American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 8, September

1995 ALA Award Winners
The ALA/Mecklermedia Library of the Future Award: John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota The Borchert Map Library has demonstrated that libraries can manage the intersection of print and electronic data in a constructive and imaginative...
ALA Treasurer's Report: Current Budget Is Not Status Quo
ALA is a vibrant and dynamic member-driven organization and a powerful voice for libraries, librarians, and library users worldwide. It is fiscally sound, debt-free, and has many resources, the greatest of which are its members, who provide thousands...
California's Funding Patchwork Intensifies Library Instability
"We're such a big state and such a patchwork of funding situations," said California Library Association President Mary Jo Levy when American Libraries asked her to comment on the general financial shape of libraries in a state devastated by three years...
Congress Is of Two Minds on Internet Censorship
The stage is set for a clash over Internet censorship when Congress returns from its summer recess this month. Shortly before adjourning Aug. 4 the House approved by 420 to 4 the "Internet Freedom and Family Empowerment" amendment to the telecommunications...
Don't Just Serve People with Disabilities - Hire Them
I'm one of those people who, instead of having an inner child, has an inner curmudgeon grumbling to be let out. Therefore, all the discussion among librarians regarding library service to the disabled has led me to quietly kvetch about the lack of discussion--or...
Fears of Filth Foster Filtering Follies
Several new software products have recently hit the market promising to filter the contents of the Internet to--they claim--make it palatable for "families," "children," and "personal use." These programs help "monitor ...children's access to the Internet"...
Five New Laws of Librarianship
More than 60 years ago, the great Indian librarian S.R. Ranganathan published his Five Laws of Library Science. These brief statements remain as valid--in substance if not in expression--today as when they were promulgated. Ranganathan's Five Laws are:...
Library Closes Due to Legionnaires' Disease
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham closed its library Aug. 3 after learning that one of its librarians had died of Legionnaires' disease. Patricia Keys Cole Haith, an NCCU librarian for 23 years, died July 31 after being diagnosed with...
One the Line for the First Amendment
Looking back, what would you say was the biggest threat to intellectual freedom that you have encountered? The biggest threat that we have not only faced in the past, but that we face today and I presume we'll face tomorrow, is ourselves. And this threat...
Reinventing the ALA Annual Conference
There is broad interest among ALA members in reinventing the ALA Annual Conference so that Tit can continue to be a vital and exciting experience. From the numerous recommendations for change that have been made, several common themes have emerged. ...
Slackers in the Stacks
A long long time ago (1971) in a defunct library school (Denver), a now-dead cataloging professor said to . me, "Manley, from the very first day of class, when you showed a complete inability to distinguish between the uses of a comma and a colon, I...
The Only Covers Are on the Books
Among all the many libraries in the United States, one is truly different from all others. Not because of its size--which is tiny--or its location. What makes it unique is that its holdings are entirely devoted to the topic of social nudism, with staff...
Understanding the New Office for Information Technology Policy
Two months is not a long time to establish a new office, define its place within ALA, prepare for a physical move, set up a local area network, and set out an agenda for the future. Nevertheless, Director of the Office for Information Technology Policy...
Untangling the Web at the Exhibits
The exhibits floor at this year's-ALA Annual Conference, held June 22-28 in Chicago, had an unmistakable theme: the rush of vendors to offer their products and services on the World Wide Web (WWW or just "the Web"). Everywhere I turned I saw old products...

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