American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 11, December

12 Ways Libraries Ae Good for the Country
1 ...INFORM CITIZENS Democracy and libraries have a symbiotic relationship. It would be impossible to have one without the other. Democracy vests supreme power in the people. Libraries make democracy work by providing access to information so that...
American Library to Bring Literacy and Literature to Albania
Only now emerging from 45 years of communist rule, Pogradec, Albania, will launch the new year with its own Free American Public Library and Learning Center. inside the building one hears the sounds of English spoken by 73-year-old Albanian-American...
A Passion for Programming
"We could put on our own show," an astonishingly young Mickey Rooney gushed innocently to ingenue Judy Garland's delight in one of a succession of wide-eyed World War II-era musicals. And gleefully "the kids" did, pulling together an impossibly Broadway-caliber...
Denver's New MLS Program a Good Sign for Library Ed
Almost a decade after the University of Denver (DU) became one of the first in a rash of institutions to close its ALA-accredited library school, library education has returned to the campus. Directed by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, a completely revamped...
Deselection and the Classics
I wandered into my local library recently and was pleased to note, plastered on a column, a poster featuring the characters from the recent movie adaptation of Little Women. "Read a classic," the poster advised. Wise counsel, indeed--seeing a classic...
Dumb and Dumber: The Sequel
With gratitude to the befuddled library users whose foibles can bring us so much mirth, here's the second installment wacky patron stones and offbeat reference questions sent in by "real-world" reference librarians from all over the U.S. and Canada:...
Family Friendly in Cincinnati?
"YOU'RE GOING WHERE?" was the comment I most often heard from friends and colleagues after deciding to attend the "Family Friendly Libraries" conference in Cincinnati, Oct. 21 (AL, Nov., p. 983-984). After shaking their heads in amazement, they then...
Libraries, the Internet, and Innovation
Not long before she died, my Grandma Jennie proudly introduced me to her own new recipe: gefilte chicken, a dish modeled on gefilte fish. It was delicious--smooth, lightly seasoned ovals of incredibly delicate texture, poached and then cooled in rich...
Majority Vote Not Enough to Bail out Ventura Libraries
Even though a majority of voters in three Ventura County, California, communities voted for property-tax levies to fund their public libraries Nov. 7, none of the measures received the two-thirds margin necessary to pass tax initiatives in the state....
More Than a List of Good Books: ALA's Booklist at 90
American Libraries: How did you get to be editor of Booklist? Bill Ott: I always had in the back of my mind this sort of romantic notion about publishing--mostly acquired from novels like Youngblood Hawke--but I had no idea what publishing was. It was...
Nurturing a Baby's Love of Learning
Research proves that the most significant activity a parent can engage in with newborn babies, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is reading aloud to them. The cozy comfort of a parent's voice and arms, the rhyme and rhythm of language, and the recognition...
NYPL Exhibit on Human Rights Piques President of China
The New York Public Library played a leading role in the three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in October. But it only got to play half the role that the White House had planned when the unexpected reaction of a foreign...
President Clinton Leads Mourning for Library Advocate Bessie Moore
"Bessie Moore was extraordinary in every way--in her intellect and energy, in her creativity and compassion, in her friendship and spirit," said President Bill Clinton upon learning of the death of educator, civic leader, and fellow Arkansan Bessie Boehm...
Products for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The 1990s have seen the development of many new graphics-based computer products. However, those among us who are blind or visually impaired must rely on the conversion of printed or computer-generated text to voice or braille to make print information...
Runing the Rack
George Plimpton once observed that the quality of sports writing is inversely proportional to the size of the ball. Thus, baseball and golf inspire superb writing, while football and basketball make a more difficult transition to the printed page. if...
Superintendent's Book Tax Nixed by School Board
The Seattle School Board announce Nov. 11 that a proposal for a special tax earmarked for the purchase of library books will not appear on the ballot next February. The school district's legal analysts determined that Washington state law would not permit...

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