American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 8, September

Conference Call: Gen X Bites Back; Researcher Arthur Young Takes the Heat, as GenXer Steve Casburn Criticizes the Boomer View of Leadership
Many readers were almost ready to shoot the messengers when Arthur Young, Peter Hernon, and Ronald Powell published their research findings in the May issue of American Libraries (p. 33-35). Their survey of the leadership traits valued by academic...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Michael Baker has been named director of the Chicago Public Library's Carter G. Woodson Regional Library. * August 15 Rosann Bazirjian began as university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. * Roslyn Beitler, librarian at Barrett...
Detroit Public Library Usage Fees Take Effect
For 27 years, thanks to Detroit Public Library's grant-supported status as a statewide resource, all Michigan residents could check out its books or use its special collections. That privilege ended August 2, as a result of the state legislature's...
DOJ Rescinds Documents Destruction Order
In an abrupt about-face, the U.S. Department of Justice July 30 withdrew an earlier request that the Government Printing Office order depository libraries to destroy five DOJ publications--resources for prosecutors handling seized assets and forfeiture...
Global Reach
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC President Hipolito Mejia was chased off the University of Santo Domingo campus August 3 by a group of students who threw rocks to protest repeated power blackouts and high gasoline prices. Mejia was inaugurating a new $5.7-million...
Grassroots Report: What Is Your Library Doing for 9/11?
This is the question posed by organizers of the September Project. David Silver, assistant professor of communication at the University of Washington and project director, hopes that the answer involves encouraging community members to focus on issues...
Internet Librarian: Nowhere to Hide
Several years ago I heard Brewster Kahle give a plenary address at a conference of the American Society for Information Science. I knew his work, of course: Back in the very early '90s he developed WAIS--the Wide Area Information Server--which Internet...
Iranian Libraries Rebuild after Massive Quake
The worst earthquake to hit Iran in recent years was the deadly shock of magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale that struck without warning December 26, 2003, in Bam, an ancient city in the southeastern province of Kerman. According to official estimates...
Kansas Librarians Embroiled in CD Flap
Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is defending his decision this spring to refuse some 1,600 music CDs officials believed to contain inappropriate content. Kline nixed the items from a shipment of 51,000 CDs Kansas libraries were entitled to receive...
LITA Is at the Forefront of It All
As the center of expertise about information technology, the Library and Information Technology Association leads in exploring and enabling new technologies to empower libraries. LITA members use the promise of technology to deliver dynamic library...
Montgomery County Receives 20 Book Challenges
A respite from more than three years of challenges to the book selection policies of Montgomery County (Tex.) Memorial Library System (AL, Nov. 2003, p. 17) has ended rather emphatically with the filing of 20 requests for reconsideration--19 since...
Monumental Preservation: A Call to Action; as the Custodians of Culture, Librarians Must Also Save the Mementos of War, Disaster, and Terrorism
Librarians strive to ensure the longevity of cultural heritage materials. Yet we tend to define preservation as the specific actions we take to prolong the useful life of individual objects or entire collections within a particular institution. ...
Obituaries
William Robert Eshelman, 82, president of Scarecrow Press from 1979 to 1986, died August 9 of congestive heart failure. From 1968 to 1978 he was editor of Wilson Library Bulletin; from 1965 to 1968 he served as university librarian and professor of...
On My Mind: Differing Opinions Need Not Apply
At ALA's recent Annual Conference in Orlando--my fourth ALA conference--I decided to attend my first Membership Meeting in order to participate in the discussion on the development of the Association's strategic plan. However, work on the plan was...
President's Message: NEA Report Overlooks Libraries
The theme of this month's issue of American Libraries is digital preservation--a topic that brings to mind the critical role librarians and library workers play in preserving knowledge for future generations. The ability to read one's history is essential...
Quick Vids: Video Lagniappe
lagniappe, n. Chiefly southern Louisiana and Mississippi. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Everyone loves a little lagniappe now and then. Maybe that's one of the reasons we adore DVDs as much as we do. Besides their eye-popping picture quality...
Reading Powers the Mind: Center for the Book Workshop at LC Spotlights Family Literacy
"I would much rather build a library than a prison," said William Woodruff, deputy administrator for the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, D.C. His speech about the value of reading was the inspirational peak...
Straight Answers from John Wood
After being confronted with the human face of poverty while visiting Nepal six years ago, Microsoft executive John Wood was inspired to make a difference. He gave up his career and established a nonprofit organization to provide underprivileged children...
Technically Speaking; E-Books: Round Two
Five years ago might seem like a century to those tracking technology in libraries, but if readers will cast their minds back that far, they will recall great predictions about the future of e-books. These prophecies came not from the fringe, but from...
The Crawford Files: A Middle Ground on Copyright
Libraries rely on copyright. Without copyright to encourage creation and dissemination, you would have fewer available resources. But your ability to lend and preserve depends on balancing public rights: the First Sale Doctrine and ordinary-use rights...
The Profession's Shining Stars: ALA Award Winners, 2004
The American Library Association annually honors its own "Academy Award-winning" stars--those women and men in the library profession who have gone beyond what was expected. They have been recognized by their peers as shining examples of a rare category...
The Seven Deadly Sins of Library Technology: Look Carefully before You Leap into Online Reference Service
As a true academic, I once wrote a book-length report on something I had never done. When I wrote "Establishing and Maintaining Live Online Reference Service" for ALA's Library Technology Reports, July/August 2002, I had neither experience in nor any...
The Thrills of Thrift-Store Librarianship: Literary Gems-As Well as Fun-Lay Hidden amid the Bric-a-Brac
I am certain I am not alone. There must be others like me--librarians who are lovers of thrift stores. In fact, I would like to believe that thrift store habitues represent a higher percentage of our profession than in the general population. Surely,...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states." Illinois State Senator BARACK OBAMA, noting that "red" states traditionally vote Republican and "blue" states Democratic,...
Troubled Mequon Library Loses Another Director
Board members at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Wisconsin, have refused to explain why they voted unanimously to fire Director Robert Hafeman. The vote not to renew Hafeman's contract, which expires September 5, occurred at a...
Virtual Collections Need Real Bucks: Newberry Symposium Addresses Economics of Digitization
Through digitization, the humanities have an economy. We've finally arrived," quipped historian Tobias Higbie at "The Economics of Digitization: Toward Sustainability and Institutional Collaboration," a May 17-18 symposium at the Newberry Library in...
When Pregnancy Is a Library Issue
A pregnant woman must walk several miles to a hospital because she has no transportation and is afraid to ask how to get it. She is an undocumented immigrant. She miscarries for lack of information--information a good public library outreach program...
Will's World: Dishpan Hands Are a Plus
Over the years as city librarian in my community, I experienced a sense of frustration when the results of the city's annual citizen satisfaction survey came back from the consultant. In a sense this survey is our municipal "report card," with departments,...
Working Knowledge: It's Not What You Say, but How You Say It
Q I feel I have a good handle on how to present myself on paper and land job interviews, yet I still don't get job offers. While interviewing isn't my best skill, I think I adequately make the points I need to make. How can I know if I'm somehow sending...

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