American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 11, December

21st-Century Literacy: Libraries Must Lead
LIBRARIES WILL AVOID OBSOLESCENCE IF THEY BECOME LITERACY BROKERS Will literacy, in all of its guises, be the key to economic viability for both individuals and their communities in the 21st century? There is growing evidence to indicate that it...
Academic Library Leaders Confer in Beijing
Autumn in Beijing was beautiful. Leaves were changing color as China's Peking University hosted the International Conference on New Missions of Academic Libraries in the 21st Century, October 25-28, in conjunction with its 100th anniversary celebration....
A Life in Literacy
A LONGTIME ADVOCATE OF LITERACY IN LIBRARIES LOOKS AT WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHERE WE SHOULD GO IN THE COMING CENTURY It was Theresa Truchot who first enlisted me in the cause for literacy. Mrs. Truchot was a diminutive retired schoolteacher with...
Can't We All Get Along?
For the last three months I have aimed my poisoned pen at bad bosses. This has made many people very happy to see those in the upper echelons of our libraries be skewered (all in a spirit of fun, of course). But before you relish these attacks upon...
Chapter Report: 'Tis the Season to Hold a Conference
When autumn leaves fall, chapter conferences bloom. Two conferences in late October - the Michigan Library Association (MLA) in Grand Rapids, October 21-23, and the Illinois Library Association (ILA) in Chicago, October 24-27 - offered a chance to...
Discord over Discards Resurfaces in Philadelphia
The yelping of public library watchdogs in Philadelphia has turned into a low growl, in the latest fracas over the discarding practices of the Free Library. Tipped off by alert patrons, the city controller's office October 20 impounded a flatbed...
Ethics: It Isn't Just Presidents Who Get in Trouble!
One thing that I've learned in some 15 years as a public library director is that none of us walks on water - unless it is covered by a very thin layer of ice. Many a talented and skillful administrator has ended up swimming in the coldest of water...
Extra Helpings for Literacy Helpers
As libraries expand their role in the literacy movement from tutor-student meeting places to program originators (see special section beginning on p. 36), it's no wonder that grantmakers such as the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund (www.lilawallace.org)...
Faculty Object to Shared San Jose Library
The passage of a $9.5-billion education bond measure by California voters on November 3 (see p. 14-16), some $86 million of which was earmarked for capital improvements to San Jose State University, has brought approval one step closer for a plan to...
From among Us: Literacy Programs Offer Tangible Benefits
ADULT LEARNERS AND TUTORS SHARE THEIR TALES OF LIBRARIES AND LITERACY Literacy is an enormous concept. It encompasses and suggests other words, other noble abstractions: freedom, responsibility, power, compassion, justice. These implicit meanings,...
Literacy 101 for the Digital Age
AS NEW TECHNOLOGIES RAISE THE INFORMATION LITERACY BAR, ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS MUST RETHINK THEIR ROLES Success in the next century - personal, professional, civic, and economic - will depend on the ability to participate intellectually in the emerging...
National Leadership Grants Fund Innovative Institutes
WITH A FINAL BURST OF ENERGY, THE VENERABLE PROGRAM MOVES TO A NEW FEDERAL AGENCY Current controversies over the future of library and information science education shouldn't blind the profession to the positive connections between librarianship...
Real-Life Empowerment through Family-Centered Literacy
PARTICIPANTS WORK TO FULFILL THEIR ROLES IN THE AREAS OF WORK, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND SELF Adult literacy has been a library service almost since the beginning of public libraries in our country. Most of us, however, who work in library-based adult...
Referenda Roundup: Good News for Libraries
Voters in Seattle overwhelmingly approved a $196.4-million bond measure on November 3 to upgrade the city's 107-year-old library system with new facilities, technology, and books, after months of opposition from a group favoring a public loan rather...
So They Won't Hate the Wait: Time Control for Workstations
With the Internet doubling in growth every year, the question is not whether libraries have time limits on computers - most do, typically ranging from 30 minutes to an hour - but how those limits are enforced. It would be nice to think library patrons...
The Changing Face of Youth Services in China
AN AMERICAN DELEGATION ASSESSES HOW KIDS ARE FARING AS LIBRARIES ADAPT TO THE CONTRADICTIONS OF A SOCIALIST MARKET ECONOMY Classes have ended for the day. Two uniformed students with short-handled brooms are happily sweeping around their desks....
What to Say to Somebody Who Thinks Libraries Are Passe
It's happened to me three times in one month, most recently on a bus in Guangzhou, China, where a tour guide asked in all sincerity, "Do you think there will be much need for libraries in the future, now that we have computers?" I've practiced my...
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