American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, March

Afghanistan Reports Reveal Devastated Libraries. (News Fronts)
Recent reports from National Public Radio, Reuters, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), and other sources paint an abysmal picture of libraries in Afghanistan, where the Taliban regime has left the nation's cultural and literary heritage in shambles....
Aide Says She Was Fired for Wearing a Cross. (News Fronts)
Former Logan County (Ky.) Public Library circulation and interlibrary-loan aide Kimberly Draper filed suit February 1 in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky, charging that Director Linda Kompanik fired her in April 2001 for continuing to...
ALA Acronyms. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
AA-Affiliate Assembly (AASL) AACR-Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules AAM-Asian & African Materials (ALCTS) AAMES-Asian, African & Middle Eastern Section (ACRL) AAP-Assn. of American Publishers AASL-American Assn. of School Librarians...
ALA Council: Actions Pave the Way to Advocacy for Librarians as Well as Libraries. (Biannual Report)
At the Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans, ALA's governing Council approved bylaws for a separate allied professional association to offer postgraduate specialty certification, to advocate for pay equity, and to address other issues related to the professional...
ALA Executive Board: Move to Establish Independent Accrediting Agency Loses Momentum. (Quaterly Report)
The ALA Executive Board began the first of its three sessions at the Association's Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans, January 18, 21, and 23, with a report (EBD#8.3) from Susan K. Martin and Sally G. Reed for the External Accreditation Task Force, which...
ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
EVENT: ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash VENUE: Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom Sunday, 9:00 p.m. - Midnight ALA Welcomes the Indigo Girls! Long before Joan Osborne, Sheryl Crow, Liz Phair or Courtney Love ever splashed across the American...
American Library Association Tour Information. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
All ticket prices include transportation, guide if applicable, ticket, taxes and gratuity. Tours include meals only where noted in the description. All tours have a limited capacity. Pre-registration is advised because decisions to cancel low-enrollment...
Bush Budget Boosts Librarian Recruitment, Kills NCLIS. (News Fronts Washington)
The Bush administration's fiscal-year 2003 budget, released February 4, includes $210.7 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, $181.7 million of which is for the office of Library Services. The amount for libraries is $13 million...
Censorship Watch. (News Fronts)
Scary Stories Stay Put The superintendent of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, school district agreed with the recommendation of a materials review committee to retain Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Lew Finch's decision was in response...
CIPA and Antiterrorism Legislation: What They Mean for America's Libraries. (President's Message)
Beginning March 25, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will hear the case of the American Library Association and nine other plaintiffs versus the U.S. Department of Justice on the matter of the...
Conference Highlights. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
[Welcome] ALA President John W. Berry and the Atlanta Local Arrangements Committee welcome you to the City of Atlanta! They are excited to present you with an educational week of programs, events and functions to enhance and further your career...
Datebook
ALA CHAPTER CONFERENCES March 26-28: Tennessee Library Association, Nashville Convention Center/Renaissance Hotel. Contact: TLA, 615-297-8316; e-mail betty.nance@dlu.edu; Web site toltec.lib.utk.edu/-tla/02conf.html. April 3-5: Kansas Tri-Conference...
Division President's Programs. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
ALTA President's Program Board Effectiveness: Assuring a Gung Ho Team Saturday 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Library boards and directors work together to make the library responsive to community needs. Librarians working with governing and advisory boards...
Dorm Housing in Atlanta. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
DEADLINE MAY 1, 2002 If you are looking for a more economical housing alternative, ALA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the University Village at Georgia State University. This is dorm housing, so it doesn't have the amenities of a hotel,...
Educators Focus on Recruitment at ALISE Conference. (Special Report)
Like their counterparts in the field, library school faculty face a myriad of challenges, from adapting to new technologies to dealing with fiscal constraints. At the forefront of these concerns for both librarians and educators is the recruitment...
General Information. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
ATLANTA LOCAL COMMITTEE Be sure to stop by the Local Information Booth, located in the ALA Registration Area, to say thanks to the Local Committee Members who worked diligently to make your visit to Atlanta enjoyable. ALA AWARDS CEREMONY All...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM The Women's Library reopened in London February 1 in a renovated 1846 building redesigned by architects Wright and Wright. The collection, which contains the archives of the British Suffragette movement, had been housed since 1977...
Grassroots Report: From the Greek to the Spanish-Speaking. (News Fronts)
Reforma--the professional membership organization that supports library services to the Spanish-speaking--has taken the lead in developing a mentoring program that works. Begun in 2000, the outstanding model that bridges geography and utilizes technology...
In Defense of Book Burning. (Will's World)
If you want to make a strong statement about something, it's hard to find a stronger image to use than fire. When God revealed himself to Moses, he did so as a burning bush. When Jesus attempted to describe the pain of hell, he conjured up a terrifying...
Internet Librarian; the Patriot Act: Last Refuge of a Scoundrel. (Information Technology)
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," Samuel Johnson First of all, I'm a hawk. I believe we should be in Afghanistan, I'd like to see bin Laden oh, say, six feet under, and behind my bifocals, this middle-aged veteran cheers her colleagues...
KKK Video Not Up to Par, Say N.C. Libraries. (News Fronts)
All four of the North Carolina libraries that received a videotape from local units of the Arkansas-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan group in January have declined to add it to their collections. The major reason given for its rejection was its poor...
Let Them Eat Crumbs: UCITA Act II, Scene 3. (News Fronts Washington)
As the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) enters its third year of legislative life (AL, Apr. 2001, p. 18), it is hard to know if 2002 will witness the climax of this legal drama or whether it will simply be another installment in...
Library Patron Assaulted in Denver Children's Room. (News Fronts)
A 22-year-old Denver Public Library patron was stabbed while browsing in the central library's children's section the afternoon of January 15. Bea Ibberson was approached from behind by a man who put a hand over her mouth and held a knife to her throat....
MARTA Welcomes the American Library Association. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
YOUR TICKET TO UNLIMITED RIDES All throughout the city, MARTA is your link to most of your destinations, Your pass does it all! Your MARTA Visitors' Pass allows unlimited discounted system-wide riding. Modern, safe trains run between 5:00 am and...
New Orleans Midwinter Meeting Marks the Beginning of Two ALAs: Move to Establish Allied Professional Association Tops Agenda of Hearings, Forums, Planning, Budgeting. (Midwinter Meeting)
In a move fraught with risks and unknowns, the American Library Association's governing Council cleared the way for splitting the organization into two separate parts during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans, January 18-23, by approving bylaws...
NLW 2002 Celebrates "@ Your Library." (News Fronts ALA)
The umbrella theme for the 2002 observance of National Library Week, April 14-20, is "@ your library" in keeping with the trademarked tagline of ALA's five-year Campaign for America's Libraries--the national public education initiative about the values...
Obituaries
Robert L. Balliot, 70, who retired in 1995 as library director at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania, died January 21. He also served as director of the library at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, from 1970...
Other Programs, Events and Functions. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
AFL Saturday, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm AFL FOLUSA Author! Author! FOLUSA's Annual Author Luncheon Featuring well-known and popular authors Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins) William Diehl (Random House), Ann Ross (Penguin Putnam), and Robert Pinsky...
People
Currents Paul Arrigo is the new head of Lartz Memorial Library at Pennsylvania State University/Shenango in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He had been reference coordinator and government documents and electronic services librarian for the Wash-burn University...
Petition Candidates Seek Council Spots. (News Fronts ALA)
In addition to the candidates for ALA Council listed in the December AL (p. 6-8), 29 individuals have petitioned to be included on the ballot. Four previously listed candidates have withdrawn their names. Petition candidates are: * James F. Bennett,...
Places an MLS Can Take You: Credentialed Librarians Have a Ticket to Ride Almost Anywhere in Today's Information-Driven Job Market. (Cover Story)
Freedom and flexibility aren't words most people outside the profession associate with being a librarian. But in today's information-driven society, a growing number of librarians are discovering that their information smarts give them more choices...
Preconferences and Other Special Events. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
The following preconferences and other special events are considered ticketed events. To purchase tickets for these functions, please use Part II of the registration form. In addition, you can purchase tickets online at www.ala.org/events/annual2002/....
Presidential Candidates Square off at Midwinter Forum: Emphasis from Both Is on Opportunities, Challenges. (ALA Election)
The nominees for the 2003-2004 ALA presidency presented their views and took questions from the audience at a one-hour forum January 21 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans. To supplement the official and unedited candidates' statements...
Reaching 65: Lots of Librarians Will Be There Soon; Numbers Reveal Need for Major Recruitment Efforts. (Statistics)
From the Los Angeles Times in April '2001 to the New York Times in August, several recent news-paper articles have noted the shortage of librarians All note that libraries--especially public libraries--are having a hard time filling positions that...
Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Leveraging Laura Bush With the exciting news that Laura Bush is championing a $10-million initiative to recruit new librarians to the field (Feb., p. 18), it is time for ALA to put some brainpower into finding a solution to the critical shortage...
Registration Information. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
REGISTRATION TYPES Annual Conference Registration: Includes admission to all sessions and exhibits, Annual Conference Program, Opening General Session, President's Program, Closing Session and free shuttle service. Exhibits Only Badge: Includes...
State Library Closing Approaches. (Updates)
Gov. Gary Locke's proposal to close the Washington State Library in Olympia as part of an effort to fix a shortfall of $1.2 billion in the state's biennial budget (AL, Feb., p. 19-20) has public librarians worried. The suggested closure in October...
Statement by Carla D. Hayden, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)
"Libraries are reservations of strength," Germaine Greer once said. I believe they can also be the very core of our democracy in the diverse communities we serve. The American Library Association has been a powerful force in the advancement of library...
Statement by Katina Strauch, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)
Thank you ALA for giving me the opportunity to show my commitment to the profession that I love. As a 22-year continuous member of ALA, I have worked in public, academic, and special libraries as both a library technical assistant and a professional...
Study Shows New Funding Sources Crucial to Technology Services: LSTA, the E-Rate, and Other Programs Have Sparked Experimentation and Innovation. (Research)
In recent years public libraries have gained a number of new funding sources that they have used to enhance their technology infrastructure, telecommunications services, and network-based services and resources. In combination, these sources--which...
Technically Speaking: Technology Observations from the Big Easy. (Technology)
This year's ALA Midwinter exhibits in New Orleans were a lot like the city they were held in: laid back, mixing the new with the old, and showing lots of skin. Instead of starting the exhibits on Saturday morning, the conference exhibit planners...
The Association's Associations: ALCTS Strengthens the Profession's Framework. (News Fronts ALA)
A concept is defined as "something conceived in the mind" or "an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances." From AACR2 revisions and metadata standards to serials and the ALA Preservation Policy, the Association for Library Collections...
The Atlanta Local Arrangements Committee Is Ready to Welcome You to Atlanta. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
Atlanta is a city of neighborhoods. Quiet, tree lined streets surround the major thoroughfares that bring the world to our hometown. Just minutes from Centennial Olympic Park, the glass and steel neighbors give way to historic homes and quaint...
The Crawford Files: Who Are You to Doubt a Library Legend? (Professionalism)
On two or three occasions, I've been foolish enough to argue with a Library Legend, either in print or in a speech. With one exception, I've never heard directly from the Legends themselves--they're above all that. But in the most recent case, I did...
The Great Reference Debate: Abe Anhang and Steve Coffman Offer Predictions on the Future of Traditional Reference Librarians. (Reference)
The following are summaries of speeches by Abe Anhang and Steve Coffman at a debate about the future of reference librarians as we know them held during the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, Canada, in February 2001. When asked...
The Sacrifice of Confidentiality. (on My Mind)
Traditionally, doctors, lawyers, and clerics have willingly protected the confidences of their clients. Other professionals, including journalists and researchers, have attempted to appropriate this necessity in order to convince their interviewees...
This Month, 109 Years Ago. (Events)
In March 1893, the Dubuque Evening Telegraph in Iowa carried an obituary for Martha Chaddock, librarian of the Dubuque Library Association from 1865 until her death. It quoted an 1871 Independent magazine article about Chaddock in which author W. T....
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"We do go out but I still try to spend most of my time studying in the library." Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, describing to the January 31, New York Post how much time she spends with her boyfriend Ian Klause, a fellow...
Track Descriptions 2002. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
The 2001 Annual Conference introduced the system of thematic tracks, designed to make navigating the world's largest library conference easier. The seven tracks bring together programs from across ALA's divisions, roundtables and committees - so you...
Travel and Accommodations Information. (Conference - Atlanta 2002)
AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS GENERAL INFORMATION Travel Technology Group (TTG) is AL/Vs 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...
Virtual Meetings Aren't Meetings at All. (Editorial)
There's been a lot of talk recently about "virtual meetings," a concept I have a little trouble understanding. One recent ALA committee report refers not only to "virtual meetings," but to "electronic members" as well. I don't even want to think about...
White-Rights Speech Triggers Violence, New Meeting-Room Policy. (News Fronts)
A January 12 speech at the Martin Memorial Library in York, Pennsylvania, by World Church of the Creator founder Matthew Hale drew an audience of 70 and brought hundreds more out into the streets. Clashes outside the library between supporters of the...

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