American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, March

2004 Program Tracks
The 2001 ALA Annual Conference introduced the system of thematic tracks, designed to make navigating the world's largest library conference easier. The nine tracks bring together programs from across ALA's divisions, roundtable and committees, so you...
$5.8 Million in Gates Grants Awarded to 18 States
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $5.8 million in challenge grants to state library agencies in 18 states as part of a renewed effort to help public libraries provide free access to computers and the Internet. The Staying Connected grants...
ALA Acronyms
AA-Affiliate Assembly (AASL) AACR-Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules AALL-American Association of Law Libraries AAM-Asian&African Materials (ALCTS) AAMES-Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section (ACRL) AAP-Association of American...
ALA Council: Council Confronts Cuba, Controversy in California
It may have been the mellowing effect of the Southern California sunshine and balmy temperatures, or perhaps you can chalk it up to extensive preconference discussion on ALA Council's online discussion list; but potentially contentious issues that...
ALA Executive Board; Old Issues Revisited but Not Resolved
Meeting in a sunlit room overlooking the San Diego harbor marina, the ALA Executive Board revisited contentious old issues--notably socially responsible investing and campaign procedures for candidates for ALA offices--and faced new ones at its Midwinter...
ALCTS: Planning for the Future
The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) has been engaged in a strategic-planning process since 2000, which has resulted in a statement of division goals through 2005. Adjunct to the strategic plan was the development...
Ashcroft Slams Anti-Patriot Act Bill, Threatens Bush Veto
In a four-page letter sent to congressional leaders January 28, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that pending legislation to scale back the Patriot Act would not only "roll back many of the most important and useful anti-terrorism authorities" of...
Auditorium Speaker Series
Service, Disney Style Saturday, June 26, 9:00 am - 10:30 am Explore world-renowned Disney principles for service excellence and learn how to give the best service possible to your "customers." After you attend this session you will be able to:...
A World beyond the Reservation: A Retired Librarian Helps a Native American Community Build a Library in South Dakota
Some children never leave the reservation, but they can travel the world with a library," said Leatrice "Chick" Big Crow after the June 1, 2002, grand opening of the new SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota....
California Dreamin': Sunny San Diego Attracts 10,762 to Debate Issues, Plan Programs
It's not just all the leaves that are brown, according to keynote speaker Richard Rodriguez, it's most of America, which can no longer be racially reduced to black and white. The old song "California Dreamin'" rang true in many ways for the 10,762...
Celebrate National Library Workers Day
The first National Library Workers Day (NLWD), "Libraries Work Because We Do," will be celebrated April 20 during the annual National Library Week (NLW) observance, April 18-24. The purpose of NLWD, established by an ALA-APA Council resolution adopted...
Chattanooga Revisits Loan Policy for Homeless
An incident involving the revocation of a man's library card because his address is a homeless shelter has prompted the board of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County (Tenn.) Bicentennial Library to revisit how to extend borrowing privileges to area visitors...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Elizabeth O. Bedikian recently retired as head of public services at the New Orleans Public Library, a position she had held for the last 18 years. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Joan M. Benedetti has retired after five years as cataloger at the Los...
Exhibition Events-Welcome to the Stachs!
The Stacks--the 2004 ALA Annual Conference Exhibition Visit over 1600 booths with products and services designed to help you manage the library of the Millennium. The Stacks is the world's largest library exhibition! The Stacks will be located...
General Information
ACCESSIBILITY PAVILION Feed your curiosity about emerging technology and how to use it to serve more people in your community and serve them better. Find out about the latest in voice output and voice input, screen readers, and other "way out there"...
Global Reach
MALTA The Maltese National Commission for UNESCO has produced a CD-ROM that describes the history and holdings of the National Library, founded in Valletta in 1776. Commission members selected the library as the first in a series on national historic...
Grassroots Report: The Challenge of Starting a Rural Library
Looking at New Mexico State Library's tip sheet on developing libraries (www.stlib.state.nm.us/libraryservices/develop/start.html) led me to a conversation with the state's public library consultant, Valerie Nye, on the challenges of providing library...
Husband Kills Lorain PL Staffer in Library Parking Lot
A 62-year-old retired factory worker has been charged with aggravated murder in the January 20 shooting death of Barbara Kallas, 57, a library assistant at the Lorain (Ohio) Public Library. Police say George Kallas left his wife to die in the library's...
Idaho Falls Librarian Resigns under Cloud
The reason Nancy Donahoo gave for her January 9 resignation from the directorship of the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Public Library was her long commute from Pocatello and her desire to spend more time with her family. "I have a 15- and 16-year-old and in...
Internet Librarian: Data, Data Everywhere
Regular readers of these little missives will likely have figured out by now that I'm a geek. Guilty as charged; ask anyone who knows me. I want, though, to elaborate--and to tell you that I work with some pretty substantial geeks as well. A burden...
Jacksonville Mayor Freezes Public Library Jobs
City officials expect a hiring freeze, ordered by Mayor John Peyton January 16 on all management and top-level positions at Jacksonville (Fla.) Public Library, to end in mid-March after a review of the library budget. "We were told [by the administration]...
Libraries Opt into Illinois Books-for-Kids Plan
Officials from the Illinois Library Association met with representatives of Gov. Rod Blagojevich January 30 to clarify how libraries could best support the governor's proposal to supply one book per month to every Illinois child from birth until age...
Nourishment from Stone Soup: Maintaining Small Community Libraries Can Be a Labor of Love for Local Residents
Every community--no matter how small, how remote, or how disadvantaged--needs a library, and every community can enhance the quality of life of its residents by establishing and supporting the local library. Librarians would never dispute these statements,...
Nunavut: Talk about Remote! Books and Computers Ease the Struggle for Inuit Communities in Canada's Arctic
Imagine living in a place so remote that an airplane is the only available transportation to the next town, a place so rural that your plane is delayed because caribou have to be shooed off the gravel landing strip. The Canadian territory of Nunavut...
Obituaries
Ruth French Carnovsky, 95, professor at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School from 1954 to 1971, died in November. She also served as a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo from 1953 to 1954, associate professor at the University...
OCLC Releases Review of Global Library Issues
The nonprofit library services organization OCLC recently published a report to its membership, The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition, described as "a comprehensive review of global issues surrounding research, learning, and community...
On My Mind: Sanctuary in Libraries
One of the reasons I love using both public and academic libraries is that I feel safe in them. I don't just mean safe from bodily harm; I mean safe to pursue my thoughts wherever they lead me. In medieval times, churches offered sanctuary to fugitives...
Orlando-Area Attractions
Discount Attraction Information All tickets are non-refundable. The Deadline for ticket purchase is June 4, 2004. PCS is unable to contact individuals upon receipt of order; no confirmations will be faxed or mailed. Please keep a copy of your...
President's Message: Reaching out to the Underserved
Outreach through library services to our nation's most underserved communities remains a challenge for many of us. Yet there are some shining examples of efforts that provide valuable guideposts for addressing this issue. In an effort to strengthen...
President, Treasurer Candidates Air Views at Midwinter Forum; a Myriad of Issues Are Addressed in Hour-Long Annual Event
Candidates for 2004-2005 ALA president and treasurer presented their views and took questions from the audience at the January 12 forum at the Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Some 130 people attended. To supplement the official and unedited candidates'...
Registration Information
WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR REGISTRATION? Included in your registration is the following: --The Opening General Session --President's Program --All meetings and educational programs --Entrance to "The Stacks," the World's #1 Library Tradeshow...
Sex Manuals Arouse Anger
"The Marple Library is the porn capital of Delaware and Chester counties," declared patron Jack Whoriskey January 13 at a meeting of some 75 Delaware County, Pennsylvania--area residents who gathered to brainstorm what to do about the library's seven...
Small Libraries, Big Ideas: Successful Rural Libraries Demonstrate That Good Things Come in Small Packages
Rural libraries and their urban and suburban counterparts are in different places, not on different planets. Clearly, they face different challenges. But small is not the same as less. Being small cuts both ways--there are disadvantages, but there...
Statement by Barbara Stripling, Candidate for ALA President
I have long been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's call to action: "You must be the change you want to see in the world." I accepted the nomination for the ALA presidency as my call to action. We, who work in libraries, fulfill a public trust by creating...
Statement by Erika Linke, Candidate for ALA Treasurer
If elected treasurer of ALA, I will put my experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to the work of the Association and will provide strong financial leadership and support. I will be committed to increasing the transparency of the organization in financial...
Statement by Michael Gorman, Candidate for ALA President
I accepted the nomination for the position of vice-president/president-elect of the American Library Association because I believe I have the skills, experience, and commitment to be an effective advocate for our shared values and a leader who can...
Statement by Teri R. Switzer, Candidate for ALA Treasurer
I am an educator, a researcher, an activist, and an advocate. I am a librarian. These roles are all strengthened by my ALA involvement and, in turn, by the Association's commitment to enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. ALA...
Strength in Numbers! Tribal Librarians Serving Native Americans Find Common Ground in Uncommon Places
Since the era of library associations began with the founding of the American Library Association back in 1876, librarians working in similar areas of expertise or interest have found ways to share, network, and affiliate through various informal and...
Technically Speaking: Dorman's Last Roundup
Partnerships to expand functionality, product differentiation to create a market advantage, and the emergence of data-mining software were the grand themes of the Exhibit Hall at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Metasearch services, while still...
That's Nice, but What Do You Do?
"It's so frustrating," a colleague said recently, "that people can't get past the stereotype." She was complaining about a reporter who began an interview with old cliches about whispering and shushing. I think I convinced her that the best way...
The Crawford Files: On Dragonflies, Teens, and Technology
Some say the Dragonfly Project is all about technology. Others say it really isn't about technology at all. Either way you look at it, the Dragon-fly Project--the 2003 winner of the ALA Marshall Cavendish Award (AL, Sept. 2003, p. 62)--shows the best...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"I have to admit, I've always thought of the library as a dinosaur. They just have old stuff, stuff you'd never want to check out unless you're doing a book report, right? I couldn't have been more wrong .... I'm naming the Denver Public Library the...
Tours
American Library Association Optional Tours To enhance your enjoyment of Orlando, the Orlando Local Committee and ALA have arranged with Premier Convention Services (PCS) to offer these customized tours. Please use the registration form on page...
Travel & Accomodations
AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS--GENERAL INFORMATION ITS is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. To reach the Travel Desk,...
Will's World: Meeting the (Basic) Needs of End Users
In a recent edition of Inc. magazine, there's a fascinating profile of Ted Turner, the man who built an entertainment empire, invented and implemented the concept of the 24-hour international news channel, won the America's Cup, transformed the mediocre...
Working Knowledge: Family Planning: Home, Career, or Both?
Q I have worked as a librarian for six years and will soon give birth to my first child. I love my job and always figured I would continue working after I have children, but as my due date approaches I am considering other options, like continuing...