American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 10, November

100 Years of Globalization in St. Louis: Library and Information Technology Association National Forum
"Globalization is a new word, but if you look at what was happening in this city a century ago, you realize it's just an old wine poured into a new bottle." With these words, historian Robert W. Rydell began the opening session of LITA's seventh national...
Access to Presidential Papers under Scrutiny
Former President Bill Clinton has said he wants to make 100,000 domestic-policy records available to researchers when his presidential library opens in Little Rock November 18, but the decision is actually up to President George W. Bush. The Presidential...
Cited
Lorraine Borchers, access services department head at the Valley Library at Oregon State University in Corvalis, has received the school's Professional Development Award. * Cheryl L. Davis has been appointed Triangle Research Libraries Network doctoral...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Khafre K. Abif became manager of the Rice branch of the Cleveland Public Library October 18. * Martha Andrews recently joined the New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces as processing archivist for the university archives. * Marilia Antunez...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is hosting an executive briefing November 3 on the role libraries can play when the national Freedom of Information Act goes into effect January 1, 2005. The act will...
Grassroots Report: Music and Literature on the Maine Stage
Stephen King. Lois Lowry. Richard Russo. Tamora Pierce. Dava Sobel. David Sibley. Virtually every public library has books by these authors on its shelves. The Portland (Maine) Public Library has been doubly fortunate in having these prominent writers...
Hurricane Survival Tactics: A Public Library Offers Emergency Service of EPIC Proportions
In mid-September 2003, as Hurricane Isabel hovered off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas, the Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library was primed and ready for action. The VBPL information providers, in tandem with the staff of the city's Public Information...
IMLS Announces Leadership Grants, Partnership
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded 44 grants totaling $13.8 million for exemplary leadership and model programs of library and museum collaboration. Simultaneously, IMLS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have established...
Indianapolis Library Faces Auditors, Lawsuit
Indiana's State Board of Accounts has identified nearly $50,000 in inappropriate expenses on credit cards belonging to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library from 2000 to 2003. An audit report released October 5 shows that former Chief Executive...
Internet Librarian: Follow Their Lead, Dawg
This month, I get to go to one of my favorite conventions of the year: Several hundred great people will soon be descending on an unsuspecting Cincinnati for the Virtual Reference Desk Conference. VRD began as a way for the early adopters of digital...
Judge Strikes Down Patriot Act's Section 505
On September 29, a federal court struck down the USA Patriot Act's Section 505, a provision that gives the FBI authority to issue national security letters to obtain transactional records from electronic communications service providers without judicial...
Librarian Salaries Increase Less Than Other Civilian Workers: Latest ALA Survey Shows Only a 2.3% Gain
Librarian salaries in 2004 increased at a lower rate than the rest of the U.S. workforce, according to the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 2004. A total of 15,027 salaries were reported, ranging from a low of $13,878 to a high of $241,280 with...
Librarian Thwarts Voter-Registration Trickery
A librarian in Medford, Oregon, has uncovered the real identity of a group masquerading as part of a nonprofit, nationwide voter-registration organization called America Votes. Looking into a fax sent to the Jackson County Central Library in September...
Library Advocacy Begins at Home
When the American Library Association unveiled its "Save America's Libraries" campaign (AL, March 2003, p. 50-51), I was skeptical. America's libraries were not dying, I maintained, and certainly did not need "saving." At the time I thought what was...
Music in the Air: Meet the Professionals Who Help Make the Performances Happen
What is it about music? It's everywhere--it fills our elevators and stores, our cars, and our headphones, not to mention our concert halls and garages. Music dramatically sets the mood at our sacred events, on our dance floors, and in our movies. We...
Obituaries
Barbara Louise Berman, 69, died August 18 of a heart attack. She was the collection development librarian in philosophy at Pattee Library at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. She also authored and edited several reference books and...
On My Mind: Can I Have Your Autograph?
I am a librarian. I am not a singer. I have never been in a play or a film. Recently I visited several local elementary schools to read to the children and to discuss literacy and journaling. On two successive Fridays, students approached me to ask...
Public Library Circulation and Expenditures Increase in 2003: Survey Shows a Big Jump in Adult Circulation Last Year
The Index of American Public Library Circulation climbed by 6% from 108 in 2002 to 115 in 2003, while the index of expenditures grew by 3% from 113 in 2002 to 116 in 2003. Additionally, the index of expenditures in constant-year 2000 dollars increased...
RUSA Helps Reference Librarians Retool
One of the hallmarks of a top-notch reference librarian is an eagerness to learn about new reference sources, services, and techniques. The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) wants to help all reference librarians become topnotch performers....
Salinas Library's Fate Hinges on Tax Measures
Faced with a multimillion-dollar deficit, the Salinas, California, council voted 6-1 September 21 to close all three of the city's public library branches in the first half of 2005. Officials also plan to close six recreation centers and reduce the...
Salute to Soldiers: A Letter-Writing Project Lifts the Spirits of U.S. Military Personnel
FROM KIDS TO SOLDIERS: "I'm very glad that somebody is protecting us. At night, when we go to bed, I thank God for soldiers. You are truly amazing." "Thank you for making us feel safe." "I pray for you every day and I hope you come home soon." "School...
Senators Criticize FCC over E-Rate Suspension
The Federal Communications Commission came under fire at a congressional hearing October 5 as senators criticized new FCC rules that have caused a delay in new grants through the federal e-rate program, which provides discounts on telecommunication...
Straight Answers from E. J. Josey
Perhaps no librarian since Melvil Dewey has recruited so many to the library profession, especially librarians of color. It has been a lifelong commitment for E. J. Josey, former ALA president and professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh's...
Technically Speaking: The Technology of Patriotism
By the time you're reading this, the election is likely over. I won't try to say that I predicted the outcome; suffice it to say I am either surprised or depressed. But I could not leave it at that, not in this political month. So, presidential politics...
The Crawford Files: Gadgets and Greatness
You've heard about a great new service, device, or medium. Should your library hop on it? Is this the next great thing, or one of the many new things that doesn't pan out? Does it make sense for your library--or as an experiment for your group of libraries?...
The Thin Line between Partnership and Endorsement
A few years back, the National Rifle Association approached American Libraries about buying ad space. We weren't sure what to say. Would it be censorious to refuse the ad? How would readers react to it? The deliberation was just getting interesting...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"When it comes to closed government, the Bush administration makes the Nixon White House look like the public library." Editorial Page Editor RENEE LOTH from "Bush's Passion for Secrecy," Boston Globe, September 21. "Look at what influences kids,...
Will's World: Balancing the Scales of Justice
Most libraries have a very supportive court-leave policy, but many librarians still try to avoid jury duty. This is understandable because it upsets our daily routine and can cause problems with transportation, childcare, and vacations. Many years...
Working Knowledge: Fighting Age Discrimination
Q I was an attorney for more than 15 years, but decided to go into a field where I could feel good about helping people in a positive way. After giving it some serious thought--and reading about an impending shortage of librarians--I quit my job and...
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