American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, January

American Libraries Turns 90
FROM STAID BEGINNINGS TO THE LIVELY ELECTRONIC AGE, 12 EDITORS HAVE BROUGHT THIS ALA MAGAZINE A LONG WAY As Rosary College library school dean Peggy Sullivan pointed out in her celebratory essay on the first 80 years of American Libraries (AL, Jan....
Angry Hawaiian Librarians Denounce B&T Outsourcing
A groundbreaking decision by the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) to cede responsibility for materials selection to book wholesaler Baker & Taylor has provoked a loud outcry from the state's librarians. The unprecedented outsourcing agreement,...
British Libraries Embrace Change Armed with Tradition
ALA is not alone. Library associations span the globe, bringing intelligent life through networking and continuing education to libraries everywhere. So when (British) Library Association President Sandra Parker called me home from the Colonies to attend...
Chapter Report: Continuing Education Today Is Practical and Sexy
ALA chapters face a couple of challenges in providing continuing education for librarians. First, the demand is largely voluntary. Unlike teachers, librarians generally are not required to acquire continuing education units (CEUs) for recertification...
Children's Literature Delegates Meet with South African Colleagues
A delegation of 54 authors, publishers, school and public librarians, and other children's literature specialists met with colleagues in South Africa November 2-16 to discuss strategies for the promotion of reading and family literacy in the changing...
Click in the New Year with Library E-Journals!
On my list of resolutions for this new year is to read more library-oriented electronic journals. These are terrific tools for keeping our brains well-oiled and up to snuff with what's new, current, and forthcoming in library services. (For that matter,...
Librarians' Library
Making Libraries Matter Louis Shores was a library historian and educator, prolific author, founder of ALA's since-renamed Reference Services Division (Reference and User Services Association), editor of Collier's Encyclopedia, and founder of the Library-College...
Lights! Camera! Action!
INTERACTIVE TELEVISION IS RIGHT ON CUE, PROVIDING REFERENCE SERVICES TO MINNESOTA INMATES Picture this: A young woman enters a room and sits down behind a long white counter. A technician begins adjusting cameras, cables, and sound levels. She looks...
New Library School Graduates Must Tend the Spirit
Now that I have graduated from library school, I suppose I should feel prepared to face the challenges of the profession. Instead, I feel that something has been missing from this experience, and I hope to bring to your attention an issue that nibbled...
Paul Evan Peters Dies at Age 48
Paul Evan Peters, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information and member of ALA Council, died suddenly of an asthma attack November 18 while walking on a beach with his wife Rosemarie during a trip to Florida. Heading CNI since he...
Queens Library Fights City over Access to Records
The New York City Comptroller's Office has subpoenaed the records of the Queens Borough Public Library to account for some $8 million in what the office calls a "slush fund." In return, QBPL has gone to court to quash the subpoena and to determine whether...
Quick Bibs: Books on Timely and Timeless Topics
My Reading Year It's best-of-the-year time again, but many of my favorites from 1996 have already been celebrated in previous Quick Bibs. Rather than rehash the splendors of such fine books as Karen Armstrong's Jerusalem, R. W. B. Lewis's The City of...
Telcos Balk at Funding Library E-Rate Alone
Even as library advocates were rejoicing over a preliminary Federal Communications Commission Joint Board recommendation to discount Internet service to libraries and schools via a 20%-90% education (e-)rate (AL, Dec. 1996, p. 11), local telephone companies...
The 15% Solution: Libraries and Learning Disabilities
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND PROGRAMS COMBINE WITH SENSIBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE THE WAY LIBRARIES CHANGE LIVES So, what are learning disabilities? The definition is still "under construction" in some respects, particularly as research teaches us more...
The Association's Associations: AASL Stresses Media Specialists' Vital Role
"Keep the school library media specialist's identity in front of the public and administrators. Recruit the best and brightest for our profession - we need strong leaders. Stress the vital role a school library media specialist can contribute to the...
The Education of Librarians: What Is ALA's Role?
The twenty-first century will place librarians and twentieth-century information specialists - otherwise to be known as Internauts or knowledge navigators - at the center of the digital evolution. The extreme stereotype of the dowdy librarian with hair...
The Future Is Here: America's Libraries Go Digital
ACROSS THE NATION, UNIVERSITIES ARE EMBARKING ON AMBITIOUS PROJECTS TO TRANSFORM THEIR COLLECTIONS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE The Library of Congress's ambitious National Digital Library Program stands at the forefront of efforts to transform traditional print...
The State of the Schools
TODAY'S LIBRARY SCHOOLS ARE CULTIVATING NEW FIELDS AND REAPING A BUMPER CROP OF NEW PROFESSIONALS When was the last time you visited your library school? Last year? Ten years ago? When you graduated? Chances are, you haven't been back since you graduated....
Transforming the Curriculum; Transforming the Profession
A QUARTET OF LIBRARY SCHOOLS OVERHAUL THEIR CURRICULA TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY The role of the librarian of the twenty-first century will bear little resemblance to that of the typical librarian today - on this there is nearly universal...
Users Slam Gale's Review of Revisionist Web Site
After a positive rating was given to the historical revisionist Journal of Historical Review on the CyberHound Web site last summer, a handful of outraged protestors moved Gale Research to rewrite the review twice. At issue is whether Gale's Cyber-Hound...
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