American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, April

2010 Library Design Showcase
What you hold is one small portion of the new, more through, and more intelligent Library Design Showcase. At americanlibrariesmagazine.org/librarydesign 10, you will find these libraries and many more, broken down into 10 sections that highlight specific...
A Library Grows in Newburg: An Underserved Community Gets a Long-Awaited Branch
In August 2009, a decades-old dream came true for the people of Louisville, Kentucky's Newburg neighborhood. It came in the form of a new library, a branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) system. Not surprising to many of the more than...
Building Relationships: Boost Your Career by Serving as a Library Advocate
I recently had the opportunity to speak to several LIS student groups at the University of Denver, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and Queens College, City University of New York. I talked to them about advancing their library and information...
Canadian Library Serves Community as Olympics Host
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games are over and the Richmond O Zone celebration site here in British Columbia is being dismantled, but Richmond Public Library (RPL) staff are still reflecting on what it means to host the world. But let me shatter all...
Designing Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Places: How to Carve out a Niche That Epitomizes Service
Envisioning a new youth services space is a joint effort on the part of the architects, design professionals, staff, board, and community. It requires an examination of the mission and roles of the library and how the library utilizes space to satisfy...
Earthquake Recovery a Struggle for Chile's Public Library Services
Nearly two weeks after a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, library officials in the Department of Public Libraries of Chile's Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (DIBAM) are still trying to determine the extent of the damage...
Finding Your Voice: Blogging for Career Advancement and Networking
Having a professional online portfolio is a great way to show off your technology skills and provide additional information to potential employers that doesn't fit into your resume and cover letter. However, this alone won't give them a strong sense...
Fiscal Crisis Management: A Crash Course in Taking the Lead
A bad economy has resulted in a painful paradox for libraries: Government, institutional, and philanthropic funding for libraries has been severely cut across the country, while use is at record highs. Providing more service with fewer dollars is difficult...
Global Reach
COLOMBIA 1 CNN selected Luis Soriano, the primary school teacher who spends his free time operating a donkey-based mobile library, as its "hero of the week" in February. Soriano and his "biblioburro" offer reading education for hundreds of children...
Harry Ransom Center to House Magnum Photo Archive
Magnum Photos, the photographic cooperative whose members snapped some of the most iconic images of the last half of the 20th century, has sold its archives of almost 200,000 original press prints to an investment firm that has partnered with the University...
How the World Sees Us
"Librarians are my favorite people, and libraries are my favorite place to be." Agatha Award-winning mystery novelist KATHERINE HALL PAGE on why she dedicated a book to librarians, "Author 's Note," The Body and the Sleigh. "That these books are...
Invest in Yourself: With Very Little Time You Can Build Your Skills, Improve Your Performance, and Enhance Your Opportunities
Crazy times, right? Whether you are new to libraries or you've been around for a while, you would probably agree that our world has been spinning in a lot of different directions lately. With budget cuts, layoffs, reductions in hours, and new technology...
Libraries, Hospitals Join Forces to Promote Wellness in Body and Mind
Waiting is never easy for a child. For a child in a hospital, though, it's really a tough go. The looming surgery, the unfamiliar setting, even just the break in routine all pile on anxiety and make minutes seem like hours. Now many libraries are partnering...
Managing Digital Projects: "Accidental" Project Managers Can Benefit from Following These Useful Tips
While teaching a workshop management at last on digital project year's Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Seattle, I began by asking the participants to describe to the class a project for which they were responsible. One librarian...
Mirabile Visu: Google's Unexpected Commercial Raises Questions
Things I never thought I'd see: 1. The Saints winning the Super Bowl. 2. The Mariners making off-sea-son moves that might actually help for this year. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 3. A Google commercial. I couldn't quite believe it at first;...
Movie Tie-Ins
Watching the Academy Awards, I was struck again by the ever-mysterious alchemy that transforms a book into an Oscar-worthy movie. Certainly there is no consistent pattern: books of all shapes, sizes, genres, and levels of quality manage to make the...
My Favorite Medium: So This Is Where the Love Is
The guy driving the airport shuttle van couldn't get over it. I had arrived at the Philadelphia airport and was to be driven to a speaking engagement at a library conference in New Jersey. I had called the driver from home before I left to give him...
Newsmaker: Arnold Adoff
The legacy of Virginia Hamilton, often described as "America's most honored writer of children's literature," continues through the efforts of her husband, poet and anthologist Arnold Adoff, who recently gave an exclusive interview to American Libraries....
Our Conservative Ideals: The Profession's Values Are Not Solely Liberal Ones
Although TV talking heads discuss trillion-dollar bailouts for broken industries as if you might trip over one on your way to the unemployment office, libraries--which aren't broken--struggle to make our case. I sometimes worry that librarians' language...
Patriot Act Reforms Rebuffed for Now
The U.S. House of Representatives sent President Obama a bill extending three often-contested provisions of the Patriot Act on the evening of February 26, two days before the sections were due to expire. Approved by a vote of 315-97 the night after...
Planning for a Mobile Site: Six Steps to Going Mobile at Your Library
Mobile, mobile, mobile. It's all we hear these days. Mobile ... it's the new black. Mobile ... you just GOTTA. At my library, mobile web browsers have only accounted for .3% of the total site traffic this semester. Compensating for all the library's...
Risk, Failure, and Yield: A Private-Public Partnership Requires Creativity and Management, but Offers Significant Rewards
Elisabeth Doucett is an entrepreneur. She has to be. As director of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, one of her chief responsibilities is to raise funds for the collection. If she doesn't, nothing new will be added to the shelves. ...
Testing the Times
In the midst of an economic slump that has libraries everywhere cutting to the bare bones, it's a special pleasure to be able to present a showcase of new and renovated facilities that can hold its own against any other we've published since the annual...
The Association's Associations: ALSC
CREATING A BETTER FUTURE FOR CHILDREN Through nationwide initiatives, strategic partnerships, prestigious awards, and educational opportunities, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) advocates for the best possible library service...
The Pixelated Campus: Fortunately for Us, Class Is Always in Session
There is no frigate like a book," Emily Dickinson wrote long ago, "to take us lands away." Only the foolhardy would quibble with her eloquent, 19th-century paean to the written word, and librarians aplenty support reading as a vehicle for escape and...
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