LIBRARY EDUCATION "You never told us what to do when the roof leaks," complained the ex-student. The comment stuck in the professor's psyche. Has library and information science...
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