American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 11, December

Access in the Arctic: Library Service in the Northwest Territories
Imagine a job as community services librarian for a subarctic area one-third the size of Canada. Deloris Booker never anticipated that working as a librarian would entail arctic winter camping. But during Booker's three-year tenure as community...
Conservative Groups Continue Their Fight to Ban Daddy's Roommate
Is the controversial children's book "gay-positive" or "anti-family"? Many Americans see the results of the November election as a sign of a more progressive political climate in Washington; however, a decidedly different atmosphere prevails in...
Justify My Purchase: To Buy Madonna's Sex or Not
Sex is at the top of virtually every bestseller list. Warner Books' publicity machine has made it the most talked-about book of the year, with 150,000 copies sold upon release Oct. 21. So why would any library not purchase pop music idol Madonna's...
"Like Fingers Entwined": Connecting at AASL in Baltimore
School librarians face challenges, choices, and change while maintaining their firm connection to the magic of reading. School librarians and authors are to each other "like hands holding, fingers entwined," said author Virginia Hamilton at the...
The USS George Washington: State of the Art in Seagoing Libraries
Today an online catalog; tomorrow a stem-to-stern fiber optic network for the navy's newest supercarrier. Twenty-seven stories of haze grey steel. A crew of six thousand. Eighty aircraft. Capable of cruising a million miles without refueling. The...
'Tis the Season
'Tis the season all right. The season to be fighting off frenzied shoppers in crowded malls, deciding which feuding family members to invite to holiday dinners, and running weary credit cards into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, media types are solemnly...
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