American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, April

ALSC Builds a Future for Children. (the Association's Associations)
Through services, partnerships, awards, and programming, the Association for Library Service to Children strives to build a stronger future for our nation's children and their families by providing broader learning and growth opportunities and by strengthening...
A Vision Returns to Prince Rupert: Old Drawings and Old Dreams May Bring the Canadian Town a Dazzling New Library. (Facilities)
With an annual rainfall topping 90 inches, Prince Rupert is a good place to curl up with a book. The northern British Columbia coastal city of 18,000 is also a good place for dreaming. Born in the early 20th century amid the full frenzy of land speculation...
Bill to Exempt Libraries Form Patriot Act Introduced. (News Fronts Washington)
Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives March 6 aims to rescind the provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow the government to secretly view library and bookstore records without obtaining a probable-cause search warrant. Rep....
Building for the Future: Energy Efficient, Environmently Sound Eugene Public Library in Oregon Represents a Progressive Trend in Facility Design. (Facilities)
Despite a year of massive library cutbacks and closures, library buildings--and public support for them--endure. Built to last, many new constructions, such as the Eugene Public Library (cover and right), incorporate energy-saving technologies and...
Children's-Literacy Project Key for Librarians: Public Library Association Spring Symposium, March 6-8. (Special News Report)
A late-winter snowstorm ended just days before nearly 800 public librarians, trustees, architects, and consultants converged on Chicago for the 2003 Public Library Association (PLA) Spring Symposium, March 6- 8 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, sponsored...
Datebook
ALA EVENTS May 11: ALTA National Library Legislative Day Preconference, Van Scoyoc Conference Center, Washington, D.C. "Introduction to National Library Legislative Day: Why Your Participation Is Important; What to Do and How to Do It." Contact:...
Divine Faces Criminal Charges; Ebsco Moves Ahead. (News Fronts)
A federal grand jury in Chicago has launched a criminal investigation of Divine, the parent company of failed journal subscription agency RoweCom. Some libraries that had lost subscription money through RoweCom began receiving subpoenas for their records...
Filtering Bills Back in Fashion. (Censorship Watch)
Even as the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act (see p. 14), legislators in five states were introducing bills that offered new variations on a years-long quest in some circles to mandate filtered...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM Labour Party Member of Parliament Chris Mole introduced the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill into Parliament March 14, which would allow six UK libraries to look seriously at archiving selected material from some 3 million British Web...
Governor Criticizes Hawaii State Librarian. (Updates)
Several Hawaii state senators called for State Librarian Virginia Lowell's resignation March 4 following a rebuke by Gov. Linda Lingle that said Lowell had a "less than professional approach" in finding ways to cut spending in the statewide library...
Grassroots Report: Collective Action on RoweCom. (Resource Sharing)
Perhaps more than any other professionals, librarians should recognize the value of collective action. When Ben Franklin and friends organized the first subscription library in Philadelphia, their goal was to pooi financial resources to acquire information...
How to Become a Great Public Space: Want to Attract More Users? Fred Kent and Phil Myrick of the Project for Public Spaces Suggest You Look to Your Welcome Mat. (Facilities)
In an exclusive interview for American Libraries, librarian and e-columnist Marylaine Block (www.marylaine.com) talked with Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces, and Phil Myrick, PPS's assistant vice president, about the yin and yang...
Hundreds Protest Florida State Library Move. (News Fronts)
Some 400 librarians, historians, and patrons joined hands and encircled the R. A. Gray building in Tallahassee March 4 to protest Gov. Jeb Bush's proposal to move the circulating collection of the State Library of Florida some 400 miles away to Nova...
Internet Librarian: The Web That Was. (Information Technology)
I just held Woodrow Wilson's Nobel Peace Prize medal in my hand. Quite an experience. I was recently in Washington to give a talk at the Library of Congress, and a friend asked me if I was interested in going down to the Rare Books Room with him to...
Las Vegas Behind the Glitz: University of Nevada at Las Vegas Documents the Rich History of "Sin City"
Las Vegas has long pervaded the American imagination with images of Elvis, showgirls, gambling, and nonstop neon. Its reputation as "Sin City" has attracted millions of tourists in the seven decades since gaming was legalized in Nevada. And, in recent...
Let's Support Equal Pay Day. (President's Message)
When I ran for ALA president, my pledge was to raise the awareness about inadequate library workers' salaries and to work for better salaries and pay equity. Even in tough fiscal times, we must improve library salaries in order to recruit and retain...
Libraries, Publishers Pay for Divine Intervention. (Editorial)
Ever since Divine, the parent company of failed journal subscription agency RoweCom, itself filed for bankruptcy, libraries have been wondering what to do next (see News Fronts, this issue). Some who were able decided to eat their losses and renew...
"Major Leagues" Begins Second Year. (ALA News)
The second year of the "Join the Major Leagues @ your library" program will begin April 24 at Enoch Pratt Free Library and at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Developed by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and ALA, the...
Massachusetts Fights Back over Cuts. (News Fronts)
Elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts, are considering whether to wrest governance of the town's public-library system from the private association that has been in charge of the libraries since their inception in 1857. The deliberations...
Minneapolis Gets New Director, Faces Shortfalls. (News Fronts)
The Minneapolis Public Library board announced February 21 its selection of Katherine "Kit" G. Hadley as the new director of MPL. Hadley, an attorney and veteran state housing administrator, was chosen over librarian and administrator William R. Gordon,...
NY City Librarians Protest Budget Cuts. (News in Brief)
"Stop the Attack on Public Libraries" was the rallying cry February 25-27 when union members representing New York City librarians distributed more than 5,000 informational leaflets outside branches in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn urging the public...
Obituaries
Donald Ackley, 58, longtime librarian and dean of library and media services at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, died February 15 of cancer. He joined the school's faculty in 1971 as a librarian; he later became media librarian, then...
Ohio Libraries Lose State Funding for July. (News Fronts)
Ohio libraries, already suffering from budget restrictions, face further reductions under legislation designed to close a $720-million state deficit. As a result, they expect to receive virtually no state funding in July. The state's funding comes...
On My Mind: Spare-Don't Pare-The Paraprofessionals. (Opinion)
Recently, someone handed me the October 2002 American Libraries and asked me, as a library paraprofessional who works at the reference desk, if I wasn't outraged by Steven McKinzie's opinion piece entitled "For Ethical Reference, Pare the Paraprofessionals"...
Quick Vids: Screening Intimacies. (Collection Development)
Documentary films, like their feature-film cousins, have always reflected and responded to the times as much as influenced them. Not surprisingly, in an age of television-as-confessional, journalism-as-entertainment, and progressively blurring boundaries...
Reader Forum
Letters and Comments Filtering Fans I applaud the article "Filters Work: Get Over It" by Hampton (Skip) Auld (Feb., p. 38-42). I agree totally with what the author said. In my library we had many instances of people accidentally viewing pornography...
Rookie Season-Rookie Rules: You'll Bat One Thousand at the Reference Desk If You Follow This Simple Advice. (Reference)
My rookie season as a reference librarian coincided with the sunny start of baseball one spring. I was as green as the outfield grass and as enthusiastic as a 10-year-old batting cleanup for the first time. On my very first day at the reference...
Santa Fe Police Detain College Library Patron. (News Fronts)
A library visit to St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by a former public defender was abruptly interrupted February 13 when city police officers arrested him about 9 p.m. at the computer terminal he was using, handcuffed him, and brought him...
Supreme Court Hears ALA'S Challenge to CIPA. (News Fronts Washington)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 5 on the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act. The law was overturned last year by a three-judge panel in Philadelphia because it forces public libraries that accept federal funds...
Technically Speaking: Streaming Music @ Your Library. (Information Technology)
It had to happen and it finally did: A company has introduced a streaming service for libraries that delivers music to patrons via the Internet. Called Classical.com, the company rolled out a play list of over 3,100 classical recordings representing...
The Crawford Files: Libraries, E-Books, and Monolithic Solutions. (Technology)
What do library buildings have to do with e-books? More than you might imagine. If you believed the digital gurus of the 1990s, new library buildings--and particularly big ones with lots of stacks--should be as passe as new print books. With everyone...
The Habitat House That Libraries Built: Librarians Emerge from Their Public Spaces to Create a Private Haven for One Family
The idea came out of a day of volunteering to stipple the ceilings of a home under construction by the Flower City Habitat for Humanity (FCHH), the Rochester (N.Y.) Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The experience left me wondering how to get more involved,...
Three-Month Countdown to Toronto. (Annual Conference 2003)
Many ALA conference-goers who ordinarily get some financial support from their home institutions report finding themselves in a bind over the joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference, June 19-25 in Toronto: Travel cash is in short supply, and to make matters...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us. (Opinion)
"Remember, they first tried to pawn off the library on Florida State University, but FSU quite correctly objected that you can't run a library without resources, such as, you know, librarians. The contempt with which that profession has been treated...
Washington State Library Faces Hard Times. (Updates)
A supplemental 2001-2003 state budget approved by the House February 21 spares the Washington State Library from closure to the public as early as April 30. The measure exempts the library from an accelerated schedule of cuts to state agencies anticipated...
Will's World: Update from the Wasteland. (Commentary)
I don't watch much television because, other than the occasional college football game or PBS documentary, there's not much on the tube that really interests me. I've always disliked television for three reasons: I grew up a reader and reading is by...
Woman's Day Writers @ Your Library. (ALA News)
ALA and Woman's Day magazine have doubled the number of libraries participating in the 2003 "Put It in Writing @ your library" program. As a result of sold-out workshops last year (AL, Apr. 2002, p. 11), 15 libraries from coast to coast will host writing...
Working Knowledge. (Professional Development)
Q Our director just announced a hiring freeze to deal with budget cuts. I'm barely keeping up with my own work, and I panic at the thought of taking on even more as people leave or retire. Can you offer any advice to get me through the busy days...
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