American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, March

ALA Council: Federal Focus at the Forefront
The agenda reflected a heightened attention to Washington at the ALA Council's Midwinter Meeting sessions, held January 21, 23, and 24 in Seattle. In addition to passing measures on orphan works, immigrant rights, and e-government proposed by the Committee...
ALA Executive Board: Board Hears of Turnaround in D.C
Updating the ALA Executive Board at the first of its Midwinter Meeting sessions, held January 19, 22, and 24 in Seattle, ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff said, "The big news from Washington is the 110th Congress." She noted...
Allied Professional Association: APA Reaches a Turning Point
Treasurer Teri Switzer announced, to applause from the ALA-Allied Professional Association Council, that as of the first quarter of FY2007, the organization showed its first positive net revenues, amounting to $21,757. Her report (ALA-APA CD#4) showed...
An Outlet for Creativity: Plugging in with Teen-Centered Podcasting
Over the past few years, there has been an online revolution in user-generated content. It is now quite easy for individuals to share their work on the Web--whether text, photographs, audio, or video. A podcast--a syndicated audio broadcast that can...
Blooming Booklovers: Sowing Enthusiasm for Reading
We all know the banally cheerful dictate that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But what about when life hands you daffodil bulbs? At the Pierce County (Wash.) Library System, you tie the emergence of these cheerful spring flowers to...
Budget Cuts Threaten British Library Services
Facing a potential 7% cut in their [pounds sterling]100-million annual budget, British Library officials said in late January they could be forced to charge fees to use the reading rooms for the first time in the library's history. In a briefing paper...
Campaign Statements
Nancy Davenport CANDIDATE FOR ALA PRESIDENT Intellectual freedom, the right to privacy, access to information, lifelong learning, diversity, and public service have so permeated my career as a librarian that they are simply a part of me. I am...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Service: Librarians Serve as Witnesses to History
Keynote speaker Tracie D. Hall led a capacity audience to repeated chants of "Keep your eyes on the prize and hold on" and "Gotta get ready for the big payback" during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration that carried the theme...
Global Reach
COTE D'IVOIRE (1) The United Nations peace-keeping mission in Abidjan is helping the University of Bouake law library replenish its collection January 31 by delivering donated books from the Lexis-Nexis Society in Paris. The country has been split...
How the World Sees Us
"I would like to offer an alternative site. Let's break ground for the ultimate embedment: the Bush Presidential Library in Baghdad, Iraq." Reader SUSAN LUCREZI responding to the announcement of President George W. Bush's plan to raise $500 million...
Let's Meet in the Middle: How to Make Meetings Matter
During a recent television interview, an employee of Warren Buffet commented that the famous investor never holds meetings with her. Instead, Buffet gives her annual goals and simply expects her to deliver. At the other extreme, at one point in my...
Library Guard Shoots at Fleeing Patron
An on-duty security guard at the Anderson County (S.C.) Library January 6 shot at a woman who set off the library's alarm as she fled the facility late in the afternoon. James Turner fired the single gunshot as the woman, who had ignored his repeated...
Life on the Island: Like Everyplace Else, Second Life Needs Libraries
Info Island. Doesn't that conjure up fascinating images? Palm trees swaying in a tropical breeze, sun dappling a cool and green lagoon, languorous string music wafting in the background, librarians in sarongs peeling fruit and answering reference questions....
LIS Educators Aim to Prepare Reflective Professionals
Some 450 members of the Association for Library and Information Science Education met in the Grand Hyatt Seattle for their annual conference January 15-18. Scheduled every year to precede ALA's Midwinter Meeting, this year's gathering of LIS educators...
Mattering in the Blogosphere: Cybrarians Speak Frankly about Their Online Lives
Libraryland is in the midst of a communicative and collaborative watershed, thanks to the democratizing power of blogs to add fresh viewpoints to the professional dialogue. Where this de facto expansion of library literature to the medium of online...
May Levy Set for Jackson County Libraries Closing in April
Faced with the impending closure of the Jackson County (Oreg.) central library and all 14 branches April 6, county commissioners voted 2-1 February 7 to place a levy on the May 15 ballot that, if approved, would allow the libraries to reopen. The levy,...
Newsmaker: Henry Jenkins
Henry Jenkins, director of the Comparative Media Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, may be the first MIT faculty member to have a Nintendo Wii avatar, known as a mii, created in his honor--impressive street cred for a scholar...
New Ways to Go beyond Information with ALA Editions
A Year of Programs for Teens Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton Each chapter covers one month of the year and includes four to five program ideas appropriate to the season, as well as suggestions for games, passive programs, and book displays....
Petition Candidates Seek Council Posts
In addition to the candidates for ALA Council listed in the December 2006 American Libraries (p. 13-14), 36 individuals have petitioned to be included on the ballot. According to ALA's Governance Office, petition candidates are: * Ismail Abdullahi,...
President's Budget Increases Library Funding
President Bush released his $2.9 trillion FY 2008 budget request February 5, which included $226.2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act--despite the cuts many programs are facing to allow for increases in defense spending. The LSTA...
President, Treasurer Candidates Square off at Midwinter Forum: Questions Prompt Agreement about Recruitment, Streamlining
The nominees for 2008-2009 ALA president and 2007-2010 treasurer shared their views with some 100 observers at a candidates forum January 20 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Selected by the Nominating Committee, their nominations were approved...
Rhapsody in Blog
Well, I finally did it. Joined the blogger ranks, that is. And I have to admit that it's pretty satisfying to completely bypass all the complicated checking and proofing that goes along with print publication and to post thoughts and views freely and...
Search Fatigue: Finding a Cure for the Database Blues
It is a feeling of frustration and dissatisfaction experienced by searchers trying unsuccessfully to find desired information in a database. It results when searchers cannot find what they are looking for and when they repeatedly get results that do...
Seattle Fish Throwers Inspire Conference-Goers: Spotlight Shines on Emerging Leaders, Library Education, Transformation
The rules of the FISH! Philosophy are: 1) Be there, 2) Play, 3) Make someone's day, and 4) Choose your attitude. As delivered by motivational speaker and "FISH! Philosopher" Deena Ebbert, these simple suggestions resonated with attendees at the Seattle...
Senate Committee Questions EPA Actions
The purpose of these oversight hearings is to remind EPA who they are truly accountable to--the American people." This salvo was part of U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) February 6 opening statement...
The Association's Associations: ALCTS
CREATING OUR FUTURE The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the theme "Commemorating Our Past, Celebrating Our Present, Creating Our Future." This three-part theme gives ALCTS an opportunity...
The Freedom to Select: Prescribing "Good" Books Is an Insult to Patrons
Our profession, it would seem, still cannot fully extricate itself from the legacy of unenlightened--if not contemptuous--regard for the very people it serves. While our libraries are no longer the bastions of entrenched institutional racism they were...
Transforming Reference: Online Tools Are Reinventing Reference Work
I recently attended the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, January 31-February 3, in Toronto, Canada, where I had the luxury of attending a number of conference programs--not something I often get to do these days. The conference theme,...
What's the Big Deal? Money, Money, Money at Midwinter
Deep Throat was right. Or at least Hal Holbrook (who portrayed him in All the President's Men) was when he told Robert Redford (as Bob Woodward) to "Follow the money." Well, money was talking, as they say, at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, where over 12,000...
When We Were Hawks: How ALA Supported the Great War Effort
In the past 40 years, librarians have used the platform of the American Library Association to challenge the federal government in its prosecution of foreign wars. Vietnam was not a popular war within ALA, and neither is our current struggle in Iraq....
Windows Vista Debuts; Library Techies Wary
One look at Windows Vista shows the difference," claims a Microsoft fact sheet, "with a breakthrough design, easy-to-use search and organization tools, and a safer online experience." But beyond the hype, what does the January 30 release of the long-awaited...
Youth Media Awards: Patron, Wiesner Win 2007 Newbery, Caldecott Medals
The writer of a novel about a 10-year-old girl named Lucky who lives in the California desert with her French guardian and the illustrator of a story about the images in a magical camera that washes up on a beach were named respective winners of ALA's...

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