American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 8, September

America's Librarians Deserve Better Pay. (President's Message)
A major daily newspaper columnist recently applauded a New Hampshire librarian for loving her work so much that after retirement she came in every day to do her old job as a volunteer. Why? She did it to save enough money for her small-town library...
An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. (Privacy)
Introduction Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library. (1) Further, the courts have upheld the...
Bear Market Claws at Trust Funds. (Briefs)
A volatile stock market has eroded one California library's trust fund by nearly $100,000 and is indirectly threatening acquisitions budgets-- often funded by endowment investments--at Utah colleges and universities. The Lodi (Calif.) Public Library...
British Library Workers Strike over Wages. (News Fronts)
Union strikes over pay increases disrupted library services throughout Great Britain July 17, and affected some services at the British Library July 29, August 8, and August 9. More than 750,000 municipal workers in England, Wales, and Northern...
Cited. (People)
Harriet Edwards, assistant director of the East Meadow (N.Y.) Public Library, recently received the 2002 Library Directory Associates Award for Excellence in Library Achievement from the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations. * Lael Dudley...
City Council Approves San Diego Library Plan. (New Fronts)
The San Diego city council unanimously approved a $303-million, 10-year plan July 30 to construct a new downtown library and build, expand, or renovate 22 branches. Mayor Dick Murphy called the plan, which will double library space citywide, "an...
Commemorating 9/11 with Local Heroes. (Grassroots Report)
The events of last September didn't only happen in New York and Washington, D.C.: They happened in every state and in every community. The need to commemorate, to understand, to grapple with the tensions between freedom and security is a national one....
Currents. (People)
Richard Alleva is now assistant head of the children's department at the Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut. * At California State University/Long Beach, Leslie Andersen is the new visual and performing arts librarian. * Mary T. Anderson...
Diversity Officer Says Farewell. (News Fronts ALA)
ALA's first diversity officer, Sandra Rios Balderrama, joined the staff in January 1998 (AL, Feb. 1998, p. 63). American Libraries interviewed Balderrama a few days before her July 31 departure to find out what her tenure has meant to her. AL: What...
Do Librarians Use Libraries? Is There a Library Book on Your Nightstand? If Not, Why Not? (Books)
In 1998, I attended a metadata conference with six colleagues from the University of Minnesota Libraries. As always, I made sure to bring along a book for bedtime reading that would clear my mind of the day's proceedings (especially important during...
Global Reach
ITALY By summer 2003, a substantial portion of the music of baroque Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi will be available on the Web as part of a joint project by three Italian libraries. Maurizio Messina, chief librarian of Venice's Biblioteca Marciana,...
Honoring the Best of the Best: ALA Award Winners 2002. (Awards)
The American Library Association Awards Program annually honors recipients for outstanding service to the profession. The more than 250 award, grant, and scholarship winners represent the best of the best in librarianship selected by jury committees...
Internet Librarian: Defining What We Do-All over Again. (Information Technology)
It is with great pleasure--and more than a little humility--that I write my first column under the "Internet Librarian" heading. Karen Schneider has done a masterful job over the last eight years to help us all know about, understand, evaluate, and...
Librarian Salaries: Annual Increase above National Average; Latest ALA Survey Shows a 4.2% Gain. (Salaries)
Since 1982 (annually since 1988) ALA has collected and published data on salaries paid to librarians in academic and public libraries that have at least two professionals. This has been done because people often ask ALA to tell them what salary might...
Muzzling What Sari Says. (Censorship Watch)
The board of trustees of the Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville, Iowa, voted unanimously July 10 to forbid the recently purchased Sari Says: The Real Dirt on Everything from Sex to School from being added to the collection. The board revisited their...
Obituaries
Mary A. McGrath Ahearn, 68, who retired in 1999 as a librarian for the Bergenfield (NJ.) Free Public Library and Information Center, died July 16. * Joseph C. Andrews, 62, head of collection management at the University of Central Florida Library...
On My Mind: The Militant Mission of the Uplifting Librarian. (Opinion)
If pressed to say in a few words why I'm a librarian, I'd answer it's because I have a mission to promote more and better reading. I'll say it even if it sounds sanctimonious. It puts me squarely in line with the 19th-century moralistic "uplift" movement....
Oprah and Out: Libraries Keep Book Clubs Flourishing; Reading Enthusiasts Come and Go, but Book Clubs Party on at Your Library. (Reading)
Oprah Winfrey may have popularized books and book discussions for everyone, but people were talking about books in libraries long before the talk-show maven made headlines. And while the celebrity book champion has moved on, there remains no dearth...
Patron's Tip Leads to Internet User's Arrest. (News Front)
Acting on a tip from a retired police officer, police arrested a British man who was thought to be looking at bombmaking Web sites at the Punta Gorda (Fla.) Public Library July 29 and evacuated the building for four hours when they discovered suspicious...
Patrons Vow Revenge after Illinois Director Fired. (News Fronts)
In the wake of the firing of Director Kellie Flynn, disgruntled patrons of the Lincolnwood (Ill.) Public Library announced at the July 15 board of trustees meeting that they would run a candidate against board President Barbara Balbirer, who must stand...
Recession Forces Ohio Libraries to Take Drastic Measures. (News Fronts)
Dwindling tax revenues in 2002 are shrinking state aid to Ohio libraries by millions of dollars. Although the percentage of the tax that funds libraries remains the same, 5.7%, the recession has affected the amount collected, and with a majority of...
Remembering September 11. (Cover Story: Special Report)
Bbearing witness to the horrific events of a year ago, librarians tell what they saw, what they lost, and how they are recovering. IN THE HOURS THAT FOLLOWED the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last September 11, librarians...
Talk about Anecdotal Evidence. (Will's World)
There's a new favorite phrase making the rounds lately. The term is "anecdotal evidence." I'm surprised that a lot of people are using this term on a colloquial basis, because it's a phrase that I didn't become familiar with until I took a course in...
Technically Speaking: New Vendors Heating Up Radio Frequency ID Market. (Information Technology)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which has been simmering on the back burner for years, may be coming to a boil, if the increasing number of entrants into this nascent market is any indication. 3M, Checkpoint, VTLS, Codeco, Lucatron,...
The Association's Associations: LITA Educational Opportunities Abound. (News Fronts ALA)
Members of the Library and Information Technology Association receive a wide array of opportunities to share their expertise and gain leadership experience. LITA also offers multiple educational opportunities for both members and nonmembers. The...
The Crawford Files: Kids These Days and the Future of Reading. (Reading)
We all know that our mutant children will inevitably change everything. That sentence highlights three assumptions that, when I encounter them in articles and speeches, raise a big mental sign: "Warning: Probable Nonsense Ahead." All three have...
This Month, 113 Years; Ago
IN SEPTEMBER 1889, the North American Review published an article by Boston Public Library's James M. Hubbard titled "Are Public Libraries Blessings?" In it, Hubbard took a reverse perspective on the idea that great readers inspire great books. ...
Uncle Sam Wants You, but He Doesn't Know Why. (Editorial)
Not a single person in the United States of America was unaffected by the events of last September 11. The logical effect of that horrific day on libraries has been overshadowed, however, by Uncle Sam's ill-conceived efforts to turn librarians into...
U.S.-Canada Travel Tips for 2003 Annual Conference. (News Fronts ALA)
ALA Conference Services Director Deidre Irwin Ross has compiled a set of tips for members and others in preparation for the 2003 joint ALA/Canadian Library Association Annual Conference, June 19-25 in Toronto. To help you start planning early, Ross...
Where the Sun Don't Shine: A Proposal to Give Appropriate Credit to Those Who Have Done Their Best to Stick It to Libraries. (Awards Facetiae)
The time has come to institute a new set of library awards. They are designed to recognize the contributions of officials at the federal, state, and local levels (as well as some celebrities) who--through meanness of spirit, arrogance, or stupidity--threaten...
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