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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 8, September

American Library Association: Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits 2007
what's included with your full registration? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALA PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM Sunday, January 21, 2007, 3:30-5:30 pm EXHIBITS Friday, January 19-Monday, January 22. The 2007 Midwinter Meeting Exhibits will be held in...
A Morale Imperative
Juicy salaries notwithstanding, libraries must find ways to attract and keep good employees. A recent survey of library managers has revealed that many directors use their ingenuity to sustain productivity and improve staff morale. Released by an...
Awards, and the Work That Wins Them
To be honest about it, I never really put much stock in awards. Oh sure, I watch the Oscars--but mostly to make fun of the gowns and the nominees for best song. I used to watch the Miss America Pageant, until it became, rather than amusing, kind of...
Bifurcate to Survive! to Today's Students, Libraries Mean "Books," Not "Information"; Addressing That Misconception May Be Essential to Our Continued Existence
According to Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, a 2005 report from OCLC, the first thing 69% of people think of when they think of a library is "books." The next most common association, "information," is cited by only 12% of respondents....
Currents: Professionals on the Move
In June Elizabeth Adelman was appointed head of collection management at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) law library. * Paula Alston became director of Montgomery-Floyd (Va.) Regional Library August 1. * August 14 the San Francisco Public Library...
Digital Transition Brings Changes to LC's Workforce
The growing emphasis on digital initiatives is compelling major shifts in the Library of Congress's workforce. In an August 16 article posted on the website of Government Executive magazine, LC Director for Workforce Acquisitions Bill Ayers said 200...
Grassroots Report: Unlocking the Joy of Reading
Everything changes when you get them reading. The big challenge is to actually get them to want to read." That's what Carole Taylor, teacher at the Harry L. Eastman School in the Cuyhoga County (Ohio) Department of Justice Affairs' Youth Development...
House Passes Bill Restricting Social-Networking Sites
Schools and libraries that rely on e-rate funding would be required to prohibit minors from using chat rooms and social-networking sites like MySpace under legislation passed July 26 by the House of Representatives (AL, Aug., p. 10). By a 410-15 vote,...
How to Be Popular: Two Prominent Educators Suggest Ways to Ensure Replacement of Our Aging Workforce
"Today's Most Unpopular Jobs." That was the March 3 headline at MSN.com. The story noted that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had projected that certain jobs will experience a shortage of qualified workers. The list that followed cited occupations...
IMLS Funds Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded nearly $1 million to ALA's OFD and the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences for the new Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship that will offer tuition support and stipends to 10 full-time...
Indiana Librarian Triggers Nationwide Toxic-Toy Recall
A serendipitous conversation during a summer-reading promotion between an Indiana children's librarian and a staff member of Bloomington Hospital triggered the August recall of thousands of toys containing hazardous lead levels that libraries nationwide...
Interior Worlds: LAMA and IIDA Name the Best Library Interiors of 2006
The winners of the inaugural ALA/International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Library Interior Design Awards demonstrate "excellence in aesthetics, design creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client's objectives," according to the award...
Internet Librarian: Reclaiming the Little Box
New Orleans was great. Yes, beastly hot. Yes, a long way to the outer reaches of the convention center. (Good news about Midwinter here in Seattle: Our center is much more vertical than horizontal.) Yes, everything seemed to move just a little slower...
"John Doe" Court Records Released
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ordered August 2 the full disclosure of court records related to Doe v. Gonzales--the challenge to the FBI's 2005 demand that Connecticut's Library Connection consortium turn over records of patrons' computer...
LITA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The year 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of the Library and Information Technology Association--many years of providing services by and for its members and the profession. LITA is celebrating throughout the year in a variety of ways, and existing and...
Map Dealer Now Admits Library Theft
Some 10 months after pleading not guilty to stealing more than 100 rare maps worth about $3 million (AL, Sept. 2005, p. 14), map collector and dealer E. Forbes Smiley III pleaded guilty June 22 in federal court to one count of theft and later that...
Net Neutrality and How It Just Might Change Everything
The alliance is unlikely: the American Library Association, actress Alyssa Milano, Ebay, the Gun Owners of America, musician Moby, Google, MoveOn.org, the Christian Coalition of America, Microsoft, and hundreds of other organizations, blogs, and individuals....
New WorldCat Search Site Offers Public Access
OCLC has launched a new destination website that will allow users to search the holdings of libraries participating in the WorldCat database directly rather than finding the records as part of search-engine results. The firm says the aim of WorldCat.org...
NYPL's Reading Room No Longer in a Class by Itself
Some 25,000 reference books in the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library are getting a new classification system this year. Since the 1890s, the Reading Room collection has been arranged according...
Obituaries-OCLC Founder Kilgour Dies at 92
Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of the Online Computer Library Center, died July 31. In 1967 Kilgour established a computerized library network on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus that became known as the Ohio College Library Center. This...
On My Mind: Empowerment through Discussion Groups
Librarians don't take enough time to talk to each other about the practical matters that concern the majority of our working hours. Attend any meeting and you'll find a frustrated committee chair trying to steer the conversation back to the business...
Providence to Keep Branches Open
After accepting a financial consultant's report that questioned the leadership ability of the Providence (R.I.) Public Library, the city's Finance Committee agreed to the report's recommendation July 20 to allocate an additional $250,000 to help keep...
Quick Vids: Views from the Front (Part I)
In a sense, the movies and modern warfare grew up together and were made for each other. Once the pure novelty of moving-image technology faded, early picturegoers began demanding increasingly lurid spectacles and more emotionally engaging stories...
Straight Answers from George Cigale
Over the past eight years, Tutor.com has changed the way librarians view online reference work. George Cigale, Tutor.com's CEO since co-founding the company in 1998, leveraged over 15 years of experience in tutoring and education services, most recently...
Technically Speaking: Parking Content
It's hardly original to suggest that one of the goals of a digital library is to collect, describe, preserve, and provide access to (usually) digital content. In this context, the goal of Institutional Repositories seems less lofty--that is, primarily...
The Next Big Library Legislative Issue: Taxpayers Are Storming the Fee-Based Barricades That Keep Them from Federally Funded Research
Sharon Terry is a highly visible advocate for the emerging issue of online public access to federally funded research. Her advocacy stems from painful personal experience. As a young mother, she learned that her two children had a rare and incurable...
The Winners Circle: 2006 ALA Award Winners
There is no prouder moment for those who have dedicated their lives to a career in librarianship than being recognized by colleagues and friends for achievement above and beyond the ordinary. This year's winners circle of more than 250 awards, scholarships,...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"Many libraries are attempting to fight this seasonal illiteracy by offering summer reading programs. They provide a list of suggested books and, occasionally, prizes as an incentive to actually read them. Unfortunately, the titles are about as uninspiring...
Time to Break out the Pinstripes: The For-Profit World Needs Us and Has the Cash to Pay Our Worth
The summer before my senior year in college was a momentous one because I concocted a plan for the rest of my life. I would begin by earning some advanced degrees--a master's in library science and another in history, specifically. Afterwards, I would...
University of California Joins Google Library Project
The University of California joined five other research libraries August 9 in Google's efforts to digitize books and provide access to their contents through its search engine. The deal covers more than 100 libraries on the university's 10 campuses,...
Who Are You and What Do You Do?
Almost every day now I find myself talking to one reporter or another on topics from small-business services to foreign-language materials in libraries. A daylong media pitch tour in New York City with ALA's partner ProMedia Communications sharpened...
Will's World: Why Management Theories Don't Add Up
Librarians make good managers because we are experienced at working with human beings. Yes, much of our work now involves interacting with machines, but we only use them as tools to help flesh-and-blood patrons find the informational and recreational...
Working Knowledge: Making the Ask
I presented a session at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on how to get your best possible salary and benefits. Afterward, I received the following message from Matthew David, an MLS student who was in the audience: "My basic problem is...
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