American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 6, June

Choosing to Have a Future
We can transform ourselves and the profession, or be swept away by a technological torrent. Are we the last generation of a profession being swept away by the rising tide of technology? Does the proliferation of electronic information require a...
Crime in New Orleans
The crime rate is up in New Orleans, site of this year's ALA Annual Conference, but don't panic: We're talking fictional crime here. (Even so, take off that silly badge and ditch that Baker & Taylor shopping bag before you start guzzling Hurricanes...
From Totalitarianism to Democracy: Russian Libraries in Transition
While enduring economic shock therapy, Russians are returning to their libraries en masse. An insider explains. Within the last year, reality has not only refuted even the most pessimistic forecasts for public confidence in Russia's 115,000 libraries...
Librarians' Lagniappe: The Historic New Orleans Collection
A happy hybrid of library and museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection serves up primary sources with Big Easy grace. Lagniappe--giving patrons a little something extra--was a long-standing custom among New Orleans merchants, and befitting of...
Librarians Praise LC Partnership at Congressional Hearing
Timed to coincide with National Library Week and Legislative Day, a special hearing on the Library of Congress and its link to the nation's state and local libraries was held by the Joint Congressional Committee on the Library Apr. 21. ALA's Washington...
You Say Conference and I Say Convention
Many years ago as a reference librarian working the night shift at the Hammond (Ind.) Public Library, just an oil slick east of Chicago, I asked my director, the late great Mr. Ed Hayward, for time off to attend the annual convention of the American...
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