American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 9, October

ALA and the UNESCO Initiative to Combat Child Porn
Some of us learned early. From the time we looked in awe at the magic storybook lady in the kids' corner of the library, to the time we needed one article for our dissertation and couldn't find it anywhere, we learned that the librarians of this world...
Anchorage Library Wants Filters Removed
Anchorage (Alaska) Municipal Libraries Director Moe McGee has asked city administrators to lift filters from the library's computers following their installation on all municipal Internet connections apparently on the orders of Mayor Rick Mystrom and...
Art Appreciation, Texas-Style
In the wake of several tornadoes and other natural disasters that have decimated a number of small-town libraries in recent years, the Texas Library Association has decided to establish a Library Disaster Relief Fund with $25,000 in seed money. The...
Budget Woes Close Vancouver PL for a Week
Cash-strapped Vancouver Public Library in British Columbia closed the doors of its main library and all 20 of the system's branches August 29 for a nine-day hiatus through Labor Day in order to save about $115,000 and deal with a budget shortfall....
Canine Curiosa in William and Mary's Special Collections
THE EARL GREGG SWEM LIBRARY DOCUMENTS THE DOMESTIC DOG Dogs have served apparently as human best friends since remote antiquity. Recent mitochondrial DNA evidence shows that dogs emerged from their wolf ancestors as early as 100,000 B.C., suggesting...
Ceaseless Filtering Flap Calls for One Assertion
We librarians are not about to relent in our efforts to protect free speech. This is something that Laura Schlessinger (AL, June/July, p. 9) and her supporters need to understand. ALA will never endorse Internet filtering that blocks constitutionally...
Commerce Department Proposes Shutting Down NTIS
The Commerce Department has proposed shutting down the National Technical Information Service because its function of reselling government documents "is no longer needed in this day of advanced electronic technology." A statement announcing the...
Customer Service and the "Rule of 1965"
SOME LIBRARIES RETAIN A BIAS THAT KEEPS ATTITUDES STUCK IN THE PAST, NO MATTER HOW MUCH REALITY CHANGES I am rethinking customer service basics in an electronic environment. I begin with the premise that today's failures in customer service are...
Early Sit-In Reenacted at Library 60 Years Later
A group of black men sitting at a library table quietly reading were confronted by men in police uniforms August 21, when a sit-in demonstration that presaged the American Civil Rights movement by some 20 years was reenacted at the Alexandria (Va.)...
Filtering for Dollars
In a September 3 editorial lauding radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger for her ongoing campaign against age-neutral Internet access in libraries (AL, June/July, p. 9-10), the Wall Street Journal cheered that "The ALA notwithstanding . . . local...
Girl Collects 9,000 Books for Destroyed School Library
There will be a school library for the children of Mulhall, Oklahoma, this fall after all, even though a tornado razed their town's elementary school on May 3. That's because an enterprising 4th-grader from Columbia, Maryland, launched a book drive...
Joining Hands with Our Sisters Overseas
If you were to emigrate to another country, where would you go? Thinking logically, wouldn't a place be high on your list where you had family or friends - a place where people would care about you, help you find a job, and orient you to your new surroundings?...
Librarian's Library
Shortcut to Easy Street Receiving grant funding will not put your library on easy street, but it can make a difference in the quality of your library services. Authors Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Doris Meyer, Frank W. Hoffman, and Ann Jerabek reveal their...
Librarians' Salaries: A New Approach
SURVEY RESULTS INDICATE THE SAME LOW INCREASES AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS Since 1982 (annually since 1988) ALA has collected and published in the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries data on salaries paid to librarians in academic and public libraries. There...
Louisiana School Settles Banned Books Lawsuit
A federal lawsuit filed in 1996 by the American Civil Liberties Union over the removal of four books from the West Monroe (La.) High School library was finally settled August 17, when the Ouachita Parish School Board agreed to return the books to the...
Noisome Rumblings
There's, an interesting book that came out in 1993 about the presidents of the past 40 years. Titled Inside the White House, it was written by a former Wall Street Journal correspondent named Ronald Kessler who tells us all the juicy details of our...
Of Portals, Publishers, and Privatization
We've set out to make Yahoo the only place anyone needs to go to get connected to anything. There's nothing in the real world to compare to that. - Timothy Koogle, CEO of Yahoo WILL LIBRARIES BE LEFT IN THE LURCH WHEN PUBLISHERS MARKET DIRECTLY...
Opening the Gates
With the newly restructured Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focused on statewide grants to help libraries offer access to electronic information for low-income patrons, ALA chapters can make use of the opportunity to spread the word about these grants....
Play Misty for Me: Sound-Based Internet Resources
To offer sound-based Internet resources, you need to commit time and energy to staying abreast of these quickly evolving formats - but it's worth it. As Cynthia Hetherington, senior technology librarian at Englewood (N.J.) Public Library, told me,...
Princess of Thailand Opens IFLA Conference in Bangkok
Surrounded by dozens of security guards and photographers, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand presided over the official opening of the 65th annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions...
QUlCK VIDS: VIDEOS ON A TIMELESS TOPIC
Classic Reelism, Part II In the last "QuickVids" (AL, June/July, p. 138), I presented a sampling of works by pioneers of the documentary film. This time around we'll focus on the upstart cinematic progeny of those pioneers. Armed with newly developed...
Sermon from the Stacks
What makes being a librarian fulfilling? Working at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota, I must confess that at the first tender signs of spring I often succumb to a kind of "are-they-gone-yet?" haze. At times like these I wonder what it is about...
Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Ensuring Equity through Advocacy
IT WILL TAKE A COUNTRYSIDE OF VOCAL SUPPORTERS TO ACHIEVE FULL FUNDING FOR LIBRARIES America's libraries are at a critical juncture. In the late 1990s they are experiencing what some call a library "renaissance" new buildings, new technologies,...
Study Finds Major Flaws in San Francisco Main Library
A draft of a study conducted for the San Francisco Public Library Commission has found that the three-year-old main library has already filled its shelf space, has a confusing layout that impedes users, and has a "severely flawed" book return and checkout...
Technically Speaking
Marking Progress, Part Three Last month's installment of the "Marking Progress" series (AL, Sept., p. 94) summarized how a lack of a common computing environment led to the development of the MARC encoding and communications standard for bibliographic...
This Is Not Entirely about Sex
Last summer, I got an e-mail from a 15-year-old in Buenos Aires, Argentina, named Celina Andreassi. She had found me via a Four11/Yahoo People search on her last name, which is my birth name. In eccentric but careful English. she inquired as to how...
Unleash the Power in Alabama: AASL National Conference Preview
A FLOURISH OF FIRSTS WILL HIGHLIGHT AASL'S CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, will welcome the American Association of School Librarians November 10-14 for "Unleash the Power!" the ALA division's ninth national conference...

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